Academic Partnerships Awards $50,000 to Support Online Learning and Commits Additional $100,000 in Research Grants to Faculty in 2013

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Faculty eCommons site awards faculty researching online learning

Faculty eCommons, the newly launched community site supporting online faculty around the world, today announces their first set of research grant recipients. Faculty eCommons’ Research Grant Program, funded and administered through Academic Partnerships (AP), aims to support faculty research on the impact and effectiveness of online learning. Additionally, due to the high number of faculty applications in 2012 and the extraordinary surge in demand for online learning, AP announces that it is doubling its faculty research grants to $100,000 in 2013.

Faculty eCommons is a one-of-a kind space for faculty to learn, collaborate and share research about effective online teaching and learning. The site was developed to respond to one of the most rapidly developing trends in higher education – the demand for online courses and degrees accessible via an advanced and flexible learning platform. A recent study by Sloan Consortium found that enrollment in online courses and degree programs are outstripping the growth of traditional on-campus instruction 10 to 1. The Faculty eCommons site empowers faculty with the best pedagogy and tools to create high quality online educational content.

“The passion for learning innovation shown in the faculty applications was overwhelming and inspirational. We are proud to support this impressive group of professionals in their research, which will benefit students and educators online and off,” said Randy Best, founder and chairman of Academic Partnerships.

The winning faculty proposals ranged from overarching research in online education (such as “Learning at the speed of light: Deep learning and accelerated online graduate courses”) to those geared to a specific degree (“A comparative analysis of demographic and academic success characteristics of 2,355 online RN to BSN students”). The 2012 research studies from each of the below grant recipients are currently available on the Faculty eCommons site.

The complete listing of research grant recipients is as follows:

  •     Dr. Po-Lin Pan of Arkansas State University
  •     Dr. Olajide Agunloye, Dr. Samuel Hardy & Dr. Paulette Harris of Augusta State University
  •     Dr. Krishnan Dandapani, Dr. Deanne Butchey & Dr. Edward Lawrence of Florida International University
  •     Dr. Stefan Andrei of Lamar University
  •     Dr. Ordene Edwards of Lamar University
  •     Dr. Lynn Godkin & Dr. Vivek Natarajan of Lamar University
  •     Dr. Pam Frampton & Anastasia M. Trekles of Purdue University Calumet
  •     Dr. Casey Graham Brown of Texas A&M University Commerce
  •     Dr. Maria Hinojosa & Dr. Rusty Waller of Texas A&M University Commerce
  •     Dr. Raghu N. Singh of Texas A&M University Commerce
  •     Dr. Kimberly Breuer of University of Texas at Arlington
  •     Dr. Joohi Lee of University of Texas at Arlington
  •     Dr. Beth Mancini & Jean Ashwill of University of Texas at Arlington
  •     Dr. Dave Jackson, Dr. Joo Jung & Dr. David Sturges of University of Texas at Pan Am
  •     Dr. Raj Desai of University of Texas at Permian Basin
  •     Dr. Dian Jordan-Werhane of University of Texas at Permian Basin

For 2013, $100,000 is available through the Academic Partnerships Research Grant Program. Award amounts range from $1,000 - $5,000 for individual or collaborative research studies. Proposals with an emphasis on online course quality are eligible for grant funding. For more information on applying for an online learning research grant, please visit:

About Faculty eCommons
Developed by Academic Partnerships, Faculty eCommons is a social learning ecosystem for faculty across the globe to work together and better online education. The site offers industry research, guidance, best practices, and professional development, with a focus on national quality standards. Academic Partnerships has a strategic alliance with Sloan Consortium and a subscription to the Quality Matters™ program, which are available to AP Partner faculty. For more information, visit:

About Academic Partnerships
Dallas-based Academic Partnerships partners with universities to deliver students full degree programs online. The company was founded by social entrepreneur, Randy Best, an 18-year veteran of developing innovative learning solutions to improve education. Academic Partnerships helps universities increase access to high-quality education by providing the technology, student recruitment and faculty support necessary to serve online students. Academic Partnerships is guided by the principle that the opportunities presented through distance learning make higher education more accessible and achievable for students in the U.S. and globally. For more information, please visit
Sam Friedman, ap(at)groupsjr(dot)com, 646.493.1105

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