About the eCommons
The Academic Partnerships’ (AP) Faculty eCommons is a social learning “ecosystem” for faculty across the globe to learn, collaborate and share research about effective online teaching and learning. The eCommons offers research, guidance, professional development, membership to the Sloan Consortium, and review of national quality standards to assist faculty in preparation and evaluation of their online courses and programs.
AP and Sloan-C Strategic Alliance
Academic Partnerships has established a strategic alliance with Sloan-C to provide their research-based practices and standards to AP partner faculty. Sloan-C is a consortium dedicated to improving the quality, scale and breadth of online education. Academic Partnerships also offers a $1000 grant for first-time membership of Sloan-C for partner universities. Through the Faculty eCommons, AP partner faculty have access to tools such as practitioners’ documents, webinars and the interactive version to the Sloan-C Quality Scorecard to make their online education experience more effective.
Faculty Research Grants
Faculty members working with Academic Partnerships have an opportunity to apply for a research grant. The purpose of the grants is to support faculty research and increase scholarly knowledge regarding the effectiveness of online learning. These research studies are shared through AP’s Faculty eCommons. One hundred thousand dollars is available in incremental awards for individual or collaborative research studies. Projects should be scholarly and worthy of publication in refereed journals with dissemination opportunities within each discipline.
Meet Outstanding Faculty
Have you or one of your colleagues been recognized for an accomplishment, achieved a professional milestone, or demonstrated innovation in higher education? Nominate yourself or a deserving colleague for the Faculty Spotlight.
Academic Partnerships support for university faculty is guided by recognized quality standards, including the Quality Scorecard used by universities to evaluate their online programs, and Quality Matters which focuses on course instruction and design.
By subscribing to the Quality Matters™ program, the Academic Partnerships team is able to provide a national benchmark for online course design, during both the course design phase and when reviewing existing courses for possible enhancement. AP team members conduct ‘Course Blueprinting’ sessions with university faculty and instructional designers, using the Quality Matters™ Rubric and other key success factors to create course designs that promote student engagement and success. AP also conducts comprehensive reviews of each course before their release and can provide specific feedback to the faculty author of a course.
The comprehensive Quality Scorecard, a more comprehensive measure of all elements of an online program, guides AP staff in their support of universities aiming to achieve overall exemplary quality scores.
Questions about any of the information above? Please contact FacultyCommons@AcademicPartnerships.com