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Academic Partnerships Faculty Research Grants – 2015
Academic Partnerships (AP) places high value on supporting research and increasing scholarly knowledge regarding the effectiveness of online learning. We recognize that online learning is still a new field with a world of possibilities in terms of research. That is why we offer the Academic Partnerships Faculty Research Grant Program. Faculty or staff members at institutions working with AP-supported programs have an opportunity to apply for a research grant. Grants are of varying monetary value from $1,000-12,000 with most $5000 or under. Preference is given to proposals that utilize a controlled study to generate quantitative results. Projects should be scholarly and worthy of publication in refereed journals or other dissemination opportunities within each discipline. Grants will be awarded to proposals covering the following topics (we are open to a range of topics within each category):
- Design of Course Content
- Re-design projects that utilize worked examples, interleaved examples, and/or scaffolding, as an alternative to expository content
- Scenario-based objective assessments, as an alternative to written assignments
- Evaluating the quality and impact of student-to-student interaction and/or student-to-faculty interaction
- Course Facilitation (Faculty- Student Interaction)
- Development of best practices around the use of synchronous sessions for faculty-student contact other than delivery of didactic knowledge, e.g. problem-solving sessions, Q&A, assignment reviews
- Development of innovative practice to improve quality or speed of explanatory feedback provided to students on assessments
- Instructional Technology
- Adoption of a new instructional technology tool to promote either deeper learning or efficiency of learning
- Competency-Based Learning
- Use of diagnostic assessments (mapped to competencies or course objectives) to create adaptive or personalized course experiences for students and their effect on the student or faculty experience
- Mapping of course content to competencies or objectives and the effect on student outcomes or experience
Am I eligible?
If you answer “Yes” to the following questions, you are eligible.
- Do I actively teach in a program that has an online partnership with Academic Partnerships?
- Will my research increase scholarly knowledge and provide quantitative data regarding the effectiveness of online learning?
- Does my research project include an aspect of quality improvement for online teaching and learning?
Note: Employees of Academic Partnerships are NOT eligible to participate in any way in AP Faculty Research Grants submitted by University Partners.
Important Dates – Fall 2015 Grants
- 8/3/2015 – Call for Proposals
- 10/2/2015 – Proposals due via AP Faculty Research Grant Application
- 11/6/2015 – Award Notification sent with Memo of Understanding
- 11/20/2015 – Signed Memo of Understanding due to Academic Partnerships
- 11/20/2015 – Projects to begin
- 3/4/2016 – Mid-completion report due
- 7/1/2016 – Projects to be completed
- 9/2/2016 – Final research summary and report due to Academic Partnerships
Evaluation Criteria and Review Process
Proposals will be evaluated according to the following weighted criteria:
- Alignment of the project goals and objectives (weight factor=3)
- Intellectual merit of the proposed project (weight factor=2)
- Clarity and appropriateness of the research design and procedures (weight factor=2)
- Appropriateness of the budget and strength of the budget justification (weight factor=1)
- Likelihood of scholarly publication (weight factor=2)
Proposal scores will be averaged and assigned a rating in accordance with the following scale:
- Exceptional (9-10 points)
- Very Good (8 points)
- Good (6-7 points)
- Fair (5 points)
- Poor (3-4 points)
- Not acceptable (0-2 points)
AP Grant Selection Committee members will independently review proposals and assign a preliminary score to each based on the above criteria. Preliminary scores will be averaged for each proposal and a preliminary ranking will be established. If any proposal is incomplete or does not follow guidelines, the committee will decide as a whole whether it is eligible for funding. The committee will also decide as a whole whether any proposed budget should be reduced. Click here to apply for the AP Faculty Research Grant. Questions regarding the grant, application, process, status please contact Faculty eCommons, Academic Services, Academic Partnerships, 600 N. Pearl Street, Suite 900, Dallas, TX 75201.