Academic Partnerships Publishes Guide to Quality in Online Learning

Publication Provides Insight into Key Quality Issues in Online Education from Higher Education Experts

Jun 11, 2013, 10:00 ET from Academic Partnerships

DALLAS, June 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Academic Partnerships (AP), one of the largest representatives of online learning in the United States and around the world, today announced that it has published in both English and Chinese a pioneering primer on the key quality issues in online education.  Edited by international higher education authorities Stamenka Uvalic-Trumbic and Sir John Daniel and authored by learning experts Neil Butcher and Merridy Wilson-Strydom, A Guide to Quality in Online Learning is designed to provide insight into opportunities presented by online learning and is available to readers free of charge.

"The most rapidly developing trend in higher education is the utilization of technology for the delivery of instruction by universities around the world," said AP Chairman and CEO Randy Best.  "We have long been committed to ensuring that our partner universities retain their exceptional quality as they bring their academic programs online to reach global audiences.  The editors and authors of A Guide to Quality in Online Learning are remarkable experts who share AP's commitment to quality, and we are delighted to offer their insights to the global education community."

AP Senior Advisor Stamenka Uvalic-Trumbic said, "Individuals, institutions, and professional bodies in many countries are addressing the challenge of how to assure that online learning provides a top-quality experience for students.  Our publication addresses the issues associated with what has become a truly global phenomenon."

"We hope it will be useful not only to those who are considering online learning, but also to institutions that have already embraced it," added AP Senior Advisor Sir John Daniel.

Structured in the form of 16 frequently asked questions, the guide distils extensive experience and research into a compact and readable account, while also providing a detailed bibliography should readers wish to explore particular issues in more detail.

Reflective of AP's commitment to expanding access to knowledge, A Guide to Quality in Online Learning is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License and, as such, may be copied, distributed, transmitted, and adapted free of charge and without prior permission.

The guide is available through Academic Partnerships by clicking here (English version) and here (Chinese version).  It is also available through The Open University of China (China Central Radio and TV University) by clicking here.

About Academic Partnerships 

Academic Partnerships (AP) helps universities convert their traditional degree programs into an online format, recruits qualified students and supports enrolled students through graduation.  Serving more than 40 public universities in the United States and numerous top foreign institutions, AP is guided by the principle that the opportunities presented through distance learning make higher education more accessible and achievable for students in the United States and around the world.  The company was founded by social entrepreneur Randy Best, an 18-year veteran of developing innovative learning solutions to improve education.  For more information, please visit

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