Solid foundation courses for undergraduate studies

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Foundation courses help you make sure you start off your university education right. Sometimes these are courses you have to take to meet the requirements for a program; sometimes they're optional. Either way, foundation courses help you develop the learning skills you'll need for university. And Athabasca University has many great foundation courses that you can take whether or not … [Read more...]

The nightmare protection hypothesis: An AU tutor’s surprising research

The nightmare protection hypothesis suggests that combat video games can help some people cope with nightmares.

The “nightmare protection hypothesis” by Dr. Jayne Gackenbach and colleagues suggests the relationship between violent video games and nightmares — at least for some groups of people — is not what you might expect it to be. And for people like soldiers, combat video games might even be a source of empowerment and therapy for coping with traumatic events. How Gackenbach came to … [Read more...]

Yes, Priscilla, Athabasca University is real

Athabasca University Main Campus

Because Athabasca University teaches students online mostly, people who don’t know us well still sometimes wonder if we’re “real.” Do we have a campus? Professors? Staff? Is “Athabasca” even a real place? One of our students grappling with these classic AU questions was Priscilla Lear, a sociology student who lives in Maputo, Mozambique. But to satisfy her curiosity and get proof … [Read more...]

Grad tales: AU grads share what made their graduation journeys special

Athabasca University Convocation

Athabasca University has a unique convocation tradition. As the grads cross the stage, a professor reads a 30-second story about each grad, giving the audience a feel for who the grads are along with the highlights — and lowlights — of their educational journeys. To recap this year’s convocation, we’re sharing some of our favourite nuggets from the tales told about our class of … [Read more...]

Integrating work and life in the online classroom: AU’s Master of Arts – Integrated Studies

Athabasca University Convocation

One of the largest Master of Arts programs in interdisciplinary studies in Canada, AU’s MA Program in Integrated Studies includes courses across the full spectrum of disciplines in the humanities and social sciences, from literature to anthropology, and from global studies to education studies.  The MA-IS Program combines disciplines to form 11 interdisciplinary concentrations, or … [Read more...]

Recipients of the President’s Award for Research and Scholarly Excellence announced

Athabasca University ARC Building

Dr. Frits Pannekoek, President of Athabasca University, announced the two recipients of the President's Award for Research and Scholarly Excellence (PARSE). This award is presented each year. Adjudication of PARSE is done by the General Faculties Council Academic Excellence Awards Committee (AEAC). This award is given in recognition of a record of excellence in research … [Read more...]