Education

In Athabasca University's graduate programs in distance education, we teach our peers how to do what we do best: design and deliver online education to students everywhere. Read on for news and stories about AU's work in the distance education sector, and learn more by visiting the AU Centre for Distance Education.

NSERC awards innovation in AU scientific research

It was a good-news day on Athabasca University's research front. The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) just announced its results of the 2017 Discovery Grants, Discovery Development Grants, scholarships and fellowships competitions. The unveiling of the post-secondary research awards, held Friday at the University of Victoria on Vancouver … [Read more...]

Games for brains

New online gaming project gets AU researchers hefty funding prize One of Athabasca University’s star researchers in the School of Computing and Information Systems just got wind of a healthy cash injection she’s been awarded toward an exciting new gaming project. Last week, the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) announced $1 million in Community Investment … [Read more...]

Travelling Graduates

Aside from time studying in the virtual world, a number of AU students spend their time exploring the real world. Whether it’s travelling for work, as a treat between course loads, or to reward themselves for graduating, AU students are racking up the hours — and frequent flyer points — jet-setting the country and the world over. Oh the places they’ve gone We asked some of our … [Read more...]

Lessons on Life and Learning from a 93-year-old graduate

By Heidi Staseson Another Athabasca University Convocation, another resounding success. Perhaps (so we’ve been hearing) even one of the better ones to date! From Thursday through Saturday last week, 400 of the nearly 2,000 graduates, from across Canada and beyond, descended upon the impressively festive Town of Athabasca, Alberta, to receive their university … [Read more...]

This Mom’s Reality – Why AU works

Bachelor of Commerce Degree This Mom's Reality Athabasca University Tasha Lapishnoff #AthaU AU Online Education Work Life Balance Online Learning Mother's Day Mom's Day Bumps in the Road Bachelor of Management

I have spent a lot of years thinking about “what I want to be when I grow up”. I’ve changed my mind on the answer countless times until one night a friend of mine made a comment about how great it would be if we had our own publishing house. At that moment, something seemed to click for me. This is what I wanted to do with my life. If I’m writing my own books and I know people … [Read more...]

This Mom’s Reality: Bumps in the road

This Mom's Reality Athabasca University Inas Zeidan International Student Gerrmany #AthaU AU Online Education Work Life Balance Online Learning Mother's Day Mom's Day Bumps in the Road Bachelor of Management

My original plan was to earn my Bachelor's degree long before I had any children. Back in 2005, I applied at a college in Manitoba for 2+2 program. Basically 2 years of college, then after earning my diploma, continuing for another 2 years at university for a Bachelor's degree. I was very eager for the experience of college and university and was looking forward to the next four … [Read more...]

This Mom’s Reality – Just say yes

Like many AU student moms, real life happened when I made other plans. I ended up leaving my first round of university studies before I finished my degree and then I met my British husband and moved overseas. While this brought so many real life experiences, not finishing my education was something that weighed me down. Once we returned to Canada, I looked into completing my … [Read more...]

This Mom’s Reality – Survival

This Mom's Reality Athabasca University Stephanie Wieler #AthaU AU Online Education Work Life Balance Online Learning Mother's Day Mom's Day Survival 2017

Being a mom is a challenge, having to deal with the late nights, temper tantrums and never ending laundry definitely keep us on our toes. I recall coming home from my full time job and already being exhausted, but moms don’t get a break...the kids need to be fed, bathed and tucked into bed. After realizing that I was unhappy in my line of work, I knew that I needed a change, but I … [Read more...]

Mommies In-Step

Mirror, Mirror, on the wall: Who's the fairest of them all? Why stepmothers, of course. This according to one AU researcher and 2016 graduate, Cara Zaharychuk. Through the years, television, motion-picture and fairy-tale portrayals haven’t been kind to the stepmother. From Cinderella’s venomous grey-bunned arch-enemy (who, in Disney's version, forced the latter to scrub bare … [Read more...]

Explore Italy this summer— Eco-educational-style

Have you ever wanted to explore Italy's Old World Tuscany countryside from a New World, eco-educational vantage point? Athabasca University, in partnership with The Synergia Institute, is providing an opportunity for interested students to do just that from July 10 to 21. Summer school you want to attend The Transition to Cooperative Commonwealth: Pathways to a New Political … [Read more...]