Reducing costs and increasing relevance with open-education resources

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After submitting OER proposals to Campus Alberta’s Open Education Resource Initiative, AU faculty has learned six of its applications were successful. The initiative granted more than $430,000 to the faculty members’ projects. The Campus Alberta OER Initiative is designed to assist students by reducing education costs and to provide faculty members with the resources necessary to … [Read more...]

Art: 5 facts about why it helps online learning

Images are just one kind of art that can be used as a teaching tool in online learning. Professor Dr. Beth Perry has also used poetry, music and even something she calls "conceptual quilting."

Dr. Beth Perry is a professor in health care studies at Athabasca University and an authority on using arts-based teaching strategies in online learning. On November 17, she added another credential to her CV: recipient of the 2014 Award for Excellence in Nursing Education (Tenured) from the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing (CASN). In honour of Beth receiving this award, … [Read more...]

Yes, Priscilla, Athabasca University is real

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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...]

AU grad student secures $60,000 grant for research on access to education for students with disabilities

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Djenana Jalovcic, EdD, an Athabasca University Graduate Student (Distance Education), has been successful in securing a $60,000 scholarship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) over a 36-month period for her project entitled, "Access to Online Higher Education for Students with Disabilities". This exciting research is in keeping with the mandate of the … [Read more...]

Adaptivity, personalization and MOOCs

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Online learning has come a long way since its fusion in mainstream education. Significant growth in both hardware and software technologies in recent years have now made it a real possibility of removing barriers to education and widening the access for those who are not able to come to a physical campus. More recent advancements have emerged as massive open online course (MOOC) … [Read more...]

In Alberta, the future of education started in 1970

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At no time in recent memory has the future of higher education received as much media attention as it has in the past several years. In 2012, major newspapers, magazines, television, and radio programs focused much of their analysis on the future of higher education. How will we learn in a digital, networked, globalized economy?   Business leaders have boldly declared … [Read more...]

Alberta poised to become an international leader in open education

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Launch of the Open Education Resource Foundation A new international organization designed to assist education institutions in reducing costs through open education materials has been officially launched. Athabasca University is a founding member of the international Open Education Resource (OER) Foundation. Professor Rory McGreal of Athabasca University is the Canadian OER … [Read more...]