Introducing AU’s president designate: Dr. Neil Fassina

Dr. Neil Fassina will become Athabasca University’s eighth president on October 11, 2016. The announcement was made Wednesday morning at the university's main campus in Athabasca by Margaret Mrazek, the interim chair of the university's Board of Governors. Fassina will lead Athabasca University as it develops and implements sustainable solutions to its financial challenges … [Read more...]

Apply for AU’s Indigenous Awards

Funded by the Government of Alberta and administered by Athabasca University, the 2016-17 Indigenous Careers Award and Indigenous Graduate Award are intended to encourage a larger proportion of indigenous Albertans (First Nations, Métis, and Inuit) to pursue and complete full-time undergraduate or graduate studies in Alberta. We had a successful application turnout for the 2015-16 … [Read more...]

Exciting new graduate course with a famous author

Indigenous Course Athabasca University

Join us this fall for an exciting opportunity to take MA-IS 752, a graduate seminar taught for the Master of Arts-Integrated Studies (MA-IS) by internationally known Canadian poet and author Di Brandt. “Poetry and Drama of the Canadian Prairies and the North” addresses an extraordinary collection of exciting, challenging, inspiring, beautiful, diverse works by Aboriginal and … [Read more...]

AU Press shortlisted in publishing awards

The impressive work to date of our very own AU Press is being lauded by The Book Publishers Association of Alberta (BPAA). Last week it announced the 2016 contenders for its annual Alberta Book Publishing Awards, and AU press is on the shortlist in two categories. The BPAA award shortlist recognizes the works of publishers across Alberta. Jurors in the publishing industry from … [Read more...]

Propelled to lifelong learning

Cathy McDonald broadcasting media

In an economic downturn and the increasingly volatile world of news media, recent Athabasca University graduate, Cathy McDonald, found a way to weather the storm. She embraced it, head-on. The Calgary-based, former broadcast news reporter and radio promotions personality was able to shift career gears in a flash – all because she stayed the course when it came to her AU degree … [Read more...]

Just Launched: New Library Orientation Video Series

AU Library & Scholarly Resources has created a new Library Orientation Video Series, based upon its live Adobe Connect orientation webinars. The newly launched videos for students feature optional closed captions, chapter-by-chapter viewing, and chapter descriptions. This will allow you to quickly and conveniently access the information presented in the webinar on your own … [Read more...]

Presence in online environments in China

Marti Cleveland Innes China

On June 14th, 2016, Dr. Marti Cleveland-Innes of the Centre for Distance Education at Athabasca University presented, via AdobeConnect, to instructors studying teaching at the Open University of China. With the assistance of Dr. Xiaoying Feng, who offered translation and discussion support, Dr. Cleveland-Innes provided a detailed review of presence in online environments. Open … [Read more...]

Slow and steady wins the race

The term "paced program" couldn't be more fitting for recent AU graduate Cristina Vanderhaden. The Ottawa-based, BA (French) major and recent retiree from the RCMP, spread out her AU adventure over a full 30 years — a snail's pace for some — but a perfectly timed journey for Cristina. Starting AU in 1985 gave her the opportunity to watch our university transition from a distance … [Read more...]

Dr. Rory McGreal: A Lifetime of Achievement

The Open Education Consortium (OEC) recently honored AU's Dr. Rory McGreal with its Lifetime Achievement Award. Presented in collaboration with its 2016 winners of the Open Education Awards, held at the OEC's Open Education Global Conference in Kraków, Poland, in the "Special Merit Award" category — the accolade is typically bestowed to individuals who, during their lifetimes and … [Read more...]

Royal Architectural Institute of Canada honors two of AU’s own

  On Friday, June 10, the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) presented Honorary Memberships to Lisa Carter, dean of AU's Faculty of Science and Technology, and to Program Administrator Carole Mason. The prestigious awards were presented to the pair at the 2016 RAIC Festival of Architecture by the Ottawa-based, RAIC President Allan Teremura. Held at the … [Read more...]