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

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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

Cristina Vanderhaden, Athabasca University, B.A. grad, June 9, 2016 [photo credit: Gary Vanderhaden]

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

Professor Rory McGreal of AU's Centre for Distance Education. He is also the Chair-holder in Open Educational Resources for UNESCO/Commonwealth of Learning.

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

The 2016 Governor General's Medal (recipients) in Architecture (for outstanding buildings across Canada) 
[photo credit: RAIC 2016]

  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...]

Never too late to graduate

AU 2016 Graduate Douglas Hoover having fun with #AUGrad16 selfie stations!

"Sweet 16" has a new meaning for Douglas Edward Hoover. That's the number of years it took  him to get his AU Bachelor of Arts Degree. "I would say I'm 39, but since that joke is as old as the Jack Benny Program, I will fess up and say I turned 62 on May 2!" jokes Hoover. "It was well worth the time," he adds, noting that in those years he got to watch his daughter Elsie go … [Read more...]

From the homestead to Human Sciences and beyond

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  A lot can happen in a year. With AU Convocation 2016 just a week away, we thought we’d provide a snapshot of one of last year’s graduates, to depict just how far the AU experience can take you. 2015 graduate Kirstin George’s AU journey has certainly led to some interesting adventures and achievements since receiving her parchment a year ago. When she enrolled at AU … [Read more...]

Helping students affected by natural disasters

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In response to the devastating wildfire affecting our students in Fort McMurray, AU’s Student Awards Committee has approved two new awards to help students impacted by the fires. The Natural Disaster Convocation Bursary can fund up to $1,000 for students who are facing unexpected expenses that may affect their participation in Convocation. The Natural Disaster Emergency … [Read more...]

Listening & Learning: May

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As a student of Athabasca University, you not only have access to brilliant minds and mind-blowing programs or courses, you have access to a very extensive music library database. In this month's Listening & Learning, Dr. Kevin Whittingham walks us through duets for violin and organ that can be found in the Naxos Music Library. Like in previous months, we think the suggestions … [Read more...]