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...]

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...]

Athabasca University’s student support centre explained

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I want to respond to some of the concerns students and a few tutors have raised about AU’s move to a support or success centre model. The move is based on applying what has been working well within the Faculty of Business for the last twenty years. The Faculty of Business operates a "Student Support Centre" it is not a "Call Centre." Referring to what we do as a call centre is a … [Read more...]

Architecture education ventures further online with the new BSc in Architecture

Athabasca University BSc Architecture program launch event

Architecture education in Canada is reinventing itself with an online degree that will help the country meet its rapidly growing need for more architects. Athabasca University and Architecture Canada | Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) have teamed up to offer the Bachelor of Science in Architecture. Leading members of the architecture community came together in … [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...]

New Alberta OER Initiative co-chaired by AU’s Rory McGreal

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Dr. Rory McGreal, Athabasca University’s resident expert in open educational resources (OER), has been named co-chair of a new government-funded OER committee that plans to lighten the financial burden of post-secondary education for students both within and beyond Alberta. “Student groups and leaders have been clear this is an important issue for them,” said Premier Dave … [Read more...]

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

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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...]

The AU online Executive MBA celebrates 20 years

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Back in 1994, the Internet was still new and relatively unknown; its potential power to connect and educate was seen by only a few forward thinkers. It’s not surprising then that the decision on the part of Athabasca University to launch the world’s first online Executive MBA program was viewed with skepticism. It was a brand new idea, a radical idea, and there were no guarantees. … [Read more...]