The AU online Executive MBA celebrates 20 years

Athabasca University Deborah-Hurst

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...]

Why online bachelor’s and master’s degrees are more popular than ever for working professionals

Athabasca University

It’s more important than ever to be a lifelong learner, continually building your knowledge and skills so you stay on the leading edge of your field. Competition is fierce in a tightened job market, and professionals have to increase their knowledge base to stand out from their competition. It’s becoming the norm for professionals to need at least one degree to do well in their … [Read more...]

Adaptivity, personalization and MOOCs

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

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

Open Education Resource (OER) Foundation Logo

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...]