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

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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...]

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

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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

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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...]