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Student Town Hall with President Neil Fassina

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Athabasca University invites AU Edmonton-and-area students to take part in our premiere A Conversation with AU President Neil Fassina In the first of a series of upcoming Student Town Halls, Dr. Fassina will address learners with brief opening remarks followed by an informative Q&A session. When: Tuesday, April 11, 2017, noon to 1:30 p.m. Where: Edmonton Chamber of … [Read more...]

Prominent Edmonton architect to chair university board

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The Board of Governors and Margaret Mrazek, former Acting Chair, are pleased to welcome the appointment of Vivian Manasc as Chair of the Governors of Athabasca University. The appointment was made by the Honorable Marlin Schmidt, Minister of Advanced Education on March 14, 2017. Vivian Manasc is the Senior Principal at Manasc Isaac, an Alberta-based architectural and engineering … [Read more...]

Moving Beyond the Women’s March on Washington, 2017

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Op-Ed by Alexa DeGagne, Assistant Professor in Women’s and Gender Studies at Athabasca University On January 21st, 2017 activists participated in the Women’s March on Washington in protest of American President Trump’s sexist and racist actions and words during the presidential election, and in protest of his policies, which were anticipated to target women, LGBTQ people, … [Read more...]

Firefox upgrade and website functionality

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Some websites, which may include some AU websites, will not function correctly in Firefox after it automatically upgrades to version 52, scheduled for release on March 7, 2017. Firefox 52 will remove support for several plug-ins, including Java, Silverlight and Acrobat Reader. These plug-ins give a web browser additional functionality required for some websites. What do I need … [Read more...]

Coffee, Tea, and Caffeine

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North America runs on coffee! And so do a great many students. In this short article I take a look at what coffee and tea, and the caffeine they contain, do to the body, both in the short term and the long term. A great many research studies have investigated the effects on the body of coffee and tea, and the caffeine they deliver. What is most remarkable about this research is the … [Read more...]

Learning to Learn Online Starts March 6

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Learning to Learn Online: A five-week, online course—and it’s free! The Learning to Learn Online experience will actually help you become a better online learner! Anyone can register, regardless of experience, education, age, gender or location. The course is designed to be fun and engaging. What is it? Participants will essentially learn how they learn. By understanding their … [Read more...]

Time for love contest!

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Here at AU, we're all about flexibility. Plenty of room to learn, room to grow, room to balance your life, and room to love. Our model allows you the time you need to nurture and expand the loves in your life! This February, we want to spread the love to AU students. Here's how to win an AU prize package Snap a photo of the people you love. The people who motivate you to … [Read more...]

A note about commenting on posts

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We fully encourage all readers to share their views on our articles and blog posts; we are committed to creating a dialogue and enhancing engagement.   While we encourage a great discussion, we ask you to do so in a kind and thoughtful way — to please keep your comments relevant and respectful. If we encounter a comment that is abusive or defamatory in any way, it will not be … [Read more...]

Realistic Resolutions (Part II)

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Earlier this year we asked you to help us understand the New Year’s resolutions AU students and supporters share. As you’ll remember, we had 6 of our realistic resolutions to help you make 2017 the Year of You…but we wanted to hear from you! 'This year I resolve to...' 'Work towards a rounded education' Naturally, many suggestions were education-based and we completely hear … [Read more...]

AU’s response to the U.S. travel ban

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Dear members of the Athabasca University Community, On the weekend, U.S. President Donald Trump signed an Executive Order banning visitors from seven majority Muslim countries from visiting the United States. A ban of this nature will have profound impacts on the international academic community. Athabasca University is steadfastly committed to a culture of inclusiveness, … [Read more...]