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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...]

Athabasca University: The future starts now

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On Thursday, January 19, the path forward for AU became a little bit more clear — and that much more bright. Athabasca University, in partnership with the Athabasca University Board of Governors and the Government of Alberta — respectively represented by their leader stakeholders — gathered at AU's Edmonton offices to announce the next steps in reaching the university's financial … [Read more...]

Op-Ed: ‘Not my president’

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By Dr. Paul Kellogg On Friday, January 20, former Reality Television star Donald Trump will be sworn in as the 45th president of the United States. He is not the first person to ride a career in entertainment to high office in the United States. Jesse “the Body” Ventura went from professional wrestling (which is not a sport) to being the 38th governor of Minnesota. Arnold … [Read more...]

Let’s go to a free WHL game!

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Through a partnership with the WHL, Athabasca University offers fully accredited university courses to any player interested in further pursuing post-secondary studies while playing in the league. Given the flexibility the Athabasca University courses provide, WHL players are able combine their university course studies with a demanding hockey schedule. As part of the comprehensive … [Read more...]

Neil Fassina’s Speech from Presidential Installation

Neil Fassina Athabasca University AU Presidential Installation January 11, 2017

Thank you Madame Board Chair. Madame Board Chair, Minister Schmidt, MLA Piquette, Reeve Splane, Mayor Morril, members of the platform party, distinguished guests, colleagues, family and friends. Thank you so much for being here today. I stand before you extremely humbled and deeply honored by the responsibility that you have placed upon me as Athabasca University’s 8th … [Read more...]

Realistic Resolutions

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When the New Year hits, is it safe to say there are two kinds of students? You know the two; in fact, chances are you are one. First, we have the highly motivated New Year’s Resolution enthusiast; ‘As soon as the calendar flips to January 1, I’m going to check every thing off of my list as soon as possible. I’m going to organize my life, read all of my course material, eat … [Read more...]