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National Indigenous Peoples Day

National Indigenous Peoples Day

On June 21 some will celebrate, some will choose not to, and some will undertake ceremony in recognition of this special time in the calendar. Here in Canada, this day  is recognized as a day to “celebrate the heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding achievements of First Nations, Inuit and Métis” (Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada). Many Indigenous communities, … [Read more...]

Dispelling the misconceptions of online education

Online education in Canada provides learners with a flexible, inclusive and quality educational experience. By Jeff Vallance & Barbara Wilson-Keates Originally published by University Affairs on June 18, 2018. We read with interest the recent opinion article, “Online learning isn’t as inclusive as you may think,” originally published by University Affairs in early May. We … [Read more...]

Following a dream means going for gold

From the time she was little, Lisa Gray knew she wanted to help people. She didn’t realize how big that dream would become, nor how much she could achieve, until she enrolled at Athabasca University. Gray received her Master of Counselling (Counselling Psychology) degree — and the 2018 Governor General’s Academic Gold Medal, awarded annually to AU’s top graduate student — at … [Read more...]

Celebrating ‘learner for life’ Lynn Keating …

... among AU's lifelong learners – from Canada and beyond On this 'Day 2' of AU Convocation 2018, we're honouring and feting the 'rest' of our esteemed graduates – the next generation of Canadian and international leaders – many of whom travelled a great distance to be a part of our spectacular annual tradition.  We're excited to be celebrating this great milestone with them! … [Read more...]

Nurses on top of the world

When Karen Willan walked across the Athabasca University convocation stage in the namesake town's Multiplex this morning, the degree presenter read aloud the Bachelor of Nursing graduate's grateful words: "Karen will never forget how she felt the day she submitted her final assignment — the realization that she had completed this degree was the best feeling in the world. She … [Read more...]

Announcement: Delivering on ‘Imagine’

All of us at Athabasca University have been diligently working on implementing Imagine: Transforming Lives, Transforming Communities and responding to the opportunities outlined in last year’s Coates Report. Today marks a significant milestone in our journey. During Convocation today, the Minister of Advanced Education, Marlin Schmidt, will announce a significant investment in … [Read more...]

Celebrating AU’s 2018 lifelong learners — from Canada and beyond

  AU CONVOCATION. DEFINITION: Athabasca University's traditional, in-person- and monumental community event, honouring and feting our students' degree success - away from their typical digital space - and where, in many cases, they get to meet their learner peers and profs for the first time! We welcome our 2018 graduates from across Canada, and internationally, to our … [Read more...]

Writing Dreams, Rewriting Life

Transforming Lives: Learners at AU is a testimonial series, written by AU students and alum, who want to acknowledge the people in their lives who have helped to mold and transform their AU experience and achieve their greatest successes. Their gratitude toward these integral individuals is worth shouting from the rooftops! We, too, thank these most important people for allowing the … [Read more...]

Slow and steady wins the learning race

Saskatoon’s new police chief, Troy Cooper, spent a decade working toward his AU Bachelor of Criminal Justice degree — but pacing was key to his success. With a main job ‘to serve and protect,” applying a lifelong-learning mindset far outweighed the ‘end goal.’ It goes without saying our alumni continue to shine as outstanding and inspiring examples of Athabasca … [Read more...]

AU Learners — Flooding Contingency Plan

Athabasca University is committed to removing barriers to education, but sometimes Mother Nature has other ideas. For our learners affected by any of the devastating floods that are occurring across Canada: we recognize that sometimes you need to put your studies on hold to deal with life’s other emergencies. When you are ready to return to your studies, please contact us and … [Read more...]