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Finding Christmas in Kids’ Books

The theme of Christmas is often used as the setting for your favourite kids' stories- and book-series' characters to appear. Sometimes the setting will be Christmas dinner, other times it’s a gift-opening — and often it’s both. I tutor Athabasca University’s ENGL 305, Classics of Children’s Literature. At least six of the novels on the course make some reference to Christmas, … [Read more...]

In Conversation with Richard Van Camp

On behalf of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and Dr. Angie Abdou, chair of the Writer in Residence Committee, we're pleased to welcome Richard Van Camp, to Athabasca University as the newly appointed Writer-in-Residence for 2017-18. Richard is an author and storyteller whose work has garnered international acclaim. The date and time of his inaugural lecture will be … [Read more...]

Remembering Fil Fraser: Arts icon & AU prof

It with great sadness that Athabasca University (AU) mourns the passing this week of Fil Fraser, a former AU adjunct professor, a distinguished Canadian cultural ambassador, broadcast pioneer, and an influential proponent of social justice and public service. AU President Neil Fassina paid tribute to Fraser: “Thank you, Fil, for your wisdom and your grace, and … [Read more...]

AU holiday closures

Athabasca University is closed for holidays on the following dates: December 23, 2017 through January 1, 2018: closed for holidays. Full operations will resume at 8:30 a.m. MT on Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018. If you have a question about AU when we're closed, try our automated system Ask AU. Ask AU is also a great place to start even when we're open. All other contact … [Read more...]

Tuition Freeze & Fees Announcement

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Good morning, Earlier today, the Minister of Advanced Education, Marlin Schmidt, announced that the current freeze on student tuition will be extended through to the 2018/19 academic year. The Minister also confirmed that all mandatory non-instructional fees are to remain frozen for another year. During his comments, the Minister spoke to how this announcement supports the … [Read more...]

Upcoming Service Upgrade

Upcoming Service Upgrade

On Sunday, December 3, 2017, Athabasca University’s Banner system will be undergoing an upgrade to apply critical patches to address potentially serious issues that were discovered after the previous patches were applied.  We must apply these new patches as soon as possible in order to ensure that this core system continues to function correctly. We sincerely apologize for the short … [Read more...]

Celebrating National Philanthropy Day

Celebrating National Philanthropy Day

Raymond James financial advisor adds value to online learning As a young girl growing up in Vermillion, Alberta, Sharon Lynne-Matei’s father imparted to his daughter a philosophy of giving back. Today, with more than 30 years’ experience providing clients comprehensive investment advice, Sharon says serving in her Edmonton community comes naturally. The Raymond James investment … [Read more...]

National College Health Assessment Survey

NCHA survey

Did you receive an email asking you to participate in a health survey? Most of our AU students were invited to participate in the National College Health Assessment survey (NCHA) a couple of weeks back. This is a legitimate survey and we do ask you to consider participating in the survey. It is the first time that Athabasca University has participated in the NCHA survey and it will … [Read more...]

For the love of the story

I once read that you can teach someone how to write short fiction, but when that person decides to write a novel all you can do is stand on the shore and wave goodbye. As a writing teacher, I should object. I should insist that I can teach someone how to write a novel. And, sure, I can help students with parts of novel-writing. I can teach aspiring writers ways to improve their … [Read more...]

In-classroom courses in Calgary

AU Courses @ Bow Valley College (In Classroom),

Athabasca University has a number of in-classroom courses being offered at AU Calgary on site at Bow Valley College. The winter semester starts January 3, 2018. Registration for these courses is now open by following the registration process on the in-classroom (Grouped Study) site.  Courses follow the traditional semester format and will run from January-April.  The deadline to … [Read more...]