UPDATED July 24! B.C. Wildfires: Student Disaster Contingencies

Update for students living in proximity to B.C. wildfires: NEW Q&A for borrowers with Canada Student Loans and/or Canada-B.C. Integrated Loans The Question and Answers , prepared by the Canadian Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, provides more detailed information that borrowers with Canada Student Loans and/or Canada-B.C. Integrated Loans may need if they … [Read more...]

Games for brains

New online gaming project gets AU researchers hefty funding prize One of Athabasca University’s star researchers in the School of Computing and Information Systems just got wind of a healthy cash injection she’s been awarded toward an exciting new gaming project. Last week, the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) announced $1 million in Community Investment … [Read more...]

Lessons on Life and Learning from a 93-year-old graduate

By Heidi Staseson Another Athabasca University Convocation, another resounding success. Perhaps (so we’ve been hearing) even one of the better ones to date! From Thursday through Saturday last week, 400 of the nearly 2,000 graduates, from across Canada and beyond, descended upon the impressively festive Town of Athabasca, Alberta, to receive their university … [Read more...]

Independent Report Charts Sustainable Future for University

Independent Report Charts Sustainable Future for University

The much-anticipated report of the Third Party Review of Athabasca University has been released at an event on the university’s main campus in the northern Alberta town. Today also marks the beginning of the annual convocation ceremonies, marking the completion of the educational careers of many of the university’s students. The university’s Board Chair sees the timing as … [Read more...]

New Course: Creating Life Histories

Creating Life Histories, Athabasca University, #AthaU, AU, Memoir, Oral History, Autobiography, research, recording, life history, ethics, reflection, individualized study, MAIS, MA-IS

This is the course graduate students have asked for — if you are a student in Writing and New Media, Heritage and Social History, or Cultural Studies, this course is for you! Writing and New Media 605: Creating Life Histories Opening in June, WRNM 605: Creating Life Histories, focuses on the methodologies of oral history, memoir and autobiography. It examines the processes of … [Read more...]

Deadline Extension for Website Outage

A number of students encountered difficulties with their internet service providers this past weekend while trying to reach Athabasca University’s main webpage and other online services. As a result, AU will be extending our undergraduate course extension and exam request deadlines from Sunday April 30, 2017 to Friday May 5, 2017. For students whose exam requests provide … [Read more...]

Explore Italy this summer— Eco-educational-style

Have you ever wanted to explore Italy's Old World Tuscany countryside from a New World, eco-educational vantage point? Athabasca University, in partnership with The Synergia Institute, is providing an opportunity for interested students to do just that from July 10 to 21. Summer school you want to attend The Transition to Cooperative Commonwealth: Pathways to a New Political … [Read more...]

Firefox upgrade and website functionality

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...]

AU’s response to the U.S. travel ban

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...]

Negotiating nature and the thirst for the truth

Writer In Residence John Vaillant Election

Q&A Part 2: AU's 2016-17 Writer in Residence John Vaillant AU's newest Writer in Residence/Writer for Health for 2016-17, author John Vaillant, has seen much success in his career writing non-fiction. His first book, The Golden Spruce won the 2005 Governor General's Award, as well as the Writers' Trust Non-Fiction Prize. But his latest novel and fiction debut The Jaguar’s … [Read more...]