Online invigilation service launches

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What's one drawback for an AU student working remotely? Finding both the time and an invigilator (supervisor) station necessary to write a course or program exam. Thankfully, for some courses and programs, that is now changing! We've recently teamed up with ProctorU to allow you the opportunity to write your online exams from the comfort and convenience of your home! Any … [Read more...]

Important Information for Convocation 2016

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Athabasca University Convocation 2016 (#AUGrad16) is just around the corner—and we have important information to share with you to make sure you get the most out of your special day! All the information you need about Convocation can be found on the Convocation Website. Bookmark this site as you’ll likely be visiting it a few times leading up to your graduation ceremony. Also: … [Read more...]

Helping students affected by natural disasters

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In response to the devastating wildfire affecting our students in Fort McMurray, AU’s Student Awards Committee has approved two new awards to help students impacted by the fires. The Natural Disaster Convocation Bursary can fund up to $1,000 for students who are facing unexpected expenses that may affect their participation in Convocation. The Natural Disaster Emergency … [Read more...]

President’s message to AU community

letter from the Athabasca University president regarding the Fort McMurray wildfire

Dear Athabasca University Community Members: It has now been nearly two weeks since wildfire devastated the city of Fort McMurray, forcing tens of thousands to evacuate and costing many their home and their livelihood. All of those who have been affected in any way by this disaster have our sincere sympathy. Following the evacuation of Fort McMurray, AU immediately implemented … [Read more...]

Student Contingency: Fort McMurray wildfire

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Athabasca University extends its sincerest thoughts and well-wishes to students, and their families and friends, who are presently affected by the devastating wildfire in Fort McMurray, Alta. Due to the ordered evacuation of residents in the Fort McMurray area,  please note that AU will waive exam rebooking fees  and course extension fees to all affected. We will also replace any … [Read more...]

Deadline for five student awards: May 15

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The deadline is fast approaching to apply for a number of AU student awards, scholarships and bursaries. AU's Awards Program  recognizes students who excel academically and in their careers and communities. Please note the deadline to apply for the following awards, scholarships and bursaries is May 15, 2016. These awards include: The Albert & Pirkko Karvonen … [Read more...]

Group Study Operations at Partner Institutions: A Transition Plan

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Athabasca University has enjoyed collaborative arrangements with a number of post-secondary institutions, primarily colleges, for many years. These partnerships have enabled students to access a university education in a grouped study, face-to-face environment in both rural and urban areas. However, enrolment in grouped study has declined over the past few years, resulting in … [Read more...]

Harriet Tubman’s legacy

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Earlier this week, news broke from the United States Treasury Department that abolitionist Harriet Tubman will replace former American President Andrew Jackson on the front of the U.S. $20 bill. Greatness goes here Athabasca University is proud to feature “greatness” of the likes of Harriet Tubman, along with many other phenomenal historical figures in our marketing campaign … [Read more...]

A poet among us

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Athabasca University creative writing tutor Marilyn Dumont has a bone to pick. She’s discouraged that the craft she teaches and publishes - poetry - seems more akin to the country cousin of the more mainstream literary genre, The Novel. The discrepancy baffles her, especially since poetry is considered a “high art” in the pantheon of literature studies. From Chaucer to Keats to … [Read more...]

Celebrating AU’s nurses

Donna Clare, MN, NP, Athabasca University, and CARNA Committee's Choice Award recipient for 2016

When Donna Clare was singled out among her nursing peers to receive the Committee's Choice Award at the 2016 CARNA Awards of Nursing Excellence, she was more than chuffed. It meant her years of persistence had made a difference. Since 2008, it has been her professional mission to support nurse practitioners (NPs). Clare, NP, and AU academic coordinator, is also the president … [Read more...]