AU loses one of its long-time community leaders: The Hon. Frank Appleby

It is with great sadness we note the passing of the Hon. Frank Appleby, a dear friend and colleague of Athabasca University and a community leader. Born on Dec. 23, 1913, in small-town Alberta, Frank Pierpoint Appleby lived a long and esteemed life until his passing Monday at the age of 101. Mr. Appleby was widely revered for his devotion to community service—most especially … [Read more...]

No Filter Required: Don’t Miss the Registration Deadline for the 3rd Annual Photography and the Night Sky Workshops

The deadline is fast-approaching to register for the popular Photography and the Night Sky workshops this fall. Due to the growing demand, participants need to sign up by Fri., May 29. Space is limited - there's capacity for up to 12 persons for both the youth and adult workshops. Both sessions are open to anyone who'd like to attend, including seniors, for the adult … [Read more...]

Three-Minute Thesis Winner Update

Last month, we told you about AU’s Master of Counselling Psychology student Kathleen Kelava who was selected to compete in the Western Regionals 3MT contest —otherwise known as the Three-Minute Thesis. Kelava had won competing against five of her AU peers to claim the winning 3MT title and prize of $1,000 (donated by the Research Centre) as well as the trip to B.C. to compete in … [Read more...]

GCAP Chair Wins Prestigious Teaching Award

Several of Dr. Paul Jerry’s students can be credited for their associate professor’s win of this year’s Psychologists' Association of Alberta (PAA) Excellence in Teaching Psychology award. As chair and program director, as well as a registered psychologist and associate professor at AU’s Graduate Centre for Applied Psychology (Faculty of Health Disciplines), Paul will officially … [Read more...]

Retired AU Academic Showcases Pottery Exhibit in Library

The Athabasca University Art Committee would like to invite staff in Athabasca to drop by the AU library to see the Kathy Williams pottery exhibit in the display cabinet just inside the library's entrance. The exhibit was put together in recognition of Kathy’s contribution to the AU community. In 2014, she retired from AU after 39 years as a tutor and academic.  She was a member … [Read more...]

NEW PROGRAM: Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics Now Open!

The Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics opened on January 1, 2015. This online 4-year Bachelor's degree in mathematics, which is geared towards applications across a wide variety of scientific and math-related disciplines, is the first of its kind in Canada. "The Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics is an advanced program that fosters innovative thinking towards the … [Read more...]

Open Our World Closes to the Tune of $32 Million

Seven years ago, Athabasca University’s Open Our World campaign kicked off. It was the spring of 2008—the height of the global financial crisis which saw the stock market implode and families and corporations cutting back everywhere. But that didn’t stop the supporters of AU from giving. Since that time, the world’s economy made a comeback, Canada maintained fiscal solvency … [Read more...]

Reducing costs and increasing relevance with open-education resources

After submitting OER proposals to Campus Alberta’s Open Education Resource Initiative, AU faculty has learned six of its applications were successful. The initiative granted more than $430,000 to the faculty members’ projects. The Campus Alberta OER Initiative is designed to assist students by reducing education costs and to provide faculty members with the resources necessary to … [Read more...]

Library Maintenance April 28, 2015

On Tuesday, April 28th, 2015, the Library system will be undergoing maintenance which will require a period of downtime of up to 2 hours. The outage will occur at 2 pm MDT. During this time, access to Library subscription databases, the standard version of the AU Library Catalogue (AUCAT), and the Library 2.0 version of the catalogue will be unavailable. The Library website itself … [Read more...]

Plagiarism exists at every university – even online. Take these tips to keep yourself fraud-free.

Plagiarism Exists at Every University – Even Online. Review these Tips to Keep Yourself Fraud-Free. In today's increasingly online world, there are many social media sites popping up that purport to provide "homework help" or "study resources" for students. Beware. They’re really a front for fraud—the soliciting of students by a contracting party to provide assignment answers in … [Read more...]