Get to know your new president

new president Neil Fassina

AU Newsroom editor and writer Heidi Staseson recently caught up with Athabasca University's new president, Neil Fassina, for a detailed Q&A — on everything from his sock drawer and Netflix picks, to enrolling in AU and tips for achieving respect in the workplace. AU: Who are your favourite authors and do you prefer fiction or non-fiction? NF: On the fiction side, Bryce … [Read more...]

Study Tips for a New AU Student

By enrolling into an online course with Athabasca University, not only are you pursuing a journey that will enhance your skill set and offer you more personal and career opportunities, it can invigorate your mind in many ways. Whether you’re considering a graduate program through AU, launching an undergrad degree, or simply embarking on a life-enriching course you’ve always been … [Read more...]

Better Know An AU Student: Dustin Blumhagen

Here at Athabasca University, we understand the online learning process. We appreciate the perks; we understand the freedom online learning and distance education provide…but it’s certainly great to hear the success stories and student testimonials about their education and their personal development. Introducing a new series of AU profiles which will focus on learning habits, … [Read more...]

Keep Your Property Safe During Exams

After recent break-ins and subsequent incidents of theft at Bow Valley College (where our Calgary office is located), it’s important to keep the safety of your valuables top-of-mind come exam time. “When it comes to exam writing at one of our AU locations, we work hard to provide an appropriate and safe environment for students,” says Karen Thompson, director, Learner Support … [Read more...]

AU holiday closures in December and January

Snow on trees at the main AU campus in Athabasca.

In December and January, Athabasca University is closed for holidays on the following dates: Dec. 24, 2014: AU Calgary is closed, but AU offices in Athabasca, Edmonton and St. Albert will be open until 3 p.m. MT. Dec. 25 - 31, 2014: Closed for holidays. Jan. 1 - 4, 2015: The university will be closed on Jan. 1 and have reduced operations on Friday, Jan. 2. Full operations … [Read more...]

Solid foundation courses for undergraduate studies

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Foundation courses help you make sure you start off your university education right. Sometimes these are courses you have to take to meet the requirements for a program; sometimes they're optional. Either way, foundation courses help you develop the learning skills you'll need for university. And Athabasca University has many great foundation courses that you can take whether or not … [Read more...]

Answers to 5 common questions about Athabasca University

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Athabasca University is not like most universities. Our online, at-a-distance teaching methods mean that we operate differently when it comes to student interaction, exams and quite a few matters of administration. Here are the answers to some of the most common Athabasca University questions we hear from our students because of the ways that we’re different. 1. Where can I meet … [Read more...]