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...]

AU-MOOC: Learning to Learn Online- starts March 9!

Learning to Learn Online is a five week online course – and it’s free! Anyone can register regardless of experience, education, age, gender or location. The course is designed to be a fun and engaging experience in online which actually helps you become a better online learner! Participants will learn about themselves as learners and identify potential adjustment in learning … [Read more...]

An inside look at AU’s new MOOC

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MOOCs (massive open online courses) have become wildly popular, but many members of the education community have concerns about their quality. At this Nov. 13 webinar, find out how Athabasca University is designing and delivering a MOOC that will attempt to dispel critics' concerns about the quality of MOOC education. This new MOOC, called Becoming an Online Learner, is set to … [Read more...]

New Alberta OER Initiative co-chaired by AU’s Rory McGreal

Dr. Rory McGreal, Athabasca University’s resident expert in open educational resources (OER), has been named co-chair of a new government-funded OER committee that plans to lighten the financial burden of post-secondary education for students both within and beyond Alberta. “Student groups and leaders have been clear this is an important issue for them,” said Premier Dave … [Read more...]

Adaptivity, personalization and MOOCs

Online learning has come a long way since its fusion in mainstream education. Significant growth in both hardware and software technologies in recent years have now made it a real possibility of removing barriers to education and widening the access for those who are not able to come to a physical campus. More recent advancements have emerged as massive open online course (MOOC) … [Read more...]

In Alberta, the future of education started in 1970

At no time in recent memory has the future of higher education received as much media attention as it has in the past several years. In 2012, major newspapers, magazines, television, and radio programs focused much of their analysis on the future of higher education. How will we learn in a digital, networked, globalized economy?   Business leaders have boldly declared … [Read more...]