A focus on quality

Perception, they say, is often more powerful than reality. That's especially true when it comes to distance education and e-learning, and these days perceptions aren't that good. Changing those perceptions, which question the quality of online and distance education was the focus of a symposium in Banff in September, sponsored by Athabasca University and the Campus … [Read more...]

The Digital Revolution Unleashed

World's Best First Year online - endless possibilities Much has been made of late of the eventual disappearance of the traditional university campus. The digital revolution has unleashed an intense intellectual competition to make learning, particularly post-secondary learning, more accessible, more affordable, more imaginative, more socially engaging, more student centred … [Read more...]

Joseph Boyden named Writer in Residence

Joseph Boyden has been named Athabasca University's first writer-in-residence. The appointment is effective from July 1, 2010 to June 30, 2011, and is funded by the Canada Council for the Arts. Mr. Boyden is a novelist and short story writer whose works include his debut novel Three Day Road, which earned a nomination for the 2005 Governor General's Literary Award and Through … [Read more...]

New Website for KIP/CAF Programs

I would like to encourage people to log on to a new website where they can read all about exciting digital projects that are helping to improve learning at the university. A new communications vehicle has been launched for Knowledge Infrastructure Program (KIP) and Community Adjustment Fund (CAF) initiatives at AU. Staff are working on the CAF projects, converting course … [Read more...]

Award of Excellence for sustained leadership in educational technology

George Siemens, project manager at AU's Technology Enhanced Knowledge Research Institute (TEKRI), has been awarded the Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education's Award of Excellence for sustained leadership in educational technology. AACE cited Siemens'continued innovation and leadership in the field as the basis for the award. "The award, from a … [Read more...]

International award for AU researcher

Dr. Janice Thomas has been awarded the Project Management Institute's (PMI's) 2010 Research Achievement Award. The award was announced July 13th, in Washington, D.C. The award recognizes and honours researchers who have significantly advanced the practice of project management through professionally conducted research. Dr. Thomas received the award for her work exploring … [Read more...]

Athabasca University congratulates new Governor General on appointment

The president of Athabasca University is delighted with Prime Minister Stephen Harper's selection of David Johnston as Canada's next Governor General. The appointment, which is effective October 1, was announced this morning in Ottawa. "This is very good news, indeed," says Dr. Frits Pannekoek, "David Johnston represents the very best of Canada's academic community … [Read more...]

40th anniversary of Athabasca University

Athabasca University was officially founded 40 years ago today. The university was established by order in council of the Government of Alberta on June 25, 1970. The first AU course, World Ecology, was offered in 1973, and AU's first Convocation, for two graduates, was held in 1977. The university achieved self-governing status as Alberta's fourth public university on … [Read more...]

Welcome to our Graduating Class of 2010

Congratulations, 2010 Graduates! Congratulations to all of Athabasca University's 2010 graduates. Convocation is scheduled from June 10 to June 12 in Athabasca. Nearly 1500 of you are graduating this year and we are expecting over 2400 including you, and your family and friends to gather for this great event. Welcome to your university and welcome to Athabasca. Education is of … [Read more...]

Open Letter to Athabasca University Students

As I embark upon my second term as President of Athabasca University and my 5th convocation, I want to take the opportunity to share some thoughts and reflections with you. From my first day on campus as president of AU, I knew that my coming here was the right decision. As an open university, Athabasca University seeks to remove barriers to undergraduate and graduate education. It … [Read more...]