Auroras Explode Over Athabasca

On September 22, 2017, Martin Connors and his team were at the Athabasca University Observatory for an Alberta Robotic Telescope project workshop and as luck would have it, they were in for an explosive night. Faint aurora covering the whole sky is not unusual in Athabasca (left picture), but scientists at the university’s Geospace Observatory were surprised to see such an aurora … [Read more...]

AU students to benefit from mental health resources

AU Mental Health Athabasca University NDP Rachel Notley Marlin Schmidt Vivian Manasc Funding University of Alberta Global News CTV News Edmonton Alberta

Alberta premier meets with AU community to confirm government shore-up. Premier Rachel Notley visited Athabasca last Friday to announce new funding for mental health supports at Athabasca University — an initiative that will expand and improve mental health programs for AU’s more than 40,000 graduate and undergraduate students. The government will give the university $215,000 a … [Read more...]

Fresh strategies for online learning

Learning to Learn Online

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 which will actually help you become a better online learner! From October 2 to November 5, 2017, students will learn about themselves as learners and identify potential … [Read more...]

Knowledge without Boundaries

Knowledge without Boundaries FGS AU Conference Athabasca University

  Once again, on October 28th, Athabasca University's Faculty of Graduate Studies and Athabasca University Graduate Students’ Association are working together to offer graduate students an opportunity to share their research on-line. Abstracts for paper and short poster presentations will be peer-reviewed before acceptance. Take this opportunity to improve your presentation … [Read more...]

NSERC awards innovation in AU scientific research

It was a good-news day on Athabasca University's research front. The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) just announced its results of the 2017 Discovery Grants, Discovery Development Grants, scholarships and fellowships competitions. The unveiling of the post-secondary research awards, held Friday at the University of Victoria on Vancouver … [Read more...]

Choosing resilience as a tool for success

AU's 2017 Rising Star Alumni award recipient knows a thing or two about resilience. It's a tool that's gotten her through some tough times and has provided her the ability to advance in her studies and career. When Master of Nursing graduate Jennifer Jackson completed her AU degree in  December, 2015, she feasted with her family on their Alberta farm, then hopped a plane to … [Read more...]

LEGO Robotics camp a resounding success

Science Outreach Athabasca’s most popular summer program powered up for its fifth season last month. Twenty-two kids and youth from around the Athabasca region took part in the annual summer LEGO Robotics camp, held over two days at the town's Regional Multiplex theatre. Athabasca University Faculty of Science and Technology Dean, Dr. Lisa Carter (also the Chair of Science … [Read more...]

The summer Journal of Integrated Studies issue is out!

The latest issue of the Journal of Integrated Studies has just been published! Work by students in every issue includes articles, poetry, book reviews and for this issue, a graduate student's reflection on the cover artwork (left), which is a piece from the AU art collection by Libby Hague. Changes in the Journal of Integrated Studies Our "About Publishing" project has also … [Read more...]

AU Press Book Wins Distance Education Book Award

AU Press Book Wins Distance Education Book Award Emergence and Innovation in Digital Learning: Foundations and Applications edited by George Veletsianos, was recently awarded first place in the competition for best book in distance education. Hosted by the Association for Educational Communications and Technology, the award was won at the Division of Distance Learning Awards. This … [Read more...]

The Problem of Unscheduling- English 491

Do you feel stressed by the fast pace of life? Are you short on time? Many scholars have examined the ways that social acceleration seems to define modern existence. In the disciplines of English and cultural studies, we can study this problem by analyzing cultural texts of all kinds: novels, poems, comic books – even advertisements. "Unscheduled" ad Take, for instance, an … [Read more...]