Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Architecture launched

EDMONTON  - Architecture Canada | RAIC and Athabasca University joined together at a reception today to celebrate the approval by the Alberta Government of a Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Architecture to be offered through the RAIC Centre for Architecture at Athabasca University. "We are very pleased to see this program offered through Athabasca University. It will soon provide … [Read more...]

Athabasca University awarded UNESCO/COL Chair in Open Educational Resources

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the Vancouver-based Commonwealth of Learning (COL) have announced the creation of a new Chair in Open Educational Resources (OER) for Athabasca University. The chair will be held by Dr. Rory McGreal, AU's Associate Vice-president of Research. This is the first UNESCO chair to be created in Alberta … [Read more...]

Mobile learning research gets a major boost from CFI

The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) has awarded $346,142 to Athabasca University to support Open Social Mobile Systems for eLearning Research (OSMoSYS) led by Dr. Jon Dron of the School for Computing and Information Systems. The announcement was made earlier today in Guelph, Ontario by the Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State for Science and Technology. "The investment … [Read more...]

University decides not to renew Access Copyright licence

In order to protect students from a more than ten-fold increase in copyright fees, Athabasca University, like the majority of universities in Canada, has decided not to renew its licence with Access Copyright, a Canadian copyright licencing agency. The current agreement will expire on December 31, 2010. Access Copyright has applied to the Copyright Board of Canada for permission to … [Read more...]

Athabasca University wins Association of Commonwealth Universities PR, Marketing and Communication Award

  Athabasca University's student recruitment publications AU Viewbook and the Book of Answers have won the 2010 Association of Commonwealth Universities award for student publications. The award was presented at the ACU's annual conference in Melbourne, Australia. A bursary for travel to attend this award ceremony was provided by ACU. "Heather Newton, … [Read more...]

Athabasca University launches new web-based Transfer Credit Search application

  The Office of the Registrar's new Transfer Credit Search application will allow students to search transfer credit decisions at Athabasca University by both course and program. The new application has three features: 1) It allows students to see how courses taken at another institution transfer to Athabasca University 2) It allows students to see how programs taken … [Read more...]

New Canada Research Chair for Athabasca University

Athabasca University professor Dr. Tracey Lindberg has been awarded a Canada Research Chair in in Traditional Knowledge, Legal Orders, and Laws. The announcement was made today in Toronto by the Honourable Tony Clement, Minster of Industry. Dr. Lindberg's research will concentrate on identifying how Indigenous legal traditions can assist in the rejuvenation of certain … [Read more...]

Copyright Act needs changes

Today, the Government of Canada tabled Bill C-32, An Act to Amend the Copyright Act, for second reading in the House of Commons. As an author and creator of copyrighted material, I support many provisions of the act, which are intended to fairly compensate people for their intellectual work. But as a university president, and more importantly an educator, there are measures in this … [Read more...]

Advocacy the key to opening digital locks

Copyright is currently one of the most controversial topics occupying the minds of academics, administrators and educators across Canada. Universities are among a number of organizations calling for the government to amend the recent C-32 bill. Now, in the wake of copyright law expert Dr. Michael Geist's visit to Athabasca in June for the ABC Copyright Group conference, … [Read more...]

AU Press publication wins Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction

John Leigh Walters' A Very Capable Life: The Autobiography of Zarah Petri has won the 2010 Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction. The book, published by Athabasca University Press in December 2009, was one of three finalists for the national award announced in Waterloo, Ont., on October 12. The $10,000 annual award, administered by Wilfrid Laurier University, encourages … [Read more...]