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 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...]

New Course: HERM 672 Heritage and Risk Management

Athabasca University’s Heritage Resources Management Program is offering a new course this fall- HERM 672 Heritage and Risk Management. A response to recent natural disasters The increasing number of disasters has had a tremendous impact on human lives, livelihoods, communities, properties, and global sustainable development. In 2013, Alberta experienced a heavy rainfall that … [Read more...]

UPDATED July 24! B.C. Wildfires: Student Disaster Contingencies

Update for students living in proximity to B.C. wildfires: NEW Q&A for borrowers with Canada Student Loans and/or Canada-B.C. Integrated Loans The Question and Answers , prepared by the Canadian Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, provides more detailed information that borrowers with Canada Student Loans and/or Canada-B.C. Integrated Loans may need if they … [Read more...]

Dr. Herb Belcourt passes away

Former Board of Governors Member and Order of Athabasca recipient Dr. Herb Belcourt passes   It is our sad duty to inform the AU community that a former board member, and long-time friend of Athabasca University, has passed away. Dr. Herb Belcourt passed away July 5 after a long battle with cancer. He was one day shy of his 86th birthday. In appreciation for his … [Read more...]

AU and RAIC renew partnership agreement

Athabasca University and the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) have signed a new Memorandum of Agreement to continue their relationship for another five years. Partnership History Under the terms of the original agreement, AU and the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada created the RAIC Centre for Architecture at Athabasca University to assist in the delivery of … [Read more...]

Games for brains

New online gaming project gets AU researchers hefty funding prize One of Athabasca University’s star researchers in the School of Computing and Information Systems just got wind of a healthy cash injection she’s been awarded toward an exciting new gaming project. Last week, the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) announced $1 million in Community Investment … [Read more...]

ASSC 2017: A smashing success!

Last week, Athabasca University hosted the 34th annual Alberta Student for Services Conference (ASSC) in Athabasca, Alta., represented by 22 post-secondary institutions from across the province. Nearly 200 delegates attended the three-day event, this year aptly titled Going the Distance. Delegates from as far as Lethbridge made the several hundred kilometre trek to meet with … [Read more...]

Mommies In-Step

Mirror, Mirror, on the wall: Who's the fairest of them all? Why stepmothers, of course. This according to one AU researcher and 2016 graduate, Cara Zaharychuk. Through the years, television, motion-picture and fairy-tale portrayals haven’t been kind to the stepmother. From Cinderella’s venomous grey-bunned arch-enemy (who, in Disney's version, forced the latter to scrub bare … [Read more...]

Mind your podcasts, please

education podcast podcasts in mind Stuff You Should Know Listen Money Matters Good Job, Brain The History of the World in 100 Objects Smart People Podcast

Around every corner is a new learning opportunity. But be wary. With the wide stretch of the Internet, many of these ‘opportunities’ present more like mindless minutiae. And that includes the swath of podcast feeds gaining media momentum on the web these days. Despite what you might hear from others, or what you might find upon surfing, be cautious of the ‘casts you reel in. … [Read more...]