The Athabasca River Basin Watershed Blues

Science Outreach – Athabasca presents: The Athabasca River Basin Watershed Blues Speaker: Wayne Brehaut Date: April 21, 2015 Place: Athabasca University  Governing Council Chambers Time: 7 to 8:15 PM Presented by: The Athabasca River Basin, BARB, and ARBRI Come and learn about: The Athabasca Watershed Council WPAC Science Outreach’s contributions to the … [Read more...]

Yes, Priscilla, Athabasca University is real

Athabasca University Main Campus

Because Athabasca University teaches students online mostly, people who don’t know us well still sometimes wonder if we’re “real.” Do we have a campus? Professors? Staff? Is “Athabasca” even a real place? One of our students grappling with these classic AU questions was Priscilla Lear, a sociology student who lives in Maputo, Mozambique. But to satisfy her curiosity and get proof … [Read more...]

Architecture education ventures further online with the new BSc in Architecture

Athabasca University BSc Architecture program launch event

Architecture education in Canada is reinventing itself with an online degree that will help the country meet its rapidly growing need for more architects. Athabasca University and Architecture Canada | Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) have teamed up to offer the Bachelor of Science in Architecture. Leading members of the architecture community came together in … [Read more...]

CARNA awards for professor Sharon Moore and alumna Lorraine Way

Each year, the College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta (CARNA) recognizes the finest achievements of its members with awards of nursing excellence, and this year CARNA is once again honouring members of the Athabasca University community with two of these awards. At the May 8 gala for the 15th Annual CARNA Awards of Nursing Excellence, Dr. Sharon Moore (pictured … [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...]

Integrating work and life in the online classroom: AU’s Master of Arts – Integrated Studies

Athabasca University Convocation

One of the largest Master of Arts programs in interdisciplinary studies in Canada, AU’s MA Program in Integrated Studies includes courses across the full spectrum of disciplines in the humanities and social sciences, from literature to anthropology, and from global studies to education studies.  The MA-IS Program combines disciplines to form 11 interdisciplinary concentrations, or … [Read more...]

Jump-starting Canada’s under-producing economy

Athabasca University Business

Insulated by a stable financial sector, natural resource wealth and a consistently high quality of living, it would be easy to imagine that Canada has assured itself a healthy competitive edge in the international marketplace. Top financial analysts and economists, however, are warning of a widening productivity gap that could have a serious effect on the Canadian economy and its … [Read more...]

Recipients of the President’s Award for Research and Scholarly Excellence announced

Athabasca University ARC Building

Dr. Frits Pannekoek, President of Athabasca University, announced the two recipients of the President's Award for Research and Scholarly Excellence (PARSE). This award is presented each year. Adjudication of PARSE is done by the General Faculties Council Academic Excellence Awards Committee (AEAC). This award is given in recognition of a record of excellence in research … [Read more...]

The AU online Executive MBA celebrates 20 years

Athabasca University Deborah-Hurst

Back in 1994, the Internet was still new and relatively unknown; its potential power to connect and educate was seen by only a few forward thinkers. It’s not surprising then that the decision on the part of Athabasca University to launch the world’s first online Executive MBA program was viewed with skepticism. It was a brand new idea, a radical idea, and there were no guarantees. … [Read more...]

Why online bachelor’s and master’s degrees are more popular than ever for working professionals

Athabasca University

It’s more important than ever to be a lifelong learner, continually building your knowledge and skills so you stay on the leading edge of your field. Competition is fierce in a tightened job market, and professionals have to increase their knowledge base to stand out from their competition. It’s becoming the norm for professionals to need at least one degree to do well in their … [Read more...]