Get to know your new president

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AU Newsroom editor and writer Heidi Staseson recently caught up with Athabasca University's new president, Neil Fassina, for a detailed Q&A — on everything from his sock drawer and Netflix picks, to enrolling in AU and tips for achieving respect in the workplace. AU: Who are your favourite authors and do you prefer fiction or non-fiction? NF: On the fiction side, Bryce … [Read more...]

AU-MOOC: Learning to Learn Online- starts March 9!

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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 in online which actually helps you become a better online learner! Participants will learn about themselves as learners and identify potential adjustment in learning … [Read more...]

Art: 5 facts about why it helps online learning

Images are just one kind of art that can be used as a teaching tool in online learning. Professor Dr. Beth Perry has also used poetry, music and even something she calls "conceptual quilting."

Dr. Beth Perry is a professor in health care studies at Athabasca University and an authority on using arts-based teaching strategies in online learning. On November 17, she added another credential to her CV: recipient of the 2014 Award for Excellence in Nursing Education (Tenured) from the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing (CASN). In honour of Beth receiving this award, … [Read more...]

An inside look at AU’s new MOOC

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MOOCs (massive open online courses) have become wildly popular, but many members of the education community have concerns about their quality. At this Nov. 13 webinar, find out how Athabasca University is designing and delivering a MOOC that will attempt to dispel critics' concerns about the quality of MOOC education. This new MOOC, called Becoming an Online Learner, is set to … [Read more...]

AU profs argue for a new online learning model in Teaching Crowds book

The cover of the book Teaching Crowds: Learning and Social Media

In the new book Teaching Crowds: Learning and Social Media, co-author Dr. Jon Dron makes the case for an online learning model that places a high value on social media and the connections that technology helps to create. But if you ask him about the role of technology in his own life, his response isn’t what you’d expect to hear from a technology enthusiast. “I’m on the side … [Read more...]