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...]

Teaching Crowds: Learning and Social Media

Within the rapidly expanding field of educational technology, learners and educators must confront a seemingly overwhelming selection of tools designed to deliver and facilitate both online and blended learning. Many of these tools assume that learning is configured and delivered in closed contexts, through learning management systems (LMS). However, while traditional "classroom" … [Read more...]

Plagiarism exists at every university – even online. Take these tips to keep yourself fraud-free.

Plagiarism Exists at Every University – Even Online. Review these Tips to Keep Yourself Fraud-Free. In today's increasingly online world, there are many social media sites popping up that purport to provide "homework help" or "study resources" for students. Beware. They’re really a front for fraud—the soliciting of students by a contracting party to provide assignment answers in … [Read more...]

Social media VP receives this year’s Rising Star Award

Athabasca University Jan Reischek Rising Star Resized

What some might call a career, Jan Reischek (MBA, 2013) calls a fun ride. And it’s far from over for the recipient of Athabasca University’s 2014 Rising Star Award, who finds herself working on the leading edge of an industry that scarcely registered a decade ago. Managing social media for Fortune 100 companies “I really stumbled into my career,” says the 33-year-old Senior … [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...]