Announcing a new AU podcast, Go The Distance
We’ve been working on something big, and we’re excited to announce the launch of our new podcast, Go The Distance.
Athabasca University has partnered with CBC Tandem to tell the stories of some remarkable AU learners and alumni.
Go The Distance features stories from learners of all backgrounds—from working parents to Olympic athletes—who have discovered the transformative effect of online learning and its ripple effect in their lives and in their communities.
When education is accessible, our world changes for the better.
You can listen to the podcast on the Go The Distance webpage, through your favourite podcast app, or by clicking on the photos below.
Going back to school later in life can be daunting, even before you factor in an artificial-intelligence-powered virtual co-op, ADMN 405. But for Laverne Wells, taking on the challenge of getting a degree and navigating an innovative new course has all been worth it.
Dr. Stefanie Ruel
She could help launch satellites into orbit, and command missions for the Canadian Space Agency, but Stefanie Ruel still struggled to break the glass ceiling. She decided to upgrade her credentials with an online Master of Business Administration from AU, and that experience helped her to realize she was being discriminated against at work.
Growing up with facial differences, which meant many reconstructive surgeries and hospital visits, Rakesh David said he doesn’t think his experience too different than other kids. But when he started looking at post-secondary education, he struggled to find a school that would give him the flexibility he needed. With the support of Accessibility Services at AU, he’s well on his way to a political science degree.
It’s not easy to fit school into the busy schedule of a professional athlete, but that’s exactly what two-time Olympian Emily Nishikawa was able to do with AU. While competing on the international cross-country skiing circuit, she was able to earn a degree, setting her up for success now that she’s looking at her next steps.
Dr. Djenana Jalovcic
Living through the siege of Sarajevo, Djenana Jalovcic saw first-hand that volunteerism can literally mean the difference between life and death. She left the city, spent time in a refugee camp, and then came to Canada. Now she’s putting her education to use, helping provide educational opportunities for people with disabilities.
Raised by a settler family, it wasn’t until later in life that Shelley Wiart reconnected with her Métis roots. Learning more about the community, and the challenges Indigenous women face, inspired her to make a difference. As an undergraduate learner with AU, she was able to apply grant funding to help Indigenous women tell their own health stories, with the goal of driving positive change within the healthcare system.