The Hub Introducing Research with Reach

Introducing a new video series showcasing the work of Athabasca University researchers and graduate students

Research with Reach is a video series that showcases the work of Athabasca University (AU) researchers and graduate students who are tackling some of the world’s biggest problems.

From advances in education and technology to climate change to health care to sustainable business, AU researchers are pushing the boundaries of knowledge and discovery—and transforming lives and communities.

IDEA Lab redefines research through cloud technology

IDEA Lab isn’t a traditional university research lab because it isn’t a physical space. It represents a new way of doing research virtually using cloud computing and a first-in-Canada partnership between Athabasca University, Amazon Web Services, and RONIN. With IDEA Lab, AU researchers can investigate big problems with even bigger datasets to propel discovery and deliver results.

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Harnessing technology to advance and enhance learning

Video games, AI and phone apps are all great tools to help people learn, and to make learning accessible to more people. At AU, Canada’s open university, expert researchers are exploring how to use technology to enhance and encourage learning, how humans interact with technology, and the limits and ethical considerations that come into play. 

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Protecting food, water, and ecosystems through research and technology

Sustainability is about finding ways to meet our needs for today and for the the future. For Indigenous communities in northern Alberta, it’s about protecting water and food sources that are under threat from industry so that future generations can practice traditional ways of living. It’s about understanding how environments and systems work, interact, and respond to emerging threats such as climate change. It’s about developing new technologies that can solve environmental problems at the local, regional, and global scale.

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Designing sustainable businesses and cities through research

Sustainability is also about ensuring that businesses look beyond profit and consider their role and obligations to the communities in which they operate and serve. It’s about designing communities and gathering spaces that serve the needs of today and tomorrow.

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Discovering a flexible graduate experience

What does graduate student research look like at an online university? Like a rich and rewarding experience, say graduate researchers at AU, Canada’s open university. They work in the field and online, seeking answers to important questions in nursing, teaching, business, science and more.

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