Learn for free in 2023 with Athabasca University
We can’t help you with hitting the gym and eating right, but if your 2023 New Year’s resolution is to learn more, Athabasca University has you covered
We’ve all been there: December comes and goes with the absolute best of intentions for January. You’re going to hit the gym, spend money more wisely, and get your life together!
Then January hits and, well, we’re not here to judge. We’ve all been there.
This year, if you’re going to make a New Year’s resolution consider making a commitment to yourself to learn more. There are plenty of free learning opportunities at Athabasca University (AU), both through massively open online courses (MOOCs) created in partnership with other organizations, or through PowerED™ by Athabasca University.
What are you waiting for? Explore some of the no-cost options below or consider whether there are AU programs and courses that are right for you.
Introductory Financial Accounting MOOC
Accounting is said to be the language of business. Regardless whether you are a decision-maker within a business, a new manager, or are looking to move up in your organization, this course will help you to better understand financial information.
This course was created and is supervised by AU’s Faculty of Business and presented for free by PowerED. When you finish the MOOC, you will have the skills, knowledge, and critical thinking abilities to prepare and analyze a set of basic financial statements—an important skill set in today’s economy.
Learn more about the Introductory Financial Accounting MOOC.
Elevate Your Personal Brand
Personal branding doesn’t have to be an overwhelming concept! When you centre your genuine values and goals at the core of your personal brand, it becomes more than a superficial label or sales pitch.
Join brand strategist Laurie Kellough and start creating a personal brand that reflects who you are, what you want from life, and what you have to offer.
“Today’s emerging scholars face a new and rapidly changing academic landscape that presents distinct challenges in both their professional development and knowledge-production practices.”
Designing Your Research for Impact: Emerging Methods for Mobilization
Are you looking for ways to better communicate the results of your research with a broad audience? Today’s emerging scholars face a new and rapidly changing academic landscape that presents distinct challenges in both their professional development and knowledge-production practices.
This free micro-course, developed by PowerED™ in partnership with AU’s Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research Office, walks emerging scholars through novel and productive ways of approaching work through multi-modal knowledge mobilization.
Learn more about the Designing Your Research for Impact: Emerging Methods for Mobilization course.
Blended Learning Practice MOOC
This free 4-week course will introduce blended learning as an important and rapidly developing form of education from Jan. 15 to Feb. 11, 2023. Blended learning refers to using technology and distance education strategies in conjunction with traditional face-to-face classroom activities.
Provided by the Commonwealth of Learning in partnership with AU, this course will help teachers and other educational professionals to adopt blended learning strategies. This can lead to greater flexibility and convenience—not to mention learner creativity and independence.
Toward Co-operative Commonwealth: Transition in a Perilous Century MOOC
The central idea of this course is one shared by social movements all around the world: we need system change and transition to a political economy that is socially just and environmentally sustainable. This course running Jan. 29 to June 10, 2023, will provide a blend of theory and critical analysis showcasing practical models of transition that are being applied in communities around the globe.
As part of an innovative pilot, students who complete this course may be eligible to receive AU credit for their work on this MOOC, which is offered by the Synergia Institute.
Learn more about the Toward Co-Operative Commonwealth: Transition in a Perilous Century MOOC.
Designing for Communities of Inquiry in Online Courses MOOC
Are you looking to develop and expand your teaching skills? This MOOC might be just what you’re looking for. The community of inquiry is a pedagogical model that supports digital teaching and learning: online, in-person, and blended.
This introductory-level course will explore the why and the how of using the community of inquiry as the basis for developing and teaching high-quality online and blended courses. The course runs March 12 to April 15, 2023, and is provided by Commonwealth of Learning in partnership with AU.
Learn more about the Designing for Communities of Inquiry in Online Courses MOOC.