Athabasca University versus The World

Athabasca University (AU), dubbed “Canada’s fastest growing university”, is Canada’s premier university when it comes to providing long-distance learning.  The origin story began in 1970, in Athabasca, Alberta, and some of its milestones include signing an agreement with Correctional Services Canada to provide learning opportunities to federal inmates and provide them with the skills to… Read more »

What I Ate on my Four Day China Trip

As per my article from last week, I had a quick visit to see my grandma who was recently hospitalized.  Despite the slightly somber atmosphere, I did get the chance to change my Canadian palate and try some locally beloved dishes. There were so many things I craved that I was ecstatic to try again. … Read more »

[blue rare]Melodies and Food For the End of the World

In the six thousand years or so since the birth of human civilization, it has surely never been easier to envision the ultimate, quite possibly imminent, seemingly inevitable demise of our species.  Nuclear brinkmanship, overpopulation, underpopulation, technological uprisings, climate catastrophe, epidemiological devastation, alien invasion, zombies, parasites—from the fanciful to the all-too-plausible, there’s seemingly no end… Read more »

AU-Thentic Events

Library Chat Tues, Feb 20, 10:30 am to 2:30 pm MST Online Hosted by AU Library No pre-registration needed; access through chat box on home page Effective Paraphrasing Tues, Feb 20, 12:30 to 1:30 pm MST Online via MS Teams Hosted by AU Write Site Register through above link Faculty of Business Undergrad… Read more »

Editorial—It’s an Honour to be Nominated

We are now right in the middle of the nomination period for the next AUSU Council election.  This is the group of students, like you, who get together to try to decide how the AUSU contribution you provide with each course registration would be best used to benefit students in general. Like many post-secondary institutions,… Read more »

Inside AU Events: Developing Your Research Series

At times, it can be difficult to find a sense of community in AU’s digital sphere.  However, there are a great deal of events occurring on a consistent basis.  These range from style guide tips for assignments to research tips and tricks. This Voice Magazine writer recently had a chance to attend an AU research-focused… Read more »

How Visual Learners can Excel at Active Listening

I’ve scoured books on listening, yet I still miss half of what people say.  I hardly recall lists of tasks relayed to me, and I miss half of what is spoken in the movies.  However, I figured out a way to truly listen, and this technique applies to visual learners.  It’s simply to visualize everything… Read more »

Fly on the Wall—Sounds, Sounds, A Society of Sounds

Every cognitive absence contains the presence of our mind; rushing floodwaters of thought gush into our awareness whenever a vacuum prevails.  Sounds illustrate the social world of me and you.  While the bucolic sound of silence contains a certain valour, most everything that we humans enjoy emits some sort of, if you will, auditory odour. … Read more »

Research Assistant Opportunity!

If you thought your social media platforms were the main culprits for gathering every modicum of personal information about your digital life, think again.  It turns out that “Learning systems like Moodle and Brightspace store comprehensive log data about students’ and educators’ behaviours and actions.” So, even humbler and bookish academic platforms like Moodle gather… Read more »

Student Sizzle—AU Social Media

Facebook: Transferring from AU. A student asks for feedback on experiences with transferring from AU to another university. Most responses indicated that AU is considerably more difficult than other universities, given its self-directed study format. In another post, a student indicates that AU’s computer science program has a lot of readings but not enough programming…. Read more »

Vintage Voice

We’re at the tail end of Random Acts of Kindness week (Feb 11 to 17), which culminates in Random Acts of Kindness Day on February 17.  We were pleased, but not at all surprised, to discover many articles in The Voice‘s archives on this kindness movement. From one student to another.  Debbie Jabbour, who was… Read more »

Our Sufferings Lead to a Whirlwind of Missions

Something incredible occurs when we align with a motive of love and service toward all beings.  We get flung into a frenzy of activity where things we didn’t know how to do, we suddenly can do; where opportunities that seemed impossible appear at every turn; and where, despite not having the required skill, every detail… Read more »

Beyond Literary Landscapes—Literary Settings: Hotels and Motels

From my early beginnings as a young introvert, the public library has always been a bit of a refuge.  Years later, not much has changed, albeit with an additional affinity for endless hours spent scouring second-hand bookstores to add to my ever-growing “to-read” pile. From one bookworm to another, this column will be underscoring and… Read more »

Scholarship of the Week

Scholarship name:  Troop 17 Scholarship Sponsored by:  RCMP Deadline:  March 31, 2024, 11:59pm PST Potential payout:  $1000 Eligibility restriction:  Applicants must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents, and must be enrolled full-time in an accredited Canadian university or college.  Refer to application form for full eligibility requirements. What’s required:  An email with a completed application… Read more »

Black History Month—The Father of the Underground Railroad

Black history month is a unique month.  It allows different societies to reflect on one of the cruelest crimes against humanity ever perpetrated, one which lasted around 250 years in the U.S., and there were even moments in Canadian history that involved some elements of slavery.  However, what makes the U.S.  and Canada stand out… Read more »