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The Reputation of Online—Athabasca University

On a regular basis, I receive messages from people asking me for my opinions of Athabasca University and questioning its overall credibility.  I try to always reply in a reassuring manner and try to make the university sound great, though that is not always easy.  People tend to just believe what they want to believe… Read more »

Distance Education—Reputation

When I first started with Athabasca University a lot of what I saw in the online groups were questions about the reputation of the university and how that would affect applications to grad schools and getting a job with that degree in hand.  These conversations made me wonder the same thing: was the degree I… Read more »

Taking Notes: Eye on Education – A New Online University!

This column focuses on a wide range of issues affecting post-secondary students. Students are encouraged to submit suggestions and educational topics they are concerned about, or personal experiences with courses or university situations they feel other students should know about. If suggest a topic or a course alert for taking notes, contact voice@ausu.org, attn: Debbie… Read more »

Christmas Shopping Online: Save Time But Be Careful

Christmas shopping can be a lot of fun, but it can also be incredibly time consuming and stressful if you have a busy schedule. The closer it gets to Christmas, the more stressed shoppers become, and it is difficult not to feed off of that negative energy when you are in the stores. Part of… Read more »

Council Connection

The most recent AUSU Council Meeting took place on Thursday, March 19, 2020 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm MT. All Councillors were in attendance, with the exception of Councillor Melinda Goertz and Member Services Coordinator Donette Kingyens, with the addition of the incoming council observing.  Also in attendance was The Voice’s Council Meeting Reporter Natalia… Read more »

Council Connection—February 27, 2020 Meeting

The most recent AUSU Council Meeting took place on Thursday, February 27, 2020 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm MT. In attendance were President Brandon Simmons (Meeting Chair), Vice President Finance and Administration (VPFA) Brittany Daigle, Councillor Sarah Blayney Lew, Councillor Darcie Fleming, Councillor Christine Hudder, Councillor Amanda Lipinski, Councillor Alice Namu, Councillor Lisa Oracheski, Councillor… Read more »

Minds We Meet—Karen Lam

Who are your fellow students?  It can feel like you are all alone in your studies, but across the nation, around the globe, students like you are also pursuing their AU education, and The Voice Magazine wants to bring their stories to you.  If you would like to be featured next, do not hesitate to… Read more »

Fly on the Wall—Two Sides to Every Dilemma

A notorious recent exposition of the vicissitudes implied by post-truth culture is Jeff Orlowski’s documentary titled The Social Dilemma.  At first blush the show elucidates just how far social media has permeated our culture and our consciousness.  Yet, when pressed to describe the problem in words (not only feelings, as would fit the standard definition… Read more »

Asking the Candidates!

The AUSU election is coming up, and while distance education makes a lot of things possible, it can make figuring out who to vote for a bit of a challenge.  AU does not really have a centre point that students congregate in and that can be used to easily deliver messages to the student body. … Read more »

Athabasca University’s 50th Anniversary—Beyond 50

Athabasca University is celebrating their 50th anniversary.  On June 25, 1970, the Order in Council of the Government of Alberta had opened it as a campus-based institution.  Two years later, they decided to run a test pilot of an open, distance university.  The first course they offered was World Ecology in 1973 and, after that,… Read more »