Are You Graduating This June?

I want to feature graduating AU students for the profiles section in May and June. If you are graduating this year, write to me and I will send you a profile form to fill out or we can arrange for a more in-depth interview. Remember how hard it was when you started at distance education?… Read more »

Flicks & Folios

Most of the time I watch films that have able-bodied characters – don’t we all? But Door to Door is a whole different – and delightful – kettle of film. The star, William H. Macy, is the humble, cerebral palsy victim Bill Porter. His appearance won’t win him any Academy Awards but his acting did!… Read more »

Fiction Feature – Churchyard

Send your fiction to All forms of short fiction are accepted, from poetry, to plays, to short stories in all genres. I’m convinced that people who live in Stratford-upon-Avon shouldn’t be allowed to get married. This is not to consign all the residents of Shakespeare’s hometown to lives of sin, but rather to protect… Read more »

Canadian Fedwatch! News Across the Nation

Education Week From April 27th to May 3rd, it’s Education Week ( in Alberta. In typical Alberta fashion, this means a concentration on the kindergarten to grade 12 school system through-out the province and a near neglect of post-secondary institutions. If you go to the link, you’ll see a number of events going on around… Read more »

Worth a Second Look – Prior Learning Assessment And Recognition, A Lifetime Of Learning.

Life experiences provide many learning opportunities, and the skills from this learning are applicable to work or education. Workers are returning to school to gain standing for professional advancement. Athabasca University students can access the Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) process to receive credit towards Athabasca University degrees and diplomas, reducing the time it… Read more »

Why Marry At All?

My mother has been married three times; every time it has ended badly. I have seen her move repeatedly through stages that are now predictable to me: from excitement and giddiness at meeting someone new, to the desire to be free of a life that restricts her movements like a too-tight skirt. She is now… Read more »

Notes From COCAL-V, Oct. 5th, 2002: Distance Education And Intellectual Property Panel

On October 5th, 2002, Donna Koziak was a panellist at the 5th National Conference on Contingent Academic Labor [] in Montreal, Quebec. Following are her notes from the presentation. :: Since 1986 I have worked as a tutor for Athabasca University. AU is an institution completely dedicated to distance education at both the undergraduate and… Read more »

Canadian Achievement And The PM’s Misplaced Priorities

Corks popped and the Champagne flowed amongst the Prime Minister’s staff to celebrate a great Canadian achievement one day after The Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre completed the sequencing of the SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) virus that is plaguing China as well as Canada. The Prime Minister even called, immediately, to congratulate the person… Read more »