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 »


For a long time, Distance Education [DE] was considered inferior to traditional learning. That stigma is slowly being eroded, and AU has played a large role in legitimizing DE. For the next Sounding Off, tell me about your experiences as an AU student. How do people react to when they hear that you are attending… Read more »

Tuition from the Ontario Perspective

We love to hear from you! Please continue providing your opinions, comments and ideas; any submissions can be sent to Please indicate if we may publish your letter. Dear Ms Editor of the Voice; First let’s start out by saying that I really like the new website. Well done! I read Ms Jabbour’s article… Read more »

Dear Sandra

Dear Sandra, I’m in a cooking rut. My family is sick and tired of Hamburger Helper and fish sticks, but I don’t have the time, money or the know how to do any better. Any suggestions? Hamburgered-Out in the USA Dear Hamburgered-Out, You don’t have to cook like Emeril and have Oprah’s bank account to… Read more »