Posts By: Karl Low

Adrienne Braithwaite

Adrienne Braithwaite has a Bachelor of Arts (Anthropology major, English minor). She enjoys learning and has recently returned to university to complete an After-Degree program in Secondary Education. As a mother of two, she enjoys spending time outside with her kids and exploring the world. AU learning has provided the perfect way to spend more time at home with her family and continue her studies.
Traveling is also passion of Adrienne’s and she thrives on understanding and exploring other cultures around the world. The field of ethics and cultural identity is important to her as is ensuring equal access to education for all students. She hopes that as a teacher she will help build up resilient students who will not only have a passion for their communities but will also work towards creating a more peaceful and inclusive Canada.

Are You an Overthinker?

Do you spend more time thinking about hypothetical consequences of a decision, than you do on the decision itself? Overthinking is more than simply taking an unusually long time to make decisions; it is a culmination of excessive worrying about the future while spending too much time dwelling on past mistakes.  Overthinking can impact both… Read more »

Let YOUR Voice be Heard in 2021

The pandemic is stretching all areas of our society from health care and small businesses to blurring the boundaries between public and private life.  Graduate and undergraduate students are not immune to the struggles of our global crisis, but many are also facing the additional challenge of traversing an entirely online learning experience.  Adapting to… Read more »

National Indigenous Peoples’ Day—June 21, 2020

In a recent press interview, Prime Minster Justin Trudeau spoke about an “unconscious bias” impacting all Canadians.  Now, more than ever, our cultural perspectives and unique identities are being called into question, especially in political and corporate sectors. Our increasingly globalized economy demands sameness, which is in direct opposition to natural human culture.  In our… Read more »

Set Up for Success—Using VMock to Boost Your Marketability

This fall, AUSU began a new partnership with SMART Career Center to use their VMock program to provide Athabasca University undergraduate students with an innovative way to navigate the tough job climate.  Using artificial intelligence, VMock matches a candidate’s skills and talents with specific career opportunities.  The online technology differs from traditional job databases by… Read more »

Gender Inequality in STEM and Ada Lovelace Day

Gender inequality and segregation in STEM fields is a serious concern, one which is made more problematic by unyielding and stereotypical gender division in the school subjects of science and math.  Some theorists use cognitive brain development to explain gender division in STEM fields; the male and female separation in certain academic subjects eventually leads… Read more »

Reimagining the Library

Reimagine: “to think about again especially in order to change or improve.” In many communities, the library embodies a unifying space transcending socio-economic boundaries.  The public library doesn’t just exist as a book depository, it offers programming for all ages, printing services, room rentals, and access to free computers and Wi-Fi.  For students, the university… Read more »

A Look into AUSU’s Peer Course Reviews

Course evaluations are routinely used by universities as a way for students to provide formal feedback on course content and instruction.  AUSU recently announced a new and supplementary course evaluation called Peer Course Review.  By providing anonymous course reviews, students can give feedback on AU courses and help future students make enrollment decisions.  Ideally, AU… Read more »

Has the Pandemic Changed You?

In anthropology, the term cultural relativism refers to how we find identity and value through our culture, a culture which is not immune to rapid transformation.  When looking back at history we see formative events triggering cultural adaptations, but is it possible to analyze these changes while they are happening? If we look back to… Read more »

Will Online Learning Save you Money This Fall?

Most universities in Canada are switching to online or a hybrid of online/in-person learning for this upcoming fall semester.  Those familiar with AU’s popular education format can attest to how learning from home can save you money on upfront costs without sacrificing quality instruction.  Tuition costs have been on the rise across Canada, but with… Read more »

Does Online Learning make Cheating Easier?

As Canadian universities are preparing for virtual learning for the Fall 2020 semester, post-secondary courses are being adapted to fit an online learning environment.  Virtual courses present a plethora of challenges for professors, including how to prevent a spike in cheating.  Multiple choice tests, online exams and the number of students enrolled in a course… Read more »