Posts By: Karl Low

Alek Golijanin

Alek Golijanin is an Athabasca University alum. He has represented Athabasca University at a number of competitions both at the Provincial and International level. Alek’s articles revolve around his passion for learning and innovation, as he summarizes research and presents it in ways that compels readers and continues the tradition of life-long learning, and some of the articles are even inspired by investigative journalism shows like CTV’s W5, CBC’s The Fifth Estate and Marketplace, and CBS’ 60 Minutes.

“Every now and then a man’s mind is stretched by a new idea or sensation, and never shrinks back to its former dimensions.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. 1858.

Combat Sports—The Art of Fighting

To me, combat sports are the pinnacle of all sports, yet somehow the IOC decided to remove wrestling from the Olympics. In some sports, like basketball and soccer, you will sometimes see players blaming judges when they lose.  One thing that irritates me to the core is constant complaining, whether it is in the sports… Read more »

The Comanches—Rulers of the Plains

There are around 50 tribes of indigenous peoples across Canada and over 500 federally recognized tribes across The United States of America.  While I find all indigenous peoples’ history fascinating, the tribe that sticks out the most to me are the Comanches.  The Comanches are a lesser known tribe, known for their ferocity, and during… Read more »

The Hadza—Modern Hunter-Gather People of Tanzania

In the world of anthropology, the term “Indigenous” encapsulates much more than the traditional meaning of earliest known inhabitants of an area.  It explores the earliest ways of group life, the methods of survival across areas and the interactions with those environments.  Mankind’s history is cruel; in the past 150 years we have seen many… Read more »

The Social Determinants of Health

People do not approach situations neutrally.  We tend to have our own preconceived beliefs towards life, and those beliefs vary depending onyour life experience.  But if you really want to get a better idea of why people are the way they are, for better or for worse, you should start with the social determinants of… Read more »

Inheriting Trauma—Exploring Intergenerational Consequences

The ripples of trauma are like the ripples of tsunamis: they both eventually recede, but not without creating long-lasting damage.  In humans, these ripples are the lived experiences, particularly the traumatic ones, of our ancestors, and it may have contributed to some of our psychological and behavioral dispositions.  Research indicates that trauma can be inherited… Read more »

Change Your Genes—Epigenetics in Action

In elementary school I was taught that we are stuck with the genes we are born with.  Since that time, science breakthroughs indicate that my elementary school science teachers may have been wrong and that we have more control over our genes then we were led to believe. This new branch of genetics is called… Read more »

The Importance of Star Teachers

For children who attend urban schools, especially those living in poverty and those that come from diverse cultural backgrounds, having an effective teacher can be a matter of life and death.  These children often have no life options for achieving decent lives other than by experiencing success in school.  These are the high stakes involved… Read more »

Interleaving—Performance Enhanced Learning

‘Performance-enhancing’ is a term synonymous with cheating, but a recent Athabasca University study focusing on boosting student retention in classrooms indicates that there is a new approach to learning which might truly enhance performance.  This approach is called “interleaving”, and it allows for students to better retain and recall information weeks, months, and even years… Read more »