Posts By: Karl Low

Karl Low

Born and (mostly) raised in Calgary, Karl has been taking courses on and off at AU since 1999. At one point, he changed his major from Computing Science to Computing Science because the new program requirements fit what he’d already taken better. Since then, he switched to English and graduated (w/Great Distinction he likes to add) proving along the way that it is entirely possible to complete an entire AU course within a three week period. If only he had done this at the beginning of the course instead of in the last extension.

This is not something he advises unless you are desperate, masochistic, or, ideally, both.

He is currently the managing editor of The Voice Magazine, where he tries to put his education to use helping other students as they provide content for The Voice

Editorial—Buckling Up Again

Once again, post-secondary in Alberta is being told to tighten its belt.  Have you ever noticed that there never is an article about how post-secondary is being allowed to let its belt out?  At any rate, the most recent Alberta budget has been released, and, as expected, it’s post-secondary education that will be taking the… Read more »

Editorial—An Old Tradition, New Again

This hasn’t happened since before I became editor. In fact, it hasn’t happened since before the editor before me became editor. But I’m happy to announce that, once again, the Voice Magazine is hosting a writing contest.  If you haven’t seen the article about it already, go look now, as that has all the details,… Read more »

The Voice Writing Contest 2021

The Voice is launching its 2021 writing contest, with categories for both fiction and non-fiction, and there’s a total $2000 available to be won. Please read the contest rules and regulations and submission guidelines carefully to ensure you are not disqualified. It’s free to enter, but the length limits are firm and all entries that go… Read more »

Editorial—Alternative Assessments

One of the things that AU is looking at these days is the question of alternative assessments.  It’s always been somewhat of a niche topic, but it’s one that’s seen increasing interest, especially as the pandemic forces educators to reconsider, well, almost everything about how courses are designed. One of the principals of the AU… Read more »

AUSU Council Report—January 20, 2021 Meeting

The January 20th meeting started with the expected participants having a notable absence of a Vice-President of Finance and Administration.  However, Councillor Monique Durette, the VPFA at the previous meeting, was still present.  Supporting documents in the meeting noted two resignations.  One of VPFA Monique Durette from the position, though she would be remaining on… Read more »

Editorial—Secret Plans Afoot

Things are starting to come together for something special that The Voice Magazine is going to do later this month and into March. If you’re not subscribed to our reminder list for when the magazine comes out, you may want to consider doing that.  It’s only one email a week, after all, and sometimes it’s… Read more »

Editorial–Cancellation Considerations

Sometimes I feel a bit old.  This week, for instance, was the 25th anniversary of my marriage.  I remember when I was a kid, 25th anniversaries were the domain of old people.  And yet even though we’re marrying older, for some reason it seems those with 25th anniversaries are younger than ever. Perspective makes all… Read more »

Editorial—The Anti-Climactic Climax

After all the worry, the ominous warnings of violence, insurrection, and revolution, the democratic transfer of power in our neighbours to the south was peaceful.  Uneventful, even. I’ve read that many of those believing the QAnon conspiracy, people who truly expected some grand reveal in the final moments of Trump’s presidency that would expose the… Read more »

Editorial—Repudiating Resolutions

I always find it interesting when the writers for The Voice Magazine independently come up with a theme for the issue.  Of course, I don’t think anybody would be terribly surprised that the first issue we get this year has a strong theme about New Years’ Resolutions, coming as it does at the start of… Read more »