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

Digital Madness – Copy Control Stupidity

They say you never have a second chance to make a first impression. This is advice that the recording industry would have done well to take as, until now, I had never really thought specifically about any one record label. Now I have, and the results are probably not what the label would like. What… Read more »

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Why Distance Education Matters As AU students, you’re all aware of the various reasons why good distance learning institutions are useful, if not vital to the education of Canadians. But now the federal government has statistics of its own (http://www.statcan.ca/Daily/English/030604/d030604b.htm) to reference. Statistics Canada, following up on an earlier study about how distance affects post-secondary… Read more »

Canadian Fedwatch! News Across the Nation

Working to Learn not Working? Statistics Canada has recently released a report (http://www.statcan.ca/Daily/English/030526/d030526a.htm) on the correlation between dropping out of high school and working. Not surprisingly, they have found that students who work 30 hours per week or more at paid employment are more likely to drop out than students who work moderate hours or… Read more »

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I Wanted to be Wrong Sometimes it would be better to be wrong than right. My previous comments (http://www.ausu.org/voice/search/searchdisplay.php?ART=304) on BSE aka Mad Cow disease are one of those times. Now it has finally hit us here in Alberta (http://www.inspection.gc.ca/english/anima/heasan/disemala/bseesb/bseesbindexe.shtml), but in actual cattle herds rather than the deer population. This is going to have… Read more »

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Alberta Attacking Students The Government of Alberta was pleased to announce (http://www.gov.ab.ca/acn/200305/14359.html) Bill 43, in support of a seamless post-secondary system. Unfortunately for Alberta and Athabasca University post-secondary students; apparently seamless means sealing themselves away from pesky student requests. One of the most interesting things about the Act is that the tuition cap, that small… Read more »

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Looking Back The Voice issue of spring 1994: The Alberta Government has announced it will eliminate 21 percent from Advanced Education Funding over three years. The then minister of Advanced Education and Career Development, Jack Ady, says that “I firmly believe, however, that efforts to control spending now will ensure that future generations of Albertans… Read more »

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Manitoba Students get Free Extension The Provincial Government of Manitoba has announced (http://www.gov.mb.ca/chc/press/top/2003/04/2003-04-29-08.html) that it will be doubling the interest free period of student loans from six months to a full year. When combined with their recent budget that keeps tuition at 10% below 1999 levels, it seems like going to Manitoba to take your… Read more »

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When Even The Bank Tells You To Spend More The Toronto Dominion bank recently released a report (http://micro.newswire.ca/releases/April2003/22/c2879.html/62342-0) praising Alberta as being the only region in Canada that has U.S. levels of wealth while preserving the Canadian-style quality of life. The report is not all wine and roses however, and points out that in order… Read more »

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Education Week From April 27th to May 3rd, it’s Education Week (http://www.gov.ab.ca/acn/200304/14212.html) 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 »

Canadian Fedwatch! News Across the Nation

Tough Times Coming for AU Students The Alberta Government released its latest budget documents this past week, and what they say may not prove to be the greatest news for Athabasca University. To begin with, let’s start with a look at the Education section (i) of the budget. In this section, they point out things… Read more »