Articles

Distance Education—Reputation

When I first started with Athabasca University a lot of what I saw in the online groups were questions about the reputation of the university and how that would affect applications to grad schools and getting a job with that degree in hand.  These conversations made me wonder the same thing: was the degree I… Read more »

Cool Canadian Culture

While many of us are still unsure exactly what it means to be Canadian, we do seem to share common so-called ‘Canadian’ activities, such as visiting Tim Horton’s for our caffeine and Timbits fix.  Beyond that, there are countless more cultural activities that celebrate all things Canadian, and this can only assist you in becoming… Read more »

Editorial—What We’re Known For

On October 17, Canada’s legislation that legalized the use and cultivation of small amount of marijuana came into effect. Personally, I have no interest in partaking.  I really don’t care if you do, but please, not around me. I don’t like second-hand smoke from cigarettes and the smell of marijuana is almost worse, albeit in… Read more »

Council Connection—October 11,2018 Meeting

The October 11th, 2018 Council meeting was called to order on time and all councillors attended.  A special “welcome back” was extended to Communications Coordinator, Donette Kingyens, who was away during the summer. Beginning with this meeting and continuing forward is a change of format to the agenda.  Meetings will begin with a question and… Read more »

After the Wildfires

From where we live, the edge of the burn, where the wildfires stopped, was about 50km by road.  Over the weekend, we went for a short drive to see what they’d left behind.  On our way out, we saw a few bears, and I was thrilled to see they had survived.  It was a bit… Read more »

Top Five Organizational Tools Every Student Should Have

To keep entropy low and to stay on top of things during the year, it’s critical we have a reliable system to fall back on.  While every student has their unique way of organizing their work space and meeting deadlines, I’ve noticed that certain survival tips have remained unchanged despite the ever-changing dynamics of being… Read more »

Editorial—Lingering

This is going to be a quick editorial, as I’m still dealing with the after effects of this flu and really not fully up to snuff. After all the troubles two weeks ago that lead to us skipping an issue, however, it is kind of nice to get back to normal. Or at least as… Read more »

20 Tips for Online Study Success

So you’ve taken the big step toward your educational goals and signed up for online classes with Athabasca University.  Congratulations! Simply getting started is the first step toward achieving your aspirations.  But times have changed, and online learning is different than being in a classroom with a professor and fellow students. Although there are numerous… Read more »

Meeting the Minds—Dr. Shawn Fraser

Dr. Shawn Fraser is a Professor and the Interim Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies at Athabasca University.  Here we talk about his background, inspiration at AU, acquisition of education, demographics of graduate students at AU, popular courses and programs, and more! What is your own narrative? What is family and personal background, e.g.,… Read more »