News From AU

New Global and Social Analysis website Learn more on-line about the Governance Law and Management Degree available at Athabasca University by browsing the new virtual home pages for the Governance, Law and Management (GLM) and Public Administration degree programs The new site is located at: AU’s existence confirmed at June 13 and 14 Convocation… Read more »

Conference Connections

Contributed by The Insider ED-MEDIA – “World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications” – June 23 – 28, 2003 – Honolulu, Hawaii. Details: IASTED – “International Conference on Computers and Advanced Technology” – June 30 – July 2, 2003 – Rhodes, Greece. Details: Distance Teaching & Learning Conference: – 19th annual -“Working Smarter… Read more »

Sounding Off

AU Convocation 2003 took place this past weekend. Graduates from all over Canada – and beyond – made their way to Athabasca for the ceremonies, while others celebrated their achievement at home. This week, I asked AU students to send their congratulatory messages to our grads. Here is what you had to say: Dear Voice,… Read more »


GRADUATE PROFILE – SANDRA A. MACISSAC Here’s what Sandra had to say on convocation day: AGE: 38 LIVES IN: Rochester, Minnesota TRAVEL TIME TO ATHABASCA: 5 hours by plane & car PROGRAM COMPLETED: Bachelor of Science YEARS IT TOOK TO COMPLETE: 6 FAVORITE COURSE: Molecular Cell Biology LEAST FAVORITE COURSE: Historical Foundations Of Modern Science… Read more »

Flicks & Folios – Chinese Acupuncture And Moxibustion

Finding this book wasn’t very easy, but I plan to scoot over to China some day to study acupuncture and this textbook was listed as required reading. Considering the SARS epidemic currently in the Orient, and my maxed out credit cards, don’t expect any exotic reports from China too soon! I bumped into this book… Read more »

Canadian Fedwatch! News Across the Nation

The Numbers Game Statistics Canada has recently released ( a report on University Financing across Canada. The report starts off with the happy news that, for the first time in 15 years, revenues from public sources increased faster than those from private sources. Could it be that the governments are finally starting to realize the… Read more »

Canadian Fedwatch! News Across the Nation

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 ( to reference. Statistics Canada, following up on an earlier study about how distance affects post-secondary… Read more »


We return to the continuing drama of Bill 43. In this episode, four students”?members of CAUS”?supported by two policy researchers and a note-taker ascend to the 11th floor of the downtown Edmonton offices of Alberta Learning. In their satchels, the CAUS emissaries carry important documents that outline the locations of dead ends, blind curves, and… Read more »

Flicks & Folios – The Accidental Spy

Well well well:I’ve found my favourite Jackie Chan film! Hilariously, his character Bei is a failed exercise equipment salesman. He becomes a spy by foiling a jewellery heist. This leads him to Liu, a private investigator who convinces Bei he is actually the long-lost son of a wealthy Korean businessman. He’s soon involved in an… Read more »

Dear Sandra

Dear Sandra, I have a serious problem that I hope you can help me with. I found out that my manager is doing some things at work that are not very ethical. Some of his misdeeds include misusing business funds (e.g. Takes his wife for dinner and his buddies for drinks claiming these personal outings… Read more »