Vol. 23 Iss. 12

Volume 23 Issue 12 - 03/20/2015

Meeting the Minds – Dr. Terry Anderson, Part II

Dr. Terry Anderson is a Canadian Research Chair and on the editorial boards of several academic journals. He is also a teacher of AU’s Masters of Distance Education program, and recently consented to be interviewed by The Voice Magazine by writer Marie Well. In the first part of the interview, Dr. Anderson spoke about the… Read more »

From Where I Sit – Open Minds, Open Hearts

While on our recent cruise I was pleased that each morning the ship provided three distinct four-page leaflets bringing news from Canada, the United States, and Great Britain. In fact That’s how I first learned that John Baird was retiring from federal politics and that a man from Lamont, Alberta had won fifty million dollars… Read more »

Dear Barb – Mommy Dearest

Dear Barb: My mother is driving me crazy! She is so nosy! She keeps going through my computer and my phone. I’m not sure what she is looking for, I’m a good son. I will be starting university this year and I have never been in any trouble. I don’t use drugs or drink. Why… Read more »

The Writer’s Toolbox – Replace This

You’re rereading past issues of the Toolbox and realize that, oops! “Toward” isn’t supposed to be spelled with an ?s. And you’re pretty sure you’ve spelled it that way quite a few times in your manuscript, but the thought of going through the whole 70,000-word document makes your eyes glaze over. Enter the mighty and… Read more »

The Study Dude

There is nothing more that The Study Dude wants for you than to know the “right” questions to ask in your academic research and writing. Well, in these articles, as The Study Dude, I’ll try to give you the study tips you need to help make your learning easier. I’ll also give you straight and… Read more »

The Travelling Student – The Code of Vegas

My name is Philip Kirkbride. I’m a college graduate from Ontario studying at AU. I’ve always wanted to do an exchange program or study abroad but never found the right time to do so. This is the story of how Athabasca University has allowed me to create my own study abroad program. In the last… Read more »

Music Review – The Night Before

Artist: No Dry County Album: The Night Before There is something about some types of music that remind you of summertime. The songs that bring fond summer memories back to the forefront of the mind often have that laid back tone, soft singing, and a slight country influence. Maybe It’s because I spend my summer… Read more »

The Entrepreneur’s Path

I had the good fortune recently to have my brother publish a Kindle book on Amazon for the first time. In light of his endeavour, I can now report how simplistic it is to publish on Amazon (much easier than I reported in my prior article on self-publishing), and I’ll even give you a tip… Read more »

The Mindful Bard – Advanced Style

Film: Advanced Style Director: Lina Plioplyte “You make me feel so young. You make me feel as though spring has sprung. And every time I see you grin, I’m such a happy individual.” – from “You Make Me Feel So Young,” by Joseph Myrow and Mack Gordon Why do gorgeously dressed older women make such… Read more »

In Conversation with The Black Atlas, Part I

The Black Atlas is the alias of Peter Koronios, a solo artist who creates a mesmerising blend of ambient and grunge rock. He’s recently released a brilliant cover of Florence and the Machine’s “What the Water Gave Me,” as a follow-up to his latest EP, The Other. Koronios spent 8 months teaching himself guitar, bass,… Read more »

Frost Bite and Felt-Packs

I have discovered something in the last year, not something wildly profound?something wildly frustrating. After having surgery on my ankle, I have lost the ability to wear heels?heels of any kind. I am hoping to, one day, gain this ability back, but for now it is my sad reality. I say sad not because I… Read more »

A Second Look at Lynda

Have you visited Lynda yet? Lynda.com is the online software training company that is currently free for AUSU members. AU’s Student Union has arranged for free one-year access for AU undergraduate students, but time is running out. We first looked at lynda.com in this February 7, 2014 article in The Voice Magazine. If you didn’t… Read more »

Editorial – Expert Advice

Our feature this week is the second part of the interview with Dr. Terry Anderson. The other half of the formative team behind the AU Landing, Dr. Anderson is a strong proponent of social media being used in teaching, and has a piece of advice for all online learners that might help them succeed in… Read more »

Student Sizzle! – AU Social Media

AUSU Student Forums In the General Student Chat forum, user “CrimsonDawn” seeks help finding the T2202A form online. AthaU Facebook Group Austin wants to know when to expect an acceptance letter for his Masters program application. Stephanie seeks insight on some psychology courses. And Ameerah wants to know what other Bachelor of General Studies students… Read more »

AUSU Update

March 19, 2015 Athabasca University Students Union Welcomes Newly Elected Executive Members. Edmonton, Alberta ‐ Athabasca University Students Union (AUSU) is pleased to announce its recently elected Executive members for the 2015‐2016 council term. Congratulations to Jason Nixon: returning in the role of AUSU President, Shawna Wasylyshyn: newly joining the Executive team as Vice President… Read more »

International News Desk – At Home and Abroad

At Home: New Scholarship Prompts Student Exchange The first round of the Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarships, the first major scholarship program to be introduced in years, has been allocated to 37 Canadian universities across the country. Introduced in 2014, the scholarship will be given to both undergraduate and graduate students to allow… Read more »