Vol. 23 Iss. 14

Volume 23 Issue 14 - 04/03/2015

Meeting the Minds – Dr. George Siemens, Part I

Dr. George Siemens is the founder of the theory of connectivism in education. Recently, he kindly consented to be interviewed by Marie Well of The Voice Magazine. Dr. Siemens was happy to provide us with very in-depth answers, and so this is the first part of the three-part interview. Marie Well: You are a highly… Read more »

Primal Numbers – Kissing Canines

Dog slobber. It’s one of those things that can divide even the most committed dog lovers. Some would rather kiss a toad than let their dog lick their face, while others gladly let Fido share their spoon or ice-cream cone. From the pro side, a common claim is that a dog’s mouth is cleaner than… Read more »

From Where I Sit – What I Know For Sure

On the last page of every issue of O magazine, Oprah has a column entitled ‘What I Know for Sure.’ In those few words she summarizes the life lesson that supports the theme of that issue. Some recent topics included: 1. “The only thing you shouldn’t miss is what matters to you.” 2. “What daring,… Read more »

Dear Barb – Easter Questions

Dear Barb: I am in my late thirties and Easter has got me thinking about life and what I can do to become a more spiritual person. My family never attended Church or had any religious affiliations. Recently I’ve been trying to find a way to live a more spiritually, fulfilling life. I don’t want… Read more »

The Entrepreneur’s Path – The Laptop Millionaire, Part II

Delving deep into the final chapters of Laptop Millionaire, by Mark Anastasi, it dawned on me that the practical element of how to implement these multi-million revenue generating strategies s is sorely amiss on the pages. I read extensively on affiliate marketing, watched multiple Webinars on affiliate marketing, and dreamt of the day when I’d… Read more »

Music Review – Dirty Cheat

Album: Dirty Cheat Artist: Laura Cole There is something about Jazz and R&B influenced music that I find so raw and intense. And I find that these genres are the best at giving a voice to some of the most intense emotions. Laura Cole’s music is no exception. In her first all original album, Dirty… Read more »

The Travelling Student – The Rising Sun of Hawaii

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 »

In Conversation with The Winter Brave

“Songwriting in general is a very cathartic experience for me. Writing lyrics especially helps in moving past emotions or personal problems.” – Jake Scarpino of The Winter Brave The Winter Brave is an alternative rock duo based in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. The world sat up and took notice in 2013 when Dave Grohl of the… Read more »

The Writer’s Toolbox – Through a Glass

I recently attended the American Copy Editors Society’s national conference, an intense three days of sessions on topics ranging from headline writing to fiction editing to checklists to the history of English spelling to culturally sensitive language. I came away enthusiastic, energized, and ready to take on the world of words, one dictionary entry at… Read more »

Tutor Time

I have noticed lately that lots of students are commenting on assignment turnaround times. According to the Athabasca University Student Standards tutors should have assignments returned in 7-8 business days. How long it actually takes can vary, depending on the course and the tutor. My first course was incredibly fast, I submitted an assignment before… Read more »

Losing the Long Weekend

Are you enjoying your long weekend so far? Me? Not so much. Long weekends, for me, are a thing of the past. In the transition from employed to self-employed, I seem to have lost the long weekend. When I worked at a regular 40-hour per week job, weekends were part of the framework of life…. Read more »

Maghreb Voices – Palm Fronds and Olive Branches

“How do you defeat terrorism? don’t be terrorized.” – Salman Rushdie We take a taxi to Denden to meet a friend at an outdoor cafĂ© before searching for another taxi to take us to Bardo, the site of the March 18 terrorist attack that resulted in the deaths of 23 people?19 of them tourists from… Read more »

Editorial – The World Beyond Our Media

There was a terrorist attack in Tunisia on March 18th. Did you know about it? I didn’t. However, Wanda Waterman of The Voice Magazine did, and went to attend the anti-terrorism rally that happened eleven days later on March 29th. She brought back to us an article about how a non-western nation is dealing with,… Read more »

Click of the Wrist – The Small Stuff

It’s all about the details, they say. Whether you’re a long-time miniaturist or want to take a walk on the small side, this week’s links explore a few interpretations of a micro-sized world. Elgin Park Artist Michael Paul Smith has turned his model car collection into a fascinating model making hobby, constructing a mid-century American… Read more »

Student Sizzle! – AU Social Media

AUSU Student Forums In the General Student Chat forum, user “Crimson Dawn” inquires about AU sororities and fraternities. In the same forum, user “Jternoway” wonders if there are any nerdfighters on the forum. And user “Chasingstars” seeks input on course EDPY 200. Other topics include odd features of the PSYC 435 textbook, the Kootenays, and… Read more »