Vol. 23 Iss. 18

Volume 23 Issue 18 - 05/01/2015

Meeting the Minds – Dr. George Siemens, Part II

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 second of three parts of that interview. The first part can be… Read more »

Love After Loss

The death of my husband, following a brief fight with cancer, left me totally devastated. The overwhelming grief was extremely difficult to go through, but I knew I had no choice. To cope, I thought it might help if I fulfilled some of the dreams Ed and I had together. We had often discussed taking… Read more »

Primal Numbers – Your Brain on Money

You don’t have to go to an Ivy League school to know that money brings educational advantages. Everything from good nutrition to new textbooks can affect grades. Now, science has shown that being wealthy can affect your brain’s anatomy, with a measurable increase in the size of your cortex. But does that really mean money… Read more »

The Travelling Student – Young at Heart

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 »

The Study Dude – Writing Science, Part III

There is nothing more that The Study Dude wants for you than to live with integrity, concern for other’s well-being, a sense of humble service to humanity?and a publication under your belt. Well, in these articles, as The Study Dude, I’ll try to give you the study tips you need to help make your learning… Read more »

The Writer’s Toolbox – A Recipe for Eggcorns

No, don’t get out your mixing bowls?we’re not making omelettes here. In fact, if you’ve used an eggcorn today, you probably did so without realizing it. This week we’ll look at where these oddly named phenomena come from, and how you can eliminate them in your own writing and speaking. What Came First? Eggcorns are… Read more »

Dear Barb – Secrets and Stereotypes

Dear Barb: Essentially I’m making a comment rather than asking a question. A couple of friends and I rented an apartment in a building near the university and we’re almost finished our first year. The building is half full of students, the rest are older people, families etc. I know everyone thinks students party all… Read more »

Music Review – The Second City

Album: The Second City Artist: Shameem It’s not often that I am instantly a fan of a musician. I typically need a few songs to decide whether or not I like them, and if I decide that I do it is usually because they do something different, use elements that I like, or are inspired… Read more »

In Conversation with Richie Mehta

Richie Mehta is the Canadian director of Amal and Siddharth (recommended here in The Mindful Bard). Recently he took the time to answer Wanda Waterman’s questions about his social conscience, his training, and his formative experiences. What elements in your childhood and early years pointed you toward film? It was a combination of things, really…. Read more »

Maghreb Voices – The Tunisian Cafe, Part I

“I’d much rather hang out in a cafe. That’s where things are really happening.” – Joe Sacco My husband, Ahmed, promises me a special treat: he’s going to take me to his favourite cafĂ©. My vision of an incense-clouded grotto with belly dancers twisting to the dherbouka and mezwed is soon vaporised by the sight… Read more »

From Where I Sit – Baby Steps

Because Hilary was coming to the farm for Easter dinner I knew I could try a more daring menu than what Roy alone would tolerate. I planned the menu and bought the ingredients. When I added an elderly aunt and her bachelor son to the guest list I began to second-guess myself. What if they… Read more »

Years Behind: Lessons Learned

When I made the decision to go back to school the majority of my high-school grad class had already graduated from university. Some had completed their graduate studies, and had moved onto jobs in their respective fields post-graduation. The ones that chose not to pursue education were finding their way up their personal career ladders… Read more »

Editorial – Era’s End

If the latest polls are to be believed, we may be in the last days of the 43 year reign of the Progressive Conservative party in Alberta. On August 30, 1971, the Progressive Conservatives were elected to a majority government in Alberta. I hadn’t even been born. The very first president of Athabasca University, Timothy… Read more »

Opinion: Value of The Voice Magazine

The Voice Magazine provides more value to students than any other single AUSU program or benefit. And, since it continues to provide increasing value to an increasing number of students, AUSU has no reason?no legitimate reason?to silence the magazine. AUSU Council quietly announced?via a meeting notice posted on its website?in early April that they would… Read more »

A Course Made Real – Media Ethics

Well, the last few weeks have been a bit of a roller-coaster for The Voice Magazine. I have to say It’s been a real learning experience. About a month ago I started taking my mandatory ethics class, CMNS 455 Media Ethics. Little did I know The Voice Magazine would provide a real world example of… Read more »

Click of the Wrist – Save It

Distracted by all the great articles, posts, infographics, and fascinating but time-sucking information that pop up every time you get online? If you’re mired down with finals or end-of-term papers but don’t want to lose track of the must-reads, check out these apps for storing, reading, and accessing it all: Pocket Want to save an… Read more »

Student Sizzle! – AU Social Media

AUSU Student Forums In the General Student Chat forum, user “serenebarb” reminds students of the May 1 deadline for AUSU scholarships. AthaU Facebook Group Tracy is looking for input on whether to choose PHIL 252 Critical Thinking or PHIL 231 Introduction to Philosophy. Bob alerts students that IDRL 408 Workplace Injury will be closing soon…. Read more »