Vol. 23 Iss. 20

Volume 23 Issue 20 - 05/15/2015

Meeting the Minds – Dr. George Siemens, Conclusion

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 this is conclusion to the three part interview. In case you missed them, you can read… Read more »

The Writer’s Toolbox – The Ears Have It

You’ve been through that essay?or novel’so many times that your eyes start to glaze over in the first paragraph. Now It’s time for the final read-through, and You’re sure there are typos you’ll catch?or you would catch, if you weren’t so burned out. So where can you turn if you can’t trust your own eyes?… Read more »

The Travelling Student – Kookaburra

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 – Rhetorical Devices, Part II

There is nothing more that The Study Dude wants for you than to write the speech that elevates the world into a new thought paradigm. 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 »

Primal Numbers – Here Comes the Sun

Maybe it’s just that we endure long months of winter, or maybe it’s that we have cloudy coasts. But the potential of solar power doesn’t seem to have taken off. The argument has been that it’s hard to convert to solar when the sun won’t come out to play. But now that’s all about to… Read more »

From Where I Sit – Hasn’t Stuck

Sometimes when we push the limits, circumstances snap us back. Sometimes when we think we’re invincible, we get flattened. Sometimes when we misalign our priorities, we’re forced to regroup. Those setbacks can be anything from job loss to personal disappointments to health problems. They all serve to put us back on our heels and screw… Read more »

Dear Barb – Taking a Gamble

Dear Barb: I will be graduating college shortly with an engineering degree and I have already received a job offer, which I accepted. The problem is that I have received a second job offer and the pay is better than the job I already accepted. I am not sure what to do. The job that… Read more »

Music Review – Oakville Ontology

Album: Oakville Ontology Artist: Patrick Ames One of the reasons that I love music so much is that, as an art, it forces us to constantly think differently about the world around us. It is through music that we can achieve the most heavenly harmonies and diabolical drumbeats. It is also a medium through which… Read more »

In Conversation with Moondog Matinee

Moondog Matinee is a Reno-based band that distills the history of whatever is most rousing in rock, country, blues, and soul. (Watch their dance-happy performance of “Wild Way” here and listen to “Ghost Dime” here.) Moondog Matinee was selected as a Red Bull Sound Select artist and voted Best Band in Northern Nevada by the… Read more »

The Mindful Bard – Selma

Film: Selma Director: Ava DuVernay “Perhaps all the dragons in our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us act, just once, with beauty and courage. Perhaps everything that frightens us is, in its deepest essence, something helpless that wants our love.” – Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet If you’ve… Read more »

The Fit Student

Student fitness requires learning at optimal physical and mental performance. Studying requires enormous energy?energy that we can’t afford to deplete by spending time on distractions. Our bodies burn so much energy throughout the day that any redirection of that vitality on something irrelevant or superfluous exhausts our supply. With studying, every ounce of energy we… Read more »

Tune Off to Tune In

I have a strange relationship with the radio. At home, I seldom listen to the radio. I turn it on briefly to listen to the news or a specific program, then turn it back off. I don’t use the radio for background noise; I find it rather irritating. In the car, things are different. The… Read more »

Writing versus Typing

I have seen mentioned a few times on Athabasca University social pages questions about preference to writing longhand versus typing. Typically I think the preference lies in generation: what did you grow up doing? More recently, the question came up regarding paper and online exams. There seems to be some consensus for math exams to… Read more »

It’s All About the Benjamins – Redux

The Voice Magazine has received documentation indicating that AUSU Council did some unusual things with the Executive and Staff wages in November and December. A source has contacted me, concerned about what AUSU has been doing with these wages, and provided me with the financial packages for October 2014 ? January 2015 which were presented… Read more »

Editorial – Risky Business

Have you heard of Sayre’s Law? It’s basically stated as “In any dispute, the intensity of feeling is inversely proportional to the value of the issues at stake. That’s why academic politics are so bitter.” Part of the reason for a student newspaper (or magazine, in this case) is to report on those politics. Ideally… Read more »

Council Connection

May 13’s AUSU council meeting turned into an unexpected marathon session, clocking in at just under two hours. When the meeting wound up at 7:27 pm it was too late to attend the AU Library’s free orientation webinar, which finished at 7 pm. The slowness of the meeting was partly due to the cancellation of… Read more »

Student Sizzle! – AU Social Media

AUSU Student Forums In the General Student Chat forum, user “highwood” seeks advice on whether to re-take a class in order to improve a grade. AthaU Facebook Group JoĆ© wonders how long it takes for a course grade to be posted after the final exam is written. Michelle seeks guidance in formatting a list within… Read more »

AUSU Update

This space is provided free to AUSU: The Voice does not create or edit this content. Contact ausu@ausu.org with questions or comments about this page. IMPORTANT DATES – May 27: AUSU Annual General Meeting – June 10: Deadline to register for courses starting July 1 – June 10: AUSU Council Meeting – June 11 ?… Read more »