Vol. 23 Iss. 30

Volume 23 Issue 30 - 07/24/2015

Meeting the Minds – Dr. Kinshuk, Part II

The Associate Dean of AU’s Faculty of Science, Dr. Kinshuk, currently holds an NSERC/iCORE/Xerox/Markin Industrial Research Chair for Adaptivity and Personalization in Informatics, and has more than 300 research publications in referreed journals. With all this going on, The Voice Magazine is very happy that he was able to take the time to be interviewed… Read more »

The Study Dude – Thinking Skills, Part III

How to Write Like a Top Student There is nothing more that The Study Dude wants for you than to know how to begin making models for the endless theories you one day contrive. Well, in these articles, as The Study Dude, I’ll try to give you the study tips you need to help make… Read more »

The Travelling Student – Parked by the Cops

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 »

Primal Numbers – Passable Looks?

On the work front it’s known as the “halo effect.” The better looking you are, the more likely it is that you’ll get the job, get the raise, get the perks. But what about in school? Do good looks correspond to good grades? Not as much as you might think?but that doesn’t mean teachers and… Read more »

Maghreb Voices – Atini! Atini!

“Of all the trade’s that’s going, sure begging is the best For when a man is tired, he can sit down and rest He can beg for his dinner, he has nothing else to do Only cut around the corner with his old rig-a-doo.” – Irish folk song “The Little Beggarman” Every country has them…. Read more »

Music Review – Ain’t So Young

Album: Ain’t So Young Band: Glamour Assassins Adding fresh energy to the punk/rock genre can be difficult. Most of the time the music sounds like a rehash of The Clash or other 80s punk bands and doesn’t bring anything new to listen to. Yet in the realm of indie pop there is a band?a band… Read more »

From Where I Sit – How Hard Can it Be?

The festival I coordinate (Babas and Borshch Ukrainian Festival) is about a month away. This will be the third year and considerably easier on my nerves. When I recall the number of nights in 2013 that I laid staring at the ceiling, and the clock, I know many things have gotten easier. On those nights… Read more »

Dear Barb – Life After Death

Dear Barb: I was married previously but my husband of ten years passed away after a brief illness. We had a great marriage and loved each other very much. He believed women should be spoiled and treated special. The problem is that my present husband (of three years) does not share this philosophy and so… Read more »

The Mindful Bard – Red Knot

Film: Red Knot Director: Scott Cohen “But once the realization is accepted that even between the closest people infinite distances exist, a marvelous living, side-by-side, can grow up for them if they succeed in loving the expanse between them, which gives them the possibility of always seeing each other as a whole and before an… Read more »


One of the hardest things that I have found I have had to deal with as a distance-learning student is the feeling of isolation. When you attend a traditional university you are surrounded by your peers?like-minded people taking the same courses you are. I live in a small community and, while I am able to… Read more »

Policing the Grade

We have the second part of our interview with Dr. Kinshuk this week, where he explains his views on technology and evaluation in the context of learning. One line that really stood out to me is that evaluation should not be policing. That struck a chord with me because, if you think about how education… Read more »

Click of the Wrist – The Art of Summer

Feeling suddenly artistic? If the warm weather’s making you want to create, take inspiration from this summer-themed art: Sanded Summer art instantly brings sand sculptures to mind, and though there are thousands of sand sculptors and competitions across the globe, It’s hard to get tired of the amazing creations made from just water and sand…. Read more »

Student Sizzle! – AU Social Media

Students are chilling for summer while AUSU gears up for a by-election. AUSU Student Forums No new discussion threads this week, but AUSU added a new forum, By-Election 2015, in preparation for this summer’s AUSU By-Election. Continuing topics include AUSU’s election, the future of the AUSU Forums, AU’s credentials, and course POLI 277. AthaU Facebook… Read more »