Vol. 27 Iss. 10

Volume 27, Issue 10 - 03/08/2019

The Reputation of Online—Athabasca University

On a regular basis, I receive messages from people asking me for my opinions of Athabasca University and questioning its overall credibility.  I try to always reply in a reassuring manner and try to make the university sound great, though that is not always easy.  People tend to just believe what they want to believe… Read more »

Editorial—Accidental Thinking

Yes. It’s late. I know.  On Monday, my partner and I were in a traffic accident.  We weren’t at fault.  The elderly driver of the other vehicle flew through a stop sign and with no warning and slightly slippery roads, I couldn’t stop us before we T-boned into them.  Now, before you worry, physically, the… Read more »

The Porkpie Hat—On Making a Living

“The men at the factory are old and cunning You don’t owe nothing, so boy get runnin’ It’s the best years of your life they want to steal” – The Clash, ‘Clampdown’ I consider myself to have been fortunate enough to come of age in the late 1970s, early 1980s, a sort of chronological intertidal… Read more »

Fly on the Wall—Springing into Potential Growth

Let there be light, spring seems to say! More light, spring light, the light of the dawning of the furtherance of our higher education!  Okay, ahem, please excuse this lofty language but doesn’t the oncoming reality of spring make any potential seem more plausible?  This time of year, the subliminal becomes liminal in the light… Read more »

The Not-So Starving Student—How to Hide Ingredients in Your Food

Hiding ingredients are a means for many parents to sneak nutrients into their children’s meals.  We may be unaware of the additional zucchini that was added to our carrot muffins or the bananas that were slipped into our afternoon smoothie.  Now, speaking as an adult, I never fully appreciated what the ingenuity that came up… Read more »

The Study Dude—Waste Time the Smart Way

What time wasters haunt you? I waste an hour every morning reading health articles.  But I convince myself that, when I turn 70, I’ll write the MCAT and enter an undergraduate program in medical science education.  I could become a doctor by the time I turn 80.  So, for the past two days, I’ve poured… Read more »

Course Exam—EDUC 210

EDUC 210 (The Canadian Training System) is a three-credit, junior-level introduction to the Canadian labour-market training system.  Labour-market training comprises policies, programs, and activities intended to result in an adequate number of appropriately trained workers.  In Canada, the labour-market training system has four main components: postsecondary education, government labour-market policy, employer workplace training, and community… Read more »

Dear Barb—Budgeting

Dear Barb: I am in my first year of university, while also taking a course from AU each semester.  I’m anxious to get through school and begin working on my career.  Being a student, obviously I don’t have a lot of money and I’m having a hard time budgeting.  I get some grant money and… Read more »

Seven Reasons Why AU Students Should Get a Dog

The domestic dog is a member of the genus Canis (canine).  They have been bred through hundreds of years from a type of wolf, extinct today, to become the friendly, loyal companions we now know.  The dog was one of the first species to be domesticated and selectively bred for various behaviors and physical attributes. … Read more »

Ten Bizarre Writing Prompts to Kickstart your Creativity

If you’re a creative writer you’re probably already familiar with “writing prompts,” those little tips designed to boost your literary engines.  Prompts often come in the form of a first line, which is helpful because that’s the hardest to write, but they’re often way too conventional to give your imagination the kind double-take needed to… Read more »

A Dozen Reasons why Traveling is the Best Education

There are several methods to acquiring a post-secondary education throughout a lifetime, in addition to traditional college and university routes.  For one, we are blessed to have the option of online education from Athabasca University and numerous other educational institutions that enable us to read and learn from the comfort of our own homes.  For… Read more »

AU-Thentic Events

Research Webinar Series: Learning Analytics: Exploring the Knowledge Boundary Thurs, Mar 14, 2019, 10:00 to 11:00 am MDT Online Hosted by AU athabascau.adobeconnect.com/lnl/ No pre-registration necessary AUSU Council Meeting Thurs, Mar 14, 6:30 to 8:00 pm MDT Online Hosted by AUSU www.ausu.org/event/march-council-meeting-tentative/ No pre-registration required; e-mail governance@ausu.org  for meeting package Bannock and a Movie “The… Read more »

Student Sizzle—AU Social Media

AthaU Facebook Group Veronica experiences difficulty accessing journal articles through the AU library; troubleshooting tips include clearing cache/cookies or switching browsers.  Alicia wonders if an essay word count limit includes the works cited page; the consensus says no, but always wise to check with the person who will be marking it. Other posts include informal… Read more »

AUSU Update

This space is provided free to AUSU: The Voice does not create or edit this content. Contact services@ausu.org with any questions. IMPORTANT DATES Mar 10: Deadline to register in a course starting Apr 1 Mar 14: AUSU Council Meeting Mar 15: April degree requirements deadline Mar 29: Deadline to apply for course extension for May… Read more »

Scholarship of the Week

Scholarship name:  BeArt-Presets Academic Scholarship Program Sponsored by:  BeArt-Presets Deadline:  April 1, 2019 Potential payout:  $2500 USD Eligibility restriction:  Applicants must be students at the undergraduate, graduate, or senior high school level. What’s required:  An online application form, including a maximum 700-word essay describing how winning this award will help you achieve your education and… Read more »

Vintage Voice

As we mark International Women’s Day March 8, we look back at The Voice‘s coverage of the day in years past. Bread and peace.  Columnist Hazel Anaka looks at the origin and evolution of IWD.  “The UN and others are focused on stopping female genital mutilation, rape as a weapon of war, and the burning… Read more »