Centre for Distance Education

News and Announcements

Report available on the Design, Development and Delivery of Technology-Enabled Learning MOOC 

May 15, 2018

The Introduction to TEL-MOOC was offered for the second time from November 6 to December 10, 2017. A collaboration between the Centre for Distance Education at Athabasca University, Alberta, Canada, and the Commonwealth of Learning based out of British Columbia, Canada, this five-week MOOC is intended to engage teachers who work in any level of education, are from all over the globe, and are interested in technology-enabled learning and open education resources. 

The final report is now available here.


CDE students take home top prizes at Athabasca University's 3-Minute Thesis Competition

March 26, 2018

Congratulations to CDE students who took home the top three winning prizes at Athabasca University's internal 3 Minute Thesis (3MT) competition held on March 21, 2018. First place winner Kim Jones (EdD program) was awarded a $1000 prize, and will go on to compete in the Western Regional Competition taking place at the University of Regina on April 27th. Shamini Ramanujan (EdD Program) won 2nd place ($500 prize), and Rita Prokopetz (EdD Program) took home 3rd place ($250 prize). Well done!


Last Chance to Apply for the Northern Lights Award (Greek students)

March 2, 2018

Are you interested in enrolling in our Master of Education in Distance Education Program? The Northern Lights Award for AU M.Ed. Distance Education Students (Greek cohort) is an entrance award for students who are currently residents of Greece.

The $1000 award will be selected based on the answers to the following questions: How you will use your new knowledge to improve the Greek education system, if given the opportunity? Describe how improving education will improve the Greek economic system? Answers will be evaluated for clarity, creative ideas and a logical argument about education and the economy.

The new deadline for the Northern Lights Award is June 15, 2018. For more information, or to apply, visit the Masters Level Student Awards page.


CDE hosts OpenCon 2018 K-12 Athabasca: A virtual, free K-12 Open Educational Resources Conference for Teachers

February 7, 2018

On January 25, 2018, the Centre for Distance Education hosted a virtual Open Conference promoting the development and integration of open educational resources (OER) in K-12 learning environments. As a satellite offering of OpenCon 2017, and centered around the theme, Building the K-12 OER Teacher Network, OpenCon 2018 K-12 Athabasca was a resounding success with insightful discussions from educators in Alberta and around the world. Conference presentations covered a wide range of topics including understanding the Commons & copyright law, open pedagogy, sharing and curating OER resources, as well as panel discussions about OER knowledge and curriculum creation. Many thanks to Athabasca University, Dr. Connie Blomgren, Dan Wilton, Serena Henderson, Connie Levina Yuen, presenters, panel members and attendees.

To access the K-12 Open Conference recordings and materials, visit http://bolt.athabascau.ca/index.php/k-12-open-conference-2018/. To become part of the OER K-12 teacher network, register at http://bolt.athabascau.ca/index.php/oer-teacher-network/join/

CDE Events

Important Dates

Jun. 15 - Northern Lights Award (new deadline)

Featured Courses

New Courses for Winter 2018

MDDE 660: Communities of Inquiry in Blended and Online Teaching and Learning

Students in this course will develop a knowledge base in social and inquiry-based learning theory, define and debate potential elements of online and blended learning, review technological opportunities and disadvantages, and apply and critique the foundations of online and blended communities of inquiry. MDDE 660 is a three-credit, Master’s level, seminar course. It is delivered in Moodle and is grouped and paced.

Course runs Winter 2018. For more information, view the MDDE 660 Course Description. To register, contact mde@athabascau.ca

MDDE 690: Investigating MOOCs: Purpose, Process, and Pedagogy

This is an independent study opportunity for M.Ed. program and non-program students to participate in and research the AU-CDE MOOC Learning to Learn Online. Students in this version of MDDE 690 will create, in consultation with the instructors, a 3-credit course with learning objectives based on the topic of MOOCs. You will have the opportunity to identify your own topics, activities, and assignments that will result in knowledge development about MOOCs and their purpose, process, and pedagogy. Timelines for completion of assignments are negotiable.

Course runs Winter 2018. For more information, view the MDDE 690 Course Description. To register, contact mde@athabascau.ca

Teacher Professional Learning

Blended and Online Learning and Teaching BOLT

Athabasca University, Canada’s leader in online post-secondary education, through the Centre for Distance Education (CDE) and the Alberta Distance Learning Centre (ADLC), the premier distance learning partner for primary and secondary education in Alberta, are excited to present an innovative module offering for the professional development of practicing teachers.

Nine - four week modules are the equivalent to the study of three graduate courses, and each of the nine modules is tailored to allow completion within a four week period. BOLT participants gain professional knowledge, building on and extending the art and craft of teaching in the digital world.

Updated May 16 2018 by CDE