Centre for Distance Education

News and Announcements

Invitation to Symposium on Learning: Emotions, Inclusivity, and Community

November 5, 2018

You're invited to our one-day symposium as Sarah Rose Cavanagh, James Lang, Jeffery Birk, Carl Fulwiler, and Heather Urry present results from a recent study of emotion regulation and mindfulness in the classroom. CDE Faculty Dr. Marti Cleveland-Innes will discuss New Roles for Faculty and Students - Teaching and Learning with Inquiry-Based Communities, In-Person and Online.

Date: Thursday, May 16, 2019
Time: 9:30AM - 3:30PM
Location: Assumption College, Worcester, MA
Details: There is no cost to attending, but registration is required at https://goo.gl/Psg2v6


Canada's Collaboration for Online Higher Education Research (COHERE) 2018 Conference held at Laval University

October 25, 2018

Canada's Collaboration for Online Higher Education Research (COHERE) hosts its 2018 Conference at Laval University (Quebec City) from October 25-26, 2018.  COHERE is a collaboration of universities focusing on the research and practice of blended and onine learning in higher education. Blended learning involves strategically intertwining face-to-face and online experiences intended to cultivate specific learning outcomes.

To access presentation slides from our Faculty representatives, choose one of the following links:

Photo retrieved from https://canelearn.net/cohere-2018-call-for-proposals-deadline-august-17-2018/


AU-CDE and BNU-RCDE Joint Symposium on Innovating Learning with Technology

October 19, 2018

Athabasca University (Centre for Distance Education) and Beijing Normal University (Research Centre for Distance Education) held a successful joint symposium on Innovating Learning with Technology in Beijing, China, from October 19-20, 2018. This year the symposium theme was "Changing the Educational Landscape: Rethinking Online Teaching and Learning".  

 The AU-CDE and BNU-RCDE Symposium brought together faculty, staff, and graduate students from two Centres to collaborate and share research ideas and findings, as well as initiate new collaborations. Discussions focused on (1) Quality assurance in online and distance education, (2) Learning analytics, (3) Teacher professional development, (4) Lifelong learning, (5) Blended and online learning, and (6) Higher education reform.


Canadian Association of Instructional Designers (CAID) Free Workshop

September 18, 2018

Instructional design students and researchers are invited to exchange ideas and meet other instructional designers across Canada at the Canadian Association of Instructional Designer (CAID) workshop held online on October 17th. Several themes will be covered for this workshop (part 1):

Theme 1: Creation and Assessment of a Serious Game for Developing Reading Skills in French-speaking Elementary Students with Symptoms of Dyslexia
(This presentation will be in French. Interpretation service available.)

Presented by: Francois Lewis, Consultant, Doctoral candidate in Cognitive Computing

Theme 2: Practical Digital Transformation - Stories From the Field
(This presentation will be in English.)

Presented by: Dave Cormier, Manager, Windsor Campus, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry

This free workshop will be taking place on October 17th, 2018 at 8:45 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. (Pacific Time) / 10:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Central) / 11:45 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. (Eastern) / 12:45 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. (Atlantic).

For more information about this exciting opportunity, click here.

CDE Events

Important Dates 

Dec. 25, 2018 - Jan. 1, 2019 - Winter Holiday (University Closed)

The University will close at 4:30pm (MST) on Monday, Dec. 24, 2018, and will reopen at 8:30am on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019.

Jan. 14, 2019 - Winter Courses Begin

Jan. 31, 2019 - EdD Program Application Deadline

Feb. 13, 2019 - Early Withdrawal Deadline for Winter Courses

Feb. 18, 2019 - Family Day (University Closed)

Mar. 1 2019 - EdD Program Payment Deadline & Application Deadline for MEd, diploma and certificate programs

Apr. 12, 2019 - Winter Courses End

Apr. 19 - 22, 2019 - Easter Break (University Closed)

Apr. 29, 2019 - Spring Courses Begin

Apr.  30, 2019 - Deadline to Apply for June 2019 Convocation

May. 20, 2019 - All Final Grades Received by Office of Registrar for June Convocation

Featured Courses

Featured Courses for Fall 2018

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


Popular MOOC: Learning to Learn Online returns Fall 2018

Interested in online education and developing your own personal strategies for online learning success? Developed and led by our own faculty, this free massive open online course (MOOC) will guide you through an interactive investigation and self-reflection process to help you determine your learning preferences and create your own personal strategy for successful online learning. We will address common misconceptions, frustrations, and fears about online learning and introduce techniques to help you overcome such obstacles. Various models of online courses will be explored, as well as the concept of a personal learning space.

Next course runs Sept. 24- Oct. 28, 2018. Registration will open on Canvas as of June 25th. For more information or to register, visit http://www.ltlo.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 December 04 2018 by CDE