Centre for Distance Education

News and Announcements

Register for Open Online Course on Successful Online Learning

September 13, 2017

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 overcome such obstacles. Various models of online courses will be explored as well as the concept of a "personal learning space."

Course runs from October 2 to November 5, 2017. For more information or to register, visit http://www.ltlo.ca/

M.Ed. student launches first e-Learning school for fisheries in Greece

 August 8, 2017

While pursuing coursework at the Centre for Distance Education's Master of Education (M.Ed.) program, Anna Krassa was inspired to give back to her community by creating more online learning opportunities for those in need. Encouraged by her instructor, Dr. Aga Palalas, Krassa was able to transform her dream into reality. Today, Krassa is excited to announce the launch of the first e-Learning program for fisheries based in Greece. This program offers both online theoretical training and practicum opportunities at a fishing vessel at the end of the completion of studies.

For more information, please visit http://enaleia.com/

Dr. Marti Cleveland-Innes nominated for SSHRC Insight Award for Research on Open and Distributed Learning

June 14, 2017

The Centre for Distance Education at Athabasca University is proud to recognize our Chair and professor, Dr. Martha Cleveland-Innes, as a nominee for the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Insight Award. The SSHRC Insight Award acknowledges outstanding researchers and their significant contributions to knowledge mobilization and understanding in the social sciences and humanities.

Dr. Cleveland-Innes is a renowned international scholar in open and distance/distributed learning whose work led to the creation of diverse Communities of Inquiry (CoI) and massive open online courses (MOOCs) for online teachers and learners across the globe. Her research and profound insights into the transitional roles of teachers and learners during institutional/systemic/technological changes has instigated further exploration and a deeper understanding of how higher education is conceived and integrated in open, online learning environments. Furthermore, Dr. Cleveland-Innes’ research delves into the complex relationships and experiences between teachers and learners within online communities— in particular, the impact of cognitive, social, emotional and teaching presence in distributed online environments.

Previously, Dr. Cleveland-Innes has been awarded several SSHRC grants including the SSHRC Insight Grants for Higher Order Learning in Online Communities of Inquiry: Identifying Required Student Adjustment to Cognitive, Social and Teaching Presence (2004-2007), and Faculty Perspectives on Teaching with New Technology (2011-2015). Her ongoing work has significant impact on research involving open/distance learning and education innovation.

Warmest congratulations and best of luck to Marti!


CDE Events

Important Dates

Oct 15 - Application deadline for MEd, diploma and certificate programs with registrations starting in January 2018

Dec 1 - Last day of fall session courses

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 690 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 MDDE690 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 September 15 2017 by CDE