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CDE Program Plans for Focus Areas

August 17, 2016

The CDE strives to promote flexibility program delivery as well as program planning. Students are encouraged to tailor their program to fit personal interests and to serve professional goals.

In an effort to assist Master of Education in Distance Education (MEd (DE)) program students, the CDE is offering recommended program plans with a focus on the following areas of interest: Leadership in Education, Instructional Design, Mobile Learning, and K-12 Blended and Online Learning. Students are encouraged to discuss their options with an advisor in the CDE office.

To learn more, please visit CDE Program Planning for Master of Education (MEd (DE)).

Social Presence and Identity in Online Learning for Open University of China

June 22, 2016

On June 14th, 2016, Dr. Marti Cleveland-Innes of the Centre for Distance Education at Athabasca University presented, via AdobeConnect, to instructors studying teaching at the Open University of China. With the assistance of Dr. Xiaoying Feng, who offered translation and discussion support, Dr. Cleveland-Innes provided a detailed review of presence in online environments. Read more >>

AU MEd in Distance Education in Greece Receives Accreditation from NARIC

June 9, 2016

The Centre for Distance Education (CDE) has received full accreditation approval from NARIC (National Academic Recognition Information Centre) for the MEd Master of Education in Distance Education (MEd) program in Greece. Since the MEd is now fully accredited and equal to all other Master’s Degrees issued by Greek universities, it provides a competitive edge for the CDE in both Greek and European markets. It is also the only English language Master’s Degree offered fully at a distance in Greece.  Due to the high profile of AU, graduates from this program can gain public and private employment, in addition to receiving promotions anywhere in Europe without having to obtain further accreditation. Read more >>

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Our Centre

The Centre's core faculty consists of nine academics and researchers, including a UNESCO/COL Research Chair in Open Educational Resources (OER) and a number of other internationally recognized scholars in the field of distance education. The Centre is also home to the Canadian Institute of Distance Education Research (CIDER), which publishes , The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning (IRRODL) an online journal.

All Centre for Distance Education programs offer:

  • Personal, individualized support
  • Leading-edge technology
  • Constructivist learning approaches
  • Excellence in distance education methods
  • Opportunities for collaborative research, and
  • Opportunities for community-building and networking

The Centre is proud to take education to the people, serving thousands of students in countries world-wide.


AU is a publicly funded institution in the Province of Alberta and reports to the government through the Minister of Advanced Education. Under the authority of the Post-secondary Learning Act, the Athabasca University Governing Council can grant degrees and govern our own affairs. Members of Governing Council are appointed under Orders in Council of the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta.

Athabasca University is the first Canadian university to be awarded accreditation by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE). More details about accreditation in the U.S.A. are available.

More information about Accreditation may be found on the main AU website.

AU MOOC: Learning to Learn Online

Learn how online education differs from traditional classrooms while you explore and develop your own personal strategies for online learning success. You will be guided 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".

To enrol now, click here.


CDE Events

Indigeneous Albertans Awards

Funded by the Government of Alberta and administered by Athabasca University, the 2016-17 Indigenous Careers Award and Indigenous Graduate Award are intended to encourage a larger proportion of indigenous Albertans (First Nations, Métis, and Inuit) to pursue and complete full-time undergraduate or graduate studies in Alberta. 

Eligible MEd and EdD students are encouraged to apply. More information at


Final Dissertation Oral Exam for Giovanni Farias (EdD) (Candidate) in Doctor of Education in Distance Education Program

June 27, 2016 at 7:00pm (MST)

Title of Thesis: Large-scale Deployment of Tablet Computers in Brazil: An implementation model for school districts

Supervisor: Dr. Mohamed Ally


Featured Courses

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.

BOLT Module Descriptions
BOLT Calendar of Module Offerings

Inclusive Leadership in Education Course

MDDE 631: Inclusive Leadership and Practice in Education



Last updated by CY August 19, 2016

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