Centre for Distance Education
News and Announcements
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.
Don't Miss Out: Applications Open for CDE and Graduate Student Awards
July 24, 2018
Athabasca University is pleased to offer numerous awards and financial support for CDE students and graduate students. As many awards go unclaimed each year, CDE students are strongly encouraged to apply for the following eligible awards:
- Northern Lights Award for AU M.Ed. Distance Education Students (Greek Cohort) ($1000 x 2 awards)
- Wayne Perry M.Ed. (DE) Student Research Award ($1000)
- Wayne Perry Ed.D. Student Research Award ($2000)
- AU Award for Mature Graduate Student ($1500)
- AU Graduate Glass Ceiling Award ($1000 x 2 awards)
- AU Graduate Level Student Bursaries ($1500 x 20 awards)
- AU Career Advancement Award - Graduate ($1250 x 8 awards)
- AU Graduate Student Scholarship ($1500)
- Dominique Abrioux Graduate Scholarships ($2000 x 2 awards)
- Excellence in Research Scholarship ($3000 x 8 awards)
- Northlands Park Endowment Award - Graduate ($500)
- Canon Canada - IKON Office Solutions M.Ed. Scholarship (Course Fee) [nominated]
- Dan Coldeway Memorial Award (Course Fee) - [nominated]
- Tim Bynre Memorial Scholarship ($1000) [nominated]
Please visit the Student Awards page for more details about applications and deadlines for these awards.
Burlington man with MS overcomes barriers to obtain Master's Degree
July 20, 2018
Sixty-six year old Paul Benson from Burlington has graduated with a master's degree in education from Athabasca University. Despite years of suffering from multiple sclerosis, Benson continued studying for his degree in his room within the Intensive Care Unit at the Joseph Brant Hospital, where he utilized assistive technologies to help him communicate and use a computer. To learn more about this incredible story, visit the Burlington Post.
This story was first reported by Tim Whitnell on July 2, 2018 (Burlington Post).
Join the Conference on Higher Education Reform (COHERE) 2018 in Light of Blended & Online Learning
June 14, 2018
On October 25-26, 2018, join us in the beautiful city of Quebec (Université Laval) to learn more about higher education reform in light of blended and online learning. The Higher Education Reform (HER) movement is driven by economic, social, and political imperatives. It raises issues of quality, accountability, accessibility, affordability, relevance as well as privacy and security issues. Blended and Online Learning Technologies (BOLT) are positioned both to disrupt and enhance education. The 2018 conference will explore the intersection of these two movements.
For more information, visit cohere.ca.
Oct. 17 @ 8:45-10:30am (Pacific Time) - Canadian Association of Instructional Designers (CAID) 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 (Presented by Francois Lewis)
Theme 2: Practical Digital Transformation - Stories From the Field (Presented by Dave Cormier)
FREE! For more info, click here.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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 18 2018 by CDE