Distance Education

News and Announcements

Learning to Learn Online (Express) Course

May 19, 2020

If you are between 14 and 21 years old and facing online learning for the first time, join us in June for Learning to Learn Online Express, a course designed specifically for you by Athabasca University.

This short course focuses on what the experience of online learning is really like, the new kinds of relationships you will have with your teacher and classmates, and how to keep yourself motivated and moving ahead towards your goals as you learn key strategies and secrets for success. Moving your education online can mean adopting a whole new approach to learning, one with more independence but also more responsibilities in deciding when, where, how, and perhaps most importantly, why you're learning online.

Sponsored by Athabasca University, Canada's Open University, LTLO Express is free and registration is open now. For more information, including an overview of what you will learn, and to register, visit us at http://www.ltlo.ca/express


Free Digital Wellness Primer for Educators 

April 29, 2020

Covid19According to Angèle D’Alessio, mental health promoter with the Canadian Mental Health Association, mental health is a significant issue as a result of COVID-19. Educators have experienced the pressures of a rush into emergency remote teaching. As classes and educational activities move online, mental health support for educators is available to reduce the impact of the current coronavirus threat and the additional work and stress.

Athabasca University is pleased to announce a free webinar series entitled Digital Wellness Primer for Educators starting May 1, 2020 from 12:00pm-1:30pm (MST). Hosted by our own Distance Education Professor, Dr. Aga Palalas, and in collaboration with Dr. Anna Lomanowska and Joe Ganci, this webinar will be available May 1st via Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/848593331. We hope you join us!    


Athabasca University COVID-19 Response

March 16, 2020

Athabasca University is aware of the rapidly evolving situation with COVID-19, which the World Health Organization has described as a global pandemic. On March 15, 2020 the Alberta Premier and the Chief Medical Officer of Health announced additional public health measures to limit the spread of COVID-19 and protect Albertans. We will be adhering to those measures and are taking steps to ensure we continue to be equipped to support you in your studies. As a digital university, Athabasca University is fortunate to have the infrastructure in place to help you learn and complete your studies from home. At this time, our university remains open to support our learners and online classes will continue as usual.

If you have an exam scheduled, please contact your supervisor and the Faculty of Graduate Studies to confirm the date of your exam. If necessary, we will do our best to help you reschedule exams at a later date.

If you have been advised to self-isolate, are too sick to study, or if you are caring for someone who is ill and you are unable to study, please contact your program administrator so we can assist you in making alternate arrangements or program extensions. We understand that these circumstances are beyond your control.

If you are feeling overwhelmed or need additional support, please know that help is available. As an AU learner, you have access to wellness support through Homewood Health. We are doing our best to follow government recommendations.

In addition, each of us has an individual responsibility to do our best to keep ourselves, our families, and those around us healthy. Please remember to practice good hygiene, and call your local health authority for advice if you experience symptoms associated with COVID-19. While the Government of Alberta has stated the current risk of contracting COVID-19 in Alberta remains low, we will continue to monitor the advice provided by Alberta Health Services and that of the Public Health Agency of Canada.

DE Events

Important Dates 

November 11, 2020 - Remembrance Day - University Closed

November 27, 2020 - Fall Courses End

December 25, 2020 to January 3, 2021 - Holiday - University Closed

Featured Resources

Moving Education Online (site)

Moving Education Online (www.movingeducationonline.org) is a curated resource hub developed and maintained by Athabasca University Distance Education Program faculty and staff as part of their response to supporting parents and educators during the Covid-19 pandemic. The resources selected for this website provide some of our most recommended support materials as Canadian and global education moves to online and distance delivery. Our interactive resources, where you can engage with several of us online, is delivered in our Free, certificated educator support MOOCs that we have been providing for several years: www.ltlo.ca, www.telmooc.ca, and www.blpmooc.org. We hope that you will share this website with your friends, colleagues, and parents as education moves online.


Learning to Learn Online (course)

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.

For more information or to register, visit http://www.ltlo.ca

Professional Learning for Teachers

Blended and Online Learning and Teaching BOLT

Athabasca University, Canada’s leader in online post-secondary education, through Distance Education 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 November 20 2020 by DE