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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:


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.


CDE Events

Important Dates

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.

Oct. 25-26 - Higher Education Reform in Light of Blended & Online Learning (COHERE 2018 conference)

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 September 20 2018 by CDE