Centre for Distance Education

News and Announcements

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.


March 10, 2020

 Marti SwedenDistance Education Professor (Athabasca University) and Visiting Professor of Pedagogy (Mid-Sweden University) Dr. Marti-Cleveland Innes is currently working on the Blended Learning and Development (BLAD) Initiative. This project will research the link between formal, credit-based learning to the needs in society, with particular attention to the development of lifelong learning. For more information about these blended learning projects, contact Dr. Marti Cleveland-Innes.


March 5, 2020

 Spring Courses officially begin April 27, 2020. Browse our list of graduate course offerings for the Spring 2020 term by visiting http://cde.athabascau.ca/courses/spring.php. Make sure you register soon as Early Course Access begins April 20th.



CDE Events

Important Dates 

April 10, 2020 - Winter Courses End

April 10-13, 2020 - Easter Break (University Closed)

April 27, 2020 - Spring Courses Begin

April 30, 2020 - Deadline to Apply for June Convocation

May 18, 2020 - Victoria Day (University Closed)

May 27, 2020 - Early Withdrawal Deadline for Spring Courses

June 15, 2020 - MEd and Graduate Diploma/Certificate Application Deadline for September 2020 intake

September 18, 2020 - Athabasca University Convocation

Featured Courses

MDDE 690: Investigating MOOCs: Purpose, Process, and Pedagogy (Fall 2019)

This is an independent study opportunity for students interested in a supervised study and practice experience of MOOCs (Massive Open, Online Courses), and their design, delivery, and research. The AU-MOOCs Learning to Learn Online (LTLO) or Technology-Enabled Learning (TELMOOC) are the focus of this study experience. See www.ltlo.ca and www.telmooc.org for more information. Students in this version of MDDE 690 will create, in consultation with instructors, a 3-credit course with learning objectives based on the topic of MOOCs. This independent study course experience will commence in September 2019 and includes participation in TEL MOOC, which runs from September 22 – October 26, 2019. Timelines for completion of other assignments are negotiable. The MOOC design for LTLO and TELMOOC is inquiry-based and is called an iMOOC, which involves inquiry-based learning and engagement. 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. 

Instructors: Dr. M. Cleveland-Innes, Dr. Nathaniel Ostashewski and/or Dan Wilton

To Register: Contact Leanne Jewell or call 1-800-788-9041 (ext. 6130)


Popular MOOC: Learning to Learn Online 

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

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 April 01 2020 by CDE