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Welcome (Back) to a New Year of Learning and Teaching 2019-2020

 August 22, 2019

Welcome students, faculty and staff to a new year of learning and teaching in 2019-2020! We look forward to seeing you at our orientations, networking events, conferences, etc. during your online education journey. Please continue to check your email inboxes & the website for program updates, and get in touch with our friendly & responsive staff, instructors and faculty for any questions.

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Have a fruitful start to the 2019-2020 year!


Research Assistant Position for Doctoral Students

June 17, 2019

Doctoral students: Are you looking to build your research and project development skills over the summer? The Heutagogical Bridge: Linking Blended and Online Design to Technology-Enabled Lifelong Learning project is a collaboration between scholars at Athabasca University, the University of Calgary and the University of Sherbrooke. The start date for this project is July 1, 2019, and the team will collaborate in a virtual meeting space. This research appointment will span from July 2019 to March 2020, and will consist of 100 part-time hours (flexible weekly schedule).

This study will explore the possibility that, under certain pedagogical conditions, blended and online learning will contribute to the competence and confidence required for technology-enabled lifelong learning. We propose that, given the dynamic, globally connected, socially and economically complex society Canada is and will continue to become, technology-enabled lifelong learning will support citizens in becoming innovative and resilient persons. We also believe that pedagogical experiences available in blended and online learning may transfer, with appropriate mentoring and support, to technology-enabled lifelong learning following engagement in structured and supported formal education programs. It is possible that heutagogical practices available in blended and online learning will transfer to and support technology-enabled lifelong learning.

Each Research Assistant (RA) may engage in the following scholarly activities:

  • Meet and work with scholars and other RAs as part of the Bridges Research Group.
  • Engage in content analysis of research articles according to designed criteria leading to a meta-analysis of research articles in the field.
  • Identify, discuss, and document key insights from meta-analysis of research publications.
  • Integrate multiple data sets from various developed matrices.
  • Apply for Research Ethics Approval.
  • Assist in the creation and execution of a Delphi taxonomy of questions for expert review of our insights and premises identified in the literature.
  • Collect and analyze data from Delphi study.
  • Use deliberative dialogue technique to jointly conceptualize significant information and insights.
  • Assist in academic report writing.
  • Participate in conference proposal, presentation, and paper creation.
  • Assist in the dissemination of findings and other research grant proposal, if needed.
  • Identify and document components unique to successful MOOCs as an online delivery form.

The successful candidates will be required to work with a total of 100 hours each with varying intensity from the months of July, 2019 to March, 2020. Please note that the number of hours worked will likely vary from week to week. The hourly rate of pay as set by Athabasca University policy is approximately $23.00 per hour.

Priority will be given to Doctoral level graduate students. The following competencies are desired: 

  • Familiarity or experience with meta-analyses and/or Delphi Model research 
  • Competency with the implementation of qualitative and quantitative research methods 
  • Ability to accurately and succinctly summarize and report back on research activity & results
  • Apply for Research Ethics Approval
  • Ability to coordinate and conduct in-depth interviews 
  • Ability to coordinate and conduct analysis of research data 
  • Organization, project planning skills, preparing documents, and report writing 
  • Ability to work collaboratively with diverse team members
  • Ability to work independently to meet deadlines
Resumes and cover letters will be accepted until June 30, 2019 and may be submitted via email to martic@athabascau.ca. Responses will be sent to acknowledge receipt after this date. Telephone/Skype interviews will be held the first week of July. Contact Dr. M. Cleveland-Innes for more information, by phone at 1-800-788-9041, ext. 6426 or via email to the address noted above.


CDE Events

Important Dates 

November 29, 2019 - Fall Courses End

December 25, 2019 to January 1, 2020 - Winter Holiday (University closed)

January 13, 2020 - Winter Courses Begin

January 31, 2020 - EdD Program Application Deadline

February 15, 2020 - MEd and Graduate Programs Application Deadline

February 17, 2020 - Family Day (University closed)

March 1, 2020 - EdD Program Payment Deadline

April 10, 2020 - Winter Courses End

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 November 19 2019 by CDE