News and Announcements
BOLT Multi-Authored Blog | December 6, 2016
Join Blended and Online Learning and Teaching (BOLT) students and other contributors as they explore issues and trends in educational technology and evidence-based teaching practices on the BOLT Multi-Authored Blog. The two most recent posts offer a review of the recent BlendEd Symposium in Edmonton and a summary of essential facts of Open Educational Resources (OER) and Canadian copyright in a guest editorial by Dr. Rory McGreal.
New MOOC helps spread technology-enabled learning globally | November 29, 2016
As technology is rapidly transforming the face of education, inequality of access remains a persistent reality in developing countries. A new Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) offered by the Commonwealth of Learning in partnership with Athabasca University’s Centre for Distance Education seeks to narrow the gap. The Introduction to Technology-Enabled Learning MOOC (TEL-MOOC) will put sustainable tools for digital learning in the hands of teachers worldwide.
CDE presence at BlendEd symposium in Edmonton| November 24, 2016
Four CDE faculty members participated in the BlendEd Symposium on October 23-25, 2016. Dr. George Siemens opened the symposium with a keynote address. Dr. Rory McGreal explored the potentials and challenges facing the dissemination and development of Open Educational Resources (OER). Dr. Avgoustos Tsinakos presented on an experience of teaching mobile app development with minimal effort and resources. Dr. Connie Blomgren shared experiences from the Blended and Online Learning and Teaching (BOLT) initiative. Read more >>
The Centre's core faculty consists of nine academics and researchers, including a UNESCO/COL Research Chair in Open Educational Resources (OER) and a number of other internationally recognized scholars in the field of distance education. The Centre is also home to the Canadian Institute of Distance Education Research (CIDER), which publishes , The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning (IRRODL) an online journal.
All Centre for Distance Education programs offer:
- Personal, individualized support
- Leading-edge technology
- Constructivist learning approaches
- Excellence in distance education methods
- Opportunities for collaborative research, and
- Opportunities for community-building and networking
The Centre is proud to take education to the people, serving thousands of students in countries world-wide.
AU is a publicly funded institution in the Province of Alberta and reports to the government through the Minister of Advanced Education. Under the authority of the Post-secondary Learning Act, the Athabasca University Governing Council can grant degrees and govern our own affairs. Members of Governing Council are appointed under Orders in Council of the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta.
Athabasca University is the first Canadian university to be awarded accreditation by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE). More details about accreditation in the U.S.A. are available.
More information about Accreditation may be found on the main AU website.
Winter 2017 Course Registration deadline: December 16, 2016
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CIDER Session: Wednesday, December 7, 2016, 2-3pm MST
Please join the Canadian Initiative for Distance Education Research (CIDER) for a presentation by Md Aktaruzzaman entitled “A Socio-technological Approach of Addressing Distance Education Issues in Developing and Developed Countries.”
Course runs Jan. 9, 2017 to Feb. 10, 2017
In support of our commitment to openness and accessibility in education, CDE is pleased to announce the Introduction to Technology-Enabled Learning MOOC (massive open online course). This free, open access, and innovative course was developed in collaboration with the Commonwealth of Learning. For five weeks beginning on January 9, teachers from around the world will join CDE faculty members Dr. Martha Cleveland-Innes and Dr. Nathaniel Ostashewski to explore the use of technology in teaching and learning.
The course is designed for teachers who want to build on their knowledge and practice in teaching and learning with technology. It will run over five weeks and requires approximately three to five hours of time each week. Designed to accommodate teachers’ busy schedules,the course offers flexibility with options for learning the content. You will learn from readings, videos, discussions with other participants and instructors, meaningful exercises, quizzes and short assignments. Certification is available for those who wish to complete all required exercises and quizzes.
For more information about this MOOC, visit https://www.telmooc.org/
To enrol in this free MOOC, visit https://www.telmooc.org/user
See more AU Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) here.
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.
Last updated by CY December 06, 2016