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Athabasca University

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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 more than 37,000 students in 87 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.



New to CDE
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.

BOLT Module Descriptions
BOLT Calendar of Module Offerings

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News and Events

Dissertation Final Oral Exam for Angela Batsford-Mermans
Doctor of Education

Wednesday, November 4, 2015 at 11:00 am (MST)

Those interested in attending the oral examination can contact the Faculty of Graduate Studies at for further information.

AU MEd in Distance Education in Greece Receives Accreditation from NARIC

The Centre for Distance Education (CDE) has received full accreditation approval from NARIC for the MEd Master of Education in Distance Education (MEd) program in Greece. NARIC is the National Academic Recognition Information Centre and is the National Agency for the recognition and comparison of international qualifications and skills.

Since the MEd is now fully accredited and equal to all other Master’s Degrees issued by Greek universities, it provides a competitive edge for the CDE in both Greek and European markets. It is also the only English language Master’s Degree offered fully at a distance in Greece.  Due to the high profile of AU, graduates from this program can gain public and private employment, in addition to receiving promotions anywhere in Europe without having to obtain further accreditation for their degree.

Over the last few weeks, the first two students from this accredited MEd degree have graduated!  Big congratulations go out to Thalia Vasiliadou and Natalia Antonopoulou on this great accomplishment.

For more information Master of Education in Distance Education, in Greece please visit Eastern Macedonia and Thrace Institute of Technology.

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Last updated by MM November 03, 2015

AU, CANADA'S OPEN UNIVERSITY, is an internationally recognized leader in online and distance learning.