Centre for Distance Education

News and Announcements

AU-CDE and Commonwealth of Learning Collaboration Continues

September 20, 2017

Athabasca University is pleased to announce the continuing partnership between the Commonwealth of Learning and the Centre for Distance Education. Successful delivery of the first Technology-Enabled Learning MOOC in early 2017 has led to approvals and planning for the second TELMOOC offering!

The TELMOOC was designed to support educators in their understanding of pedagogical models and development of technology-enabled learning activities. Professor Dr. Martha Cleveland-Innes and Assistant Professor Dr. Nathaniel Ostashewski led the successful creation and delivery of this second Athabasca University MOOC. The TELMOOC design has resulted in the validation of a new AU iMOOC model which meets the high-quality online distance education Athabasca University is known for.

AU’s commitment to removing barriers to learning, in all meanings of the word, and improving quality in education, extends to the pedagogical work created by AU faculty and staff and was therefore a first principle in the design. In keeping with this principle, and those brought forth by COL, TELMOOC is designed to be:

  • learner-centred;
  • highly engaging via a multi-modal,
  • media-rich online environment;
  • directly instructed via video and text-based media;
  • facilitated via weekly opening and closing videos;
  • supported by roving learning-support teaching assistants throughout;
  • freely accessible; and
  • a repository of relevant resources, during and after the course.

Designed for a five-week delivery schedule, the TELMOOC format includes a number of video lectures, synchronous chat, weekly quizzes, and assignments. Through the engagement of facilitators and instructors, participants are offered the opportunity for engaged learning and feedback as they progress through the MOOC.

Two levels of certification were offered in the TELMOOC; 18 participation certificates and 89 completion certificates were awarded, for a total of 107 certificates. Based upon this productive collaboration between the Commonwealth of Learning and Athabasca University, the second delivery of this five-week MOOC is scheduled for November 6, 2017 – December 10, 2017.

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Register for Open Online Course on Successful Online Learning

September 13, 2017

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 overcome such obstacles. Various models of online courses will be explored as well as the concept of a "personal learning space."

Course runs from October 2 to November 5, 2017. For more information or to register, visit http://www.ltlo.ca/

M.Ed. student launches first e-Learning school for fisheries in Greece

 August 8, 2017

While pursuing coursework at the Centre for Distance Education's Master of Education (M.Ed.) program, Anna Krassa was inspired to give back to her community by creating more online learning opportunities for those in need. Encouraged by her instructor, Dr. Aga Palalas, Krassa was able to transform her dream into reality. Today, Krassa is excited to announce the launch of the first e-Learning program for fisheries based in Greece. This program offers both online theoretical training and practicum opportunities at a fishing vessel at the end of the completion of studies.

For more information, please visit http://enaleia.com/

CDE Events

Important Dates

Dec 1 - Last day of fall session courses

Featured Courses

New Courses for Winter 2018

MDDE 660: Communities of Inquiry in Blended and Online Teaching and Learning

Students in this course will develop a knowledge base in social and inquiry-based learning theory, define and debate potential elements of online and blended learning, review technological opportunities and disadvantages, and apply and critique the foundations of online and blended communities of inquiry. MDDE 660 is a three-credit, Master’s level, seminar course. It is delivered in Moodle and is grouped and paced.

Course runs Winter 2018. For more information, view the MDDE 660 Course Description. To register, contact mde@athabascau.ca

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 Winter 2018. For more information, view the MDDE 690 Course Description. To register, contact mde@athabascau.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 30 2017 by CDE