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Athabasca University

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The Centre's core faculty consists of 9 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 online journal, The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning (IRRODL).

All Centre for Distance Education programs offer a number of benefits:

  • 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

Athabasca University (AU), Canada's Open University, is the nation's leading distance-education and online university. We are proud to take education to the people, serving more than 37,000 students in 87 countries world-wide.


AU is a publicly funded institution of the Province of Alberta and reports to the government through the Minister of Advanced Education. Through the Post-secondary Learning Act, the government authorizes Athabasca University Governing Council to grant degrees and govern our own affairs. Members of Athabasca University 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.


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Final Master’s Thesis Oral Examination for Colin Madland, Master of Education in Distance Education, Centre for Distance Education

24 April 2014

"Structured Student interactions in Online Distance Learning: Exploring the Study Buddy Activity" to be held on Thursday, April 24th, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. (MST).

AU students or faculty interested in attending the oral examination must register with the Faculty of Graduate Studies at by April 23rd at 4:00 p.m. (MST)

International Research: Grading Soft Skills (GRASS) Project - Dr. Martha Cleveland-Innes

08 Apr 2014

GRASS project as part of her keynote at the Next Generation Learning (NGL) conference: The NGL conference is the major conference...

New book! Teaching in Blended Learning Environments: Creating and Sustaining Communities of Inquiry

11 Mar 2014

Norman D. Vaughan, Martha Cleveland-Innes, and D. Randy Garrison. Teaching in Blended Leaning Environments provides a coherent framework in which to e...

Free new book: Increasing access through mobile learning (2014)

21 Jan 2014

By Mohamed Ally (Editor), Avgoustos Tsinakos (Editor). We live today in a hugely “mobilised” world. Estimates put mobile subscriptions at more tha...

New free book: Global Mobile Learning Implementations and Trends (2013)

21 Jan 2014

By Avgoustos Tsinakos (Editor) and Mohamed Ally (Editor). Global Mobile Learning Implementations and Trends is edited by two internationally recognize...

New book: From margin to mainstream - mobile technologies transforming lives and libraries (2013)

21 Jan 2014

By Mohamed Ally and Gill Needham. An up-to-date showcase of the innovative and inspiring work that libraries are doing across the world to interact wi...

Last updated by MK April 24, 2014

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