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Don't Miss Out: Applications Open for CDE and Graduate Student Awards

July 24, 2018

Athabasca University is pleased to offer numerous awards and financial support for CDE students and graduate students. As many awards go unclaimed each year, CDE students are strongly encouraged to apply for the following eligible awards:


Please visit the Student Awards page for more details about applications and deadlines for these awards.


Burlington man with MS overcomes barriers to obtain Master's Degree

July 20, 2018

Sixty-six year old Paul Benson from Burlington has graduated with a master's degree in education from Athabasca University. Despite years of suffering from multiple sclerosis, Benson continued studying for his degree in his room within the Intensive Care Unit at the Joseph Brant Hospital, where he utilized assistive technologies to help him communicate and use a computer. To learn more about this incredible story, visit the Burlington Post.

This story was first reported by Tim Whitnell on July 2, 2018 (Burlington Post)


Join the Conference on Higher Education Reform (COHERE) 2018 in Light of Blended & Online Learning

June 14, 2018

On October 25-26, 2018, join us in the beautiful city of Quebec (Université Laval) to learn more about higher education reform in light of blended and online learning. The Higher Education Reform (HER) movement is driven by economic, social, and political imperatives. It raises issues of quality, accountability, accessibility, affordability, relevance as well as privacy and security issues. Blended and Online Learning Technologies (BOLT) are positioned both to disrupt and enhance education. The 2018 conference will explore the intersection of these two movements. 

For more information, visit cohere.ca.


Report available on the Design, Development and Delivery of Technology-Enabled Learning MOOC 

May 15, 2018

The Introduction to TEL-MOOC was offered for the second time from November 6 to December 10, 2017. A collaboration between the Centre for Distance Education at Athabasca University, Alberta, Canada, and the Commonwealth of Learning based out of British Columbia, Canada, this five-week MOOC is intended to engage teachers who work in any level of education, are from all over the globe, and are interested in technology-enabled learning and open education resources. 

The final report is now available here.


CDE students take home top prizes at Athabasca University's 3-Minute Thesis Competition

March 26, 2018

Congratulations to CDE students who took home the top three winning prizes at Athabasca University's internal 3 Minute Thesis (3MT) competition held on March 21, 2018. First place winner Kim Jones (EdD program) was awarded a $1000 prize, and will go on to compete in the Western Regional Competition taking place at the University of Regina on April 27th. Shamini Ramanujan (EdD Program) won 2nd place ($500 prize), and Rita Prokopetz (EdD Program) took home 3rd place ($250 prize). Well done!


Last Chance to Apply for the Northern Lights Award (Greek students)

March 2, 2018

Are you interested in enrolling in our Master of Education in Distance Education Program? The Northern Lights Award for AU M.Ed. Distance Education Students (Greek cohort) is an entrance award for students who are currently residents of Greece.

The $1000 award will be selected based on the answers to the following questions: How you will use your new knowledge to improve the Greek education system, if given the opportunity? Describe how improving education will improve the Greek economic system? Answers will be evaluated for clarity, creative ideas and a logical argument about education and the economy.

The new deadline for the Northern Lights Award is June 15, 2018. For more information, or to apply, visit the Masters Level Student Awards page.


CDE Events

Important Dates

July to August Apply for CDE Graduate Student Awards

Oct. 25-26 - Higher Education Reform in Light of Blended & Online Learning (COHERE 2018 conference)

Featured Courses

Featured Courses for Fall 2018

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 Fall 2018. For more information, view the MDDE 690 Course Description. To register, contact mde@athabascau.ca


Popular MOOC: Learning to Learn Online returns Fall 2018

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.

Next course runs Sept. 24- Oct. 28, 2018. Registration will open on Canvas as of June 25th. 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 July 24 2018 by CDE