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Dr. Dominique Abrioux: CV

Dr. Dominique Abrioux: CV

Dr. Dominique Abrioux

President Emeritus Professor Emeritus Centre for Distance Education, Athabasca University

SURNAME: Abrioux
CHRISTIAN NAMES: Dominique Andrew Marie Xavier
LANGUAGES: English and French
CURRENT POSITIONS: President Emeritus Professor Emeritus


2008 Professor Emeritus, Athabasca University
2008 University Canada West Academic Council Public Member
2008 Member of the Administrative Council of the Fondation des francophones de la Colombie-Britannique
2006 Chair, Comité de recherches et d’innovation, Conseil Scolaire Francophone de la Colombie-Britannique
2005 President Emeritus, Athabasca University
2005 Alberta Centennial Medal
2005 Paul Harris Fellow, The Rotary Foundation of RotaryInternational
2005 Lifetime Member of the Canadian Association of Distance Education
2003 Doctor of The University, The Open University, United Kingdom (Honorary Degree)
2003 Vice-President ( North America), International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE)
2002 Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal
2002 Honorary Fellow, Commonwealth of Learning
2002 Honorary Patron, St. Albert Continuous Learning Community Society
2002-2004 Government of Canada Educational Marketing Advisory Board
2002-2005 Commissioner, Council for Higher Education International Commission ( USA)
2000-2005 President, Canadian Virtual University-Université virtuelle canadienne
1999-2002 Director, Global University Alliance
1999-2002 International representative on the Southern Regional Education Board's Distance Learning Policy Laboratory Leadership Group (USA)
1999-2000 Chair, Minister's Working Group on Admission and Transfer Issues
1999 Named one of Alberta's 50 most influential people by Alberta Venture Magazine
1996-1999 Chair, Western Universities Telecourse Consortium
1995-1998 Vice-President (English Canada), Inter-American Distance Education Consortium (CREAD)
1992-1993 Founding member and Chair, Canadian Computer-Assisted Language Learning Share Network
1976-1978 Canada Council Doctoral Fellowship
1975-1976 Province of Alberta Graduate Scholarship
1972-1973 Honours Scholarship


20005-2008 President Emeritus and Professor, Centre for Distance Education, Athabasca University


President, Athabasca University
1993-1994 Visiting Professor, National Institute of Multimedia Education, Japan
1992- Professor, Athabasca University
1989-1991 Acting Vice-President Academic, Athabasca University
1987-1988 Visiting Professor, Université canadienne en France
1981-1990 Dean of Arts & Sciences, Athabasca University
1982-1990 Associate Professor, Athabasca University
1979-1981 Assistant Professor, Athabasca University
1978-1979 Lecturer, Athabasca University
1979 Ph.D. (Comparative Literature) University of Alberta
DISSERTATION: "Marivaux and Fielding: A Comparative Analysis of Their Prose Narratives"
1974 M.A. (Comparative Literature) University of Alberta
THESIS: "The Dramaturgy of Timon of Athens on the English and French Stage"
1973 (May) B.A. Honours (French and German) University of Saskatchewan


1978-2001 Tutor, French language course(s), Athabasca University
1994 & 1992-1993 French Language Course Coordinator: responsible for delivery of 5 distance-delivered French courses
1992-1993 Reading German Course Coordinator: responsible for adaptation and delivery of a computer-assisted German language course
1981-1991 Delivered 1 French course during administrative appointments
1978-1981 Coordinator, French Program: responsible for planning, development and delivery of French language courses and other disciplinary courses with French as the language of instruction
1977-1978 Instructor, 2nd Year French-Canadian Civilization, University of Alberta
1975-1979 Instructor, French Conversation for Adults, Continuing Education
1973-1976 Instructor, 1st Year University French, University of Alberta
1972-1973 Instructor, 1st Year University French, University of Saskatchewan
1972-1973 Assistant Coordinator for Language Laboratories, University of Saskatchewan
1971-1972 Instructor, English as a Second Language, Villingen, Germany
1967-1971 Language Laboratory Assistant, University of Saskatchewan


    • Universities Coordinating Council (1980-1991, 1995-2005)
    • Executive Member, Universities Coordinating Council (1988-1991)
    • Athabasca University Governing Council (1980-1983; 1995-2005)
    • Athabasca University Academic Council (1981-1991; 1992-1993; 1995-2005)
    • Athabasca University Appeal Committee (1979-1980; 1992-1993)
    • Athabasca University Faculty Association Executive (1979-1981)
    • Athabasca University Governing Council Negotiating Team (1988-1991; 1995-2001)


“Sustaining Single Mode Medium-Sized Open and Distance Learning Universities: Lessons from Canada..“ In Lionarakis, Antonis (Ed) Proceedings of the 4th International Conference in Open and Distance Learning: Forms of Democracy in Education , Athens, November 2007.

“Strategic Issues in Single and Dual Mode Distance Education: the organizational blending of two Canadian distance universities with campus-based institutions.” Vancouver: The Commonwealth of Learning. 2006. (

"Athabasca University: An Evolution of an Existing Institution." In The Virtual University: Models and Messages. Ed. Susan D'Antoni. Unesco Publishing. International Institute for Educational Planning. 2003. 1-36. (

" Athabasca University: Change Management In A Non-Traditional University Setting". In Leadership for 21st Century Learning: Global Perspectives from Educational Innovators. Eds. Colin Latchem and Donald E. Hanna. London: Kogan Page, 2001. 159-165.

"Guest Editorial" International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 1 (Number 2), January 2001.

"Instructional Systems Design and Faculty Development: Towards a Methodology." In Planning for Staff and Faculty Development. Chiba ( Japan): National Institute of Multimedia Education, 1994. 7-47.

"The University of the Air ( Japan) as Seen by a Canadian Distance Educator". Mombu Ibo, 11 (1993) 34-37 (Japanese text).

"Distance Education at Athabasca University, Canada." In Perspectives on Distance Education: Distance Education in Single and Dual Mode Universities. Ed. Ian Mugridge. Vancouver: The Commonwealth of Learning, 1992. 3-17.

"Computer-Assisted Language Learning at a Distance: An International Survey." American Journal of Distance Education, 5 (1991) 3-14.

"Computer-Assisted Language Learning and Distance Education." Journal of Distance Education, 4 (1989) 20-35.

"Les Formules d’encadrement." In Le Savoir à domicile: Pédagogie et problématique de la formation à distance. Eds. France Henri and Anthony Kaye. Québec: Presses de l’Université du Québec, 1985. 179-204.

"Distance Education and Bilingual University Education," Contact, 3 (1984) 15-20.

"L’Utilisation des médias dans l’enseignement à distance des langues." Canadian Journal of University Continuing Education, 8 (1982) 48-50.

"La Radio à l’aide de la formation à distance." In Formation à distance: perspective et prospectives. Ministère de l’Education du Québec, 1982. 57-63.

" Teaching University French from a Distance: the Student Population Examined." In Learning At A Distance: A World Perspective. Eds. John S. Daniel et al. Edmonton: Athabasca University Press & ICCE. 1982. 232-235.

"Language Learning at a Distance: International Comparisons." Teaching At A Distance, (1982) 52-56. (co-authored).

"Studying French at a Distance: A Captive Canadian Audience." ICCE Newsletter, 10, 12-13.


    1. Beginner’s French. Edmonton: Athabasca University Press, 1978. A Study Guide to accompany French 103.
    2. First Year University French. Edmonton: Athabasca University Press, 1979. A Study Guide to accompany French 242.
    3. Second Year University French. Edmonton: Athabasca University Press, 1980. A Study Guide to accompany French 361.
    4. Vocabulary Expansion. Edmonton: Athabasca University Press, 1981. A Study Guide to accompany French 375.
    • Developed several modules of CALL courseware (intermediate level) for use by adult learners of French at a distance.


    L’Aide à l’étudiant adulte dans un système multi-média de formation à distance. Roger A. Cornier. Sherbrooke: Editions Newman, 1981. Review appeared in International Council for Distance Education, 1 (1983) 59-60.

    "Revue des revues" Canadian Review of Comparative Literature 6 (1979).

    "Revue des revues" Canadian Review of Comparative Literature 5 (1978).

    "Revue des revues" Canadian Review of Comparative Literature 4 (1977).

    PAPERS PRESENTED (selected)

    "Trends in Canadian Distance Education." Western Cooperative for Educational Telecommunications
    Annual Conference. San Francisco, 2005.

    "Transformational Strategies forFlexible E-Learning Delivery." Keynote Address. Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education Workshop on Flexible Delivery. Edinburgh, 2005.

    Networks for Open Learning in a Globalized World: Canadian Lessons Learned." ICDE - SCOP, Barcelona, October 2003.

    "Organizational Change and the Transformation of Traditional Distance Education for the ELearning Environment." Keynote Address. E-Learning: Transforming Institutions - The Organizational Challenges, Edinburgh, Napier University, 2003.

    "Quality Assurance in a Distance Education Context". Invited Address. Southern Regional Education Board. Florida, September 2002.

    "On-Line Learning Issues", Invited Panelist, CMEC-OECD Seminar on Future Challenges in Education and ICT: Policy, Planning and Practice. Montreal, April 2002.

    "Higher Education in North America," Invited Panelist, National University Continuing Education Association, Toronto, April 2001.

    "E-Learning and Distance Education: The Present and The Future", Invited Address, Virtual
    Education 2001, Madrid, June 2001.

    "Trends in Canadian Distance Education: An Institutional Perspective", ICDE World Conference, Düsseldorf, March 2001.

    "The Future of On-line Education: Myths and Realities", Invited Address, Emerging Technologies 2001, Sudbury, February 2001.

    "Management Issues in On-line Asynchronous Distance Education", Invited Address, National Institute for Multimedia Education, Japan, January 2001.

    "Collaboration and Competition as Distance Education goes Global", Keynote Address, National University Telecommunications Network Annual Conference, Toronto, June 2000.

    "The Business of E-Learning", World Education Market, Vancouver, May 2000.

    " Canada's Open University’s Approach to Human Resources Training and On-line Learning" International Personnel Management Association, Plenary Presentation, March 2000.

    "Les TIC et l’enseignement à distance sans frontiers: outils de perfectionnement et de croissance". Conférencier invité par ‘l Ambassade du Canada en France. Nice, Novembre 1999.

    "Delivering Courses Via the Internet: Resource and Management Implications." ICDE-SCOP. 99, Hong Kong, October 1999.

    "Competition and Inter-Institutional Collaboration in North American Distance Education", ICDE World Conference, Vienna, August 1999.

    "Flexibility in Learning Platforms and Distance Education" Keynote Address, Florida Gulf Coast Distance Education Conference, Fort Meyer, December 1998.

    "Transformation and Dedicated Distance Education Institutions: the Case of Athabasca University." UK Joint Information Systems Committee Conference, Stoke-on-Trent, April 1998.

    "Introducing Change into a Non-traditional Teaching Environment." Keynote address. Alberta Association of Continuing Education, Kananaskas, Alberta. April 1997.

    "Distance Education and Internationalization: Collaboration or Competition?" Open Learning Institute of Hong Kong, Hong Kong. October 1996.

    "The Blending of Distance- and Classroom-Based Education: Lessons from and for Distance Education." Association of Commonwealth Universities, Malta. March 1996.

    "Instructional Systems Design in Distance Education: A Case Study." Guest Presentation at the National Institute of Multimedia Education ( Japan) and the University of the Air ( Japan). November 1993.

    "L’Enseignement à distance en français: un partenariat primordial." Annual meeting of the Réseau d’enseignement français à distance (REFAD), Windsor. August 1991.

    "Is French Immersion For Your Child (and You)?" Athabasca University. November 1990.

    "Distance Education in Canadian Universities: Current Trends." Guest presentation to the International University Consortium Conference, Baltimore. May 1985.

    "Distance Education: Preparing a Better Language Course." Guest presentation at the University of Waterloo Conference on Second Language Teaching, Waterloo. April 1985.

    "Non Traditional Education and Organizational Change." AERA/ASHE Conference on Higher Education, San Francisco. October 1984 (joint presentation).

    "Distance Education and Bilingual University Education." Symposium on the Role of Western Canadian Universities in Bilingual Education, Calgary. May 1984.

    The Role of Interactive Satellite Television in Language Teaching." Pacific North West Conference on Foreign Language Teaching. Edmonton. May 1982.

    " Teaching University French from a Distance: The Student Population Examined." International Council of Correspondence Education, Vancouver. June 1982.

    "La Radio à l’aide de la formation à distance." Association Canadienne d’Education de Langue Français, Winnipeg. August 1980.

    "L’Utilisation des médias dans l’enseignement à distance." Association Canadienne d’Education de Langue Française, Winnipeg. August 1980.

    "The Narrator’s Testimonial Function in Marivaux’s and Fielding’s Novels." Canadian Comparative Literature Association, Learned Societies Meeting, Montreal. May 1980.

    "The Impact of Translations of Marivaux’s Novels on the Development of the English Novel." Canadian Comparative Literature Association, Learned Societies Meeting, Saskatoon. May 1979.

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