Distance Education

News and Announcements


MDDE 691: Learning to learn online: From novice to expert online learning (New Course Offering)

Otober 7, 2021

decorativeThis independent study course allows you to co-create a course that focuses on the above topic. A particular emphasis will be placed on online student support for at-risk students. Learning activities will be negotiated and assignments will be arranged collaboratively ahead of time, and could include redacted interview transcripts, essays, or annotated bibliographies. Course learning objectives will be created with the instructor, but may include objectives such as the following:

  • Identify in the published literature the institutional supports most critical to online higher education students.
  • Document through experiences, interviews, and literature the recognition of virtual students in need of support.
  • Create an annotated bibliography of published research and practice literature about online higher education students at risk and possible institutional remedies.

For more information, visit: https://cde.athabascau.ca/courses/winter.php


MDDE 690: Post-Covid K-12 Online and Blended Teaching and Learning (New Course Offering)

June 24, 2021

post-covid educationWe are now accepting registrations for a new course offering of MDDE 690 that will be of particular interest to K-12 teachers, administrators, and instructional designers. Participants will co-create their individual learning objectives, activities, and assignments with the instructor, Dr. Susan Bainbridge. They will also have the opportunity for valuable collaborative sessions that will assist them in critical reflection that will support assignment completion. There will be two assignments. Suggested assignments are a short paper due Week 4 worth 20% and a final assignment due Week 13 worth 60%, which may take various forms after discussion with the instructor. Participation will be valued at 20%. This course will be a collaborative effort of participants and the instructor to delve into the past year in K-12 education and assess the challenges, the successes, and the failures, to see if we can learn from these and prepare for K-12 education as we move forward. The format of the course will include synchronous sessions every two weeks and ongoing asynchronous discussions. For more information, visit: https://cde.athabascau.ca/courses/fall.php


Dr. Avgoustos Tsinakos Received the 2020 Outstanding Distinction Award

 November 14, 2020

Congratulations_awardCongratulations to Dr. Avgoustos Tsinakos for receiving the Athabasca University Graduate Students' Association 2020 Outstanding Distinction Award. This award honours Athabasca University faculty for their excellent leadership, support, and teaching. Dr. Tsinakos is paying it forward by donating to a non-profit charity in the Athabasca community.

DE Events

Important Dates 

July 1, 2021 - Canada Day - University Closed

July 23, 2021 - MDDE Spring Courses End

August 2, 2021 - Civic Holiday & Heritage Day - University Closed

August 31, 2021 - EdD Program Payment Deadline

September 6, 2021 - Labour Day - University Closed

September 7, 2021 -  Fall Courses Begin

Featured Resources

Moving Education Online (MOOC)

Moving Education Online (www.movingeducationonline.org) is a curated resource hub developed and maintained by Athabasca University Distance Education Program faculty and staff as part of their response to supporting parents and educators during the Covid-19 pandemic. The resources selected for this website provide some of our most recommended support materials as Canadian and global education moves to online and distance delivery. Our interactive resources, where you can engage with several of us online, is delivered in our Free, certificated educator support MOOCs that we have been providing for several years: www.ltlo.ca, www.telmooc.ca, and www.blpmooc.org. We hope that you will share this website with your friends, colleagues, and parents as education moves online.


Learning to Learn Online (MOOC)

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.

For more information or to register, visit http://www.ltlo.ca

Professional Learning for Teachers

Blended and Online Learning and Teaching BOLT

Athabasca University, Canada’s leader in online post-secondary education, through Distance Education 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 October 19 2021 by DE