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Athabasca University


Program Directors

  • Mohamed Ally - Doctor of Education in Distance Education
  • Martha Cleveland-Innes - Master of Education in Distance Education, Post-Baccalaureate Certificate and Diploma programs

Core Faculty


Mohamed Ally

Phone: 1-866-916-8650
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  • Mobile Learning
  • Instructional design
  • Computer based training
  • Distance education
  • Multi-media in distance education and individualized instruction
  • Support systems for distance education
  • Organizational planning and development
  • Adult education
  • Program competency profile development
  • Occupational analysis development
Constance Blomgren
Associate Professor

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  • Visual culture/visual studies
  • Technology and educational media as pedagogical practice
  • Gender and education
  • Western and non-western epistemologies and vision
  • Life writing traditional, visual, emerging
  • Writing as a tool of professional growth and personal self-reflection
Martha Cleveland-Innes

Phone: 1-800-788-9041 ext. 6426
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  • Social factors in distance education
  • Learner-centered curriculum design and delivery
  • Instructional design for graduate research methods
  • Leadership in distance education
Debra Hoven

Phone: 1-866-441-5517
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  • Innovative approaches to teaching and learning
  • Emerging pedagogies in intercultural contexts
  • Learning-centred instructional design
  • Sociocultural/Social constructivist perspectives on learning theory
  • Multimedia/multimodal technology
  • Designing for online doctoral persistence and success
  • Indigeneous educational leadership
  • Land-based and blended educational programs
  • Digital storytelling and story-based research methodologies
  • EPortfolio pedagogy for lifelong and life-wide learning
Cindy Ives

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  • Instructional and Learning Design
  • Design Based Research
  • Educational Development
  • Academic Integrity
  • Organizational Change and Leadership in Higher Education
  • Mentorship and Co-mentorship in Graduate Supervision
  • Learning Analytics


Rory McGreal
Professor and Director TEKRI

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  • Open Educational Resources
  • Open Learning
  • Mobile Learning
  • Distance Education Administration
  • Instructional design
  • Distance education
  • Hearables
Nathaniel Ostashewski
Associate Professor

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  • Online and blended learning design
  • MOOC design
  • Online teaching at scale
  • Learning and teaching analytics
  • Open Educational Resources (OERs)
  • Social media in education
  • Media, tools, and educational implementations (3D printing, iPads, digital storytelling)
  • Technology-enabled learning and pedagogy
  • Online professional development
Agnieszka Palalas
Associate Professor

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  • Innovative technologies to digital learning
  • Disruptive human-centered digital pedagogies
  • Mobile learning
  • Computer-assisted language learning
  • Mobile-assisted language learning
  • Mindfulness in teaching and learning
  • Contemplative pedagogy in digital learning
  • Blended learning
  • Human-centered instructional design
  • Ecological Constructivism as learning theory
  • Design-based research

Adnan Qayyum
Associate Professor

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  • Innovation in open and digital education
  • Learning systems
  • Educational policy
  • Lifelong learning and non-formal education
  • Online education and the workforce
  • Comparative and international education
  • Research design
  • Data science
Pamela WalshPamela Walsh
Associate Professor

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  • Leadership in higher education
  • Organizational planning, development and change in higher education
  • ePortfolio integration in higher education
  • Globalization and the internationalization of education
  • Open educational practices in distance education
Levina YuenLevina Yuen
Assistant Professor

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  • Professional development in educational technologies; 
  • Virtual learning environments and game-based learning;
  • Pedagogy and ethics of artificial intelligence;
  • Psychology and impact of technology-enabled learning;
  • Digital media and hybrid technologies;
  • Data literacy and computational thinking; and
  • Digital assessments in education

Adjunct Professors

Professors Emeriti

  • Dominique Abrioux - Former AU President
  • Terry Anderson - Former Editor of IRRODL and Professor, Centre for Distance Education (Retired 2016)
  • Jon Baggaley - Former Professor, Centre for Distance Education
  • Patrick Fahy - Former Professor, Centre for Distance Education (Retired 2017)
  • Tom Jones - Former Associate Professor, Centre for Distance Education (Retired 2017)
  • Robert Spencer - Former Chair/Director, Centre for Distance Education
  • Susan Moisey - Former MEd Program Director, Centre for Distance Education (Retired 2018)

Updated June 29 2021 by DE

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