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Athabasca University

Dr. Nathaniel Ostashewski

Associate Professor



Dr. Nathaniel M. Ostashewski (BSc Alberta, BEd Alberta, MEd Alberta, EdD Athabasca) is an Associate Professor with the Athabasca University Distance Education Program where he teaches graduate courses in distance education, educational technology, and online learning. Working at universities in Australia and Canada, he has been developing and researching MOOC designs since 2009 cMOOC (, iMOOC ( His current research interests include technology-enabled learning and pedagogy, online & blended learning, social media in online education, OERs, and digital media (including iPads and 3D Printers) implementation in education.

In the past Dr. Ostashewski has worked as a K12 teacher, a chief financial officer, an instructional designer, a dance choreographer, and a professional development lecturer. He has been providing teacher professional development (related to technology uses both in the classroom and online) since 1996 for teacher conferences, school divisions, and universities. Nathaniel has been providing instructional designs for online and blended courses in education, culture, business, management, construction, and information technology. Living in Alberta, Canada - he also is keenly interested in a rural lifestyles where he operates a Bison farm with his family.

Technology implementations and designs that focus on exploring “worth it” student engagement and teaching strategies are an element of many of Dr. Ostashewski’s research articles. A Google scholar list of his publications can be found here:

Updated April 12 2019 by DE

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