The AU Learning Conference is Back!

February 23, 2018



Faculty, tutors, academic experts and staff are invited to attend the AU Learning Conference, which will be held on April 27th and 28th, 2018 at the Leduc Executive Royal Inn located east of Highway 2 at the Edmonton International Airport exit.  The Conference was previously an annual event but has not occurred for the past few years.

Registration for the conference is now open. You can register by going directly to the conference website clicking on "Register Now" on the Registration tab or by following this link: Registration is free. On the registration form you will be asked to identify the employee group you belong to (faculty, staff, tutor, academic expert, or marker) and if you wish to take the bus from Bow Valley College in Calgary on Friday the 27th, returning to Bow Valley College on the 28th.

Rooms can be reserved at the Executive Royal Inn by referring to the Athabasca University Conference Block. Room rates are: Classic King: $109. Classic 2 Queen: $104. Hotel rooms should be booked before April 11th. After that time, the rate will be available if the hotel still has rooms available.

The theme for the conference is “Setting the Bar for Excellence in Online Distance Education”. The online learning environment is dynamic and always changing, and Athabasca University wants to set the bar for excellence in online distance education, and to distinguish ourselves from other institutions in the environment. This conference is intended for faculty, tutors, academic experts and staff who are engaged in the scholarship of teaching and learning and who are designing innovative courses and working to break barriers to educational opportunities. Presentations will fall into one of three conference tracks:

  • Track 1: Learning and Teaching for Engagement

  • Track 2: Learning and Teaching for Openness and Diversity

  • Track 3: Services, Systems and Policies for Supporting Learning

We encourage our members to submit proposals for presentations. Further information about the conference presentations can be found in the Call for Submissions and on the conference website. Further details about the conference schedule will be shared once they become available.  Contact Elaine Fabbro or Alain May if there are any questions.

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