Athabasca University Press (AU Press) is the centre of scholarly publishing expertise for Athabasca University, Canada’s Open University. It is the first scholarly press to be established by a Canadian university in the twenty-first century. AU Press is dedicated to the dissemination of knowledge and research through open access digital journals and monographs, as well as through new electronic media. AU Press will offer its imprint only to scholarship of the highest quality, as determined through peer review.
Engagement and Authenticity
Conrad and Openo insist that moving to new learning environments, specifically those online and at a distance, afford opportunities for educators to adopt only the best practices of traditional face-to-face assessment while exploring evaluation tools made available by a digital learning environment in the hopes of arriving at methods that capture the widest set of learner skills and attributes.
From Deep Freeze to Détente, 1945-1970
During the Cold War, at a time when trade unions were a substantial force in both American and European politics, the fiercely anti-communist American Federation of Labour–Congress of Industrial Organizations, set a strong example for labour organizations overseas. Carew presents a lively and clear account of what has largely been an unknown dimension of the Cold War, mapping the international programs of the AFL–CIO and its relations with labour organizations abroad.
A Critical Anthology on Canadian Sport Literature
Over the last decade, a proliferation of sport literature courses across the continent is evidence of the sophisticated and evolving body of work developing in this area. Writing the Body in Motion offers introductory essays on the most commonly taught Canadian sport literature texts.
Canadian Adaptations of Frankenstein and the Discourse of Technology
Technology, a word that emerged historically first to denote the study of any art or technique, has come, in modernity, to describe advanced machines, industrial systems, and media. McCutcheon argues that it is Mary Shelley’s 1818 novel Frankenstein that effectively reinvented the meaning of the word for modern English.
Reconceiving Community in a Neoliberal Era
If local governments accept a social agenda as part of their responsibilities, the contributors to Small Cities, Big Issues believe that small cities can succeed in reconceiving community based on the ideals of acceptance, accommodation, and inclusion.
Program Design, Implementation, and Evaluation
Kumar and Dawson's program design is grounded in the theoretical and research foundations of online, adult, and doctoral education, curriculum design and community-building, implementation and evaluation. The authors, who draw on their experience of implementing a similar program at the University of Florida, not only share data collected from students and faculty members but also reflect on lessons learned working on the program in diverse educational contexts. An important guide for program leaders who wish to develop and sustain an online professional doctorate, An Online Doctorate for Researching Professionals will also be a valuable resource for higher education professionals seeking to include e-learning components in existing on-campus doctoral programs.
Discovering Musical Patterns by Interpreting Artifical Neural Networks
Intended to introduce readers to the use of artificial neural networks in the study of music, this volume contains numerous case studies and research findings that address problems related to identifying scales, keys, classifying musical chords, and learning jazz chord progressions. A detailed analysis of networks is provided for each case study which together demonstrate that focusing on the internal structure of trained networks could yield important contributions to the field of music cognition.
These essays Jennifer Brown’s investigations into the surprising range of interactions among Indigenous people and newcomers as they met or observed one another from a distance, and as they competed, compromised, and rejected or adapted to change.
My Decade at Old Sun, My Lifetime of Hell is a simple and outspoken account of the sexual and psychological abuse that Arthur Bear Chief suffered during his time at Old Sun Residential school in Gleichen on the Siksika Nation.
Indigenous Women’s Understanding of Place
An interdisciplinary volume that explores Indigenous women’s environmental knowledge and how that knowledge is often marginalized by ethnocentric research paradigms and legal processes that focus on male economic interactions with the environment.
Research and Applications
In this authoritative collection, a team of international experts outline the emerging trends and developments in the use of 3D virtual worlds for teaching and learning.
Identity, Agency, and Political Engagement
The totalizing scope of the combined effects of computerization and the worldwide network are the subject of the essays in The Digital Nexus, a volume that responds to McLuhan’s request for a “special study” of the tsunami-like transformation of the communication landscape.
This is a much needed critical assessment of the political peculiarities of Alberta and the impact the government’s relationship to the oil industry has on the lives of the province’s most vulnerable citizens.
Identity in Iranian Film and Literature
In Familiar and Foreign, Mannani and Thompson set out to explore the tensions surrounding the ongoing formulation of Iranian identity by bringing together essays on poetry, novels, memoir, and films.
A Memoir from the Heart of Haiti
A poor man’s first-hand account of the punishing realities of daily life in Haiti from the final years of the Duvalier dictatorship to the year following the 2010 earthquake.
Memories of a Mother and Son
The previously unpublished memoirs of mother and son from a prominent missionary family living near Norway House in the early 1900s.
A Critical Study
As the first literary critical study of Vincent van Gogh’s letters, The Letters of Vincent van Gogh presents the painter’s letters as purposeful imaginative creations that chart van Gogh’s evolving conception of himself as an artist.
Surveillance in Canada
This highly readable book tells Canadians what they ought to know to better understand the ways in which surveillance is expanding – mostly unchecked – into every facet of their lives, and what they can do about it.
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