My time here at Athabasca University has been a dream come true. AU took credits I had gained over the years from other universities and colleges, and transformed them into progress towards a degree. I had given up so many times, but AU’s distance education methods gave me the accommodations I needed to finally succeed. Being able to learn from the comfort of my own home, at my own pace, has been an incredible experience
The Communication Studies courses here at AU seemed like an obvious choice for my interests. I’ve always been interested in communication and media, whether it’s getting a book from my local library, chatting with someone online, or playing a video game. I’m also interested in education, and how certain new communication technologies and mediums could be used to enhance learning environments.
The course content and assignments allow for creative and unique interdisciplinary work, allowing you to take your own personal experiences and expand on them in a safe and supportive research environment. During my time in the Communication Studies courses, I had the opportunity to write about a wide variety of topics: online avatar bodies, feminism in video games, the concept of an online friend, and even the current popularity of zombies in film and how zombies could be representative of the disabled body in society.
It’s no surprise that the tutors are excellent communicators, which is extremely important in an online learning environment. The fact that you can use them as much or as little as you want makes talking with them about any aspect of the course feel relaxed and easy. Personally, I liked to do mini-brainstorms before undertaking research essays: discussing my hypothesis, ways I was going to research, etc. The tutors were more than happy to help me and provided solid feedback to push me in the right direction. Assignment marks and feedback were also extremely helpful. The tone was always positive and I felt like my ideas and research were appreciated.
I plan to continue my learning here at AU and apply to their Master of Education program. Someday, I’d like to work in Adult Education, using what I’ve learned and will continue to learn about communication technologies to create accessible learning environments. I am so thankful for the opportunities I’ve had and continue to have here, and can’t wait to begin the next part of this exciting educational journey.
Updated February 25 2015 by Student & Academic Services