Athabasca University (AU), Canada’s first and foremost online university, is enhancing its digital learning technology to build the learning environment of the future, providing learners with an engaging and immersive experience unlike any other in Canada.
AU has partnered with industry-leading experts D2L and Ellucian to innovate and improve the learner experience, in an approach that is a first among post-secondary institutions in Canada. Once complete, AU’s integrated learning environment will be one of the most sophisticated in the post-secondary online space. It will bring together all aspects of online learning as a seamless whole, including the management of learning, data records, academic and financial services, credentialing, and learner support.
AU will use D2L’s Brightspace platform and leading-edge technology to create the most interactive course content for learners, provide individualized learning pathways, give learners personalized feedback and engage them in their learning through gamification, social tools, and video.
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The Ellucian features will further add to the experience by giving AU learners enhanced access to grades, course registration, financial aid, and account management. AU will be able to deliver a more efficient and personalized experience for learners from the application process through graduation.
To provide a seamless service to learners across a lifetime of learning, AU’s integrated learning environment will be hosted in the AU Cloud. Earlier this year, AU was the first post-secondary institution in Canada to move its digital operations infrastructure into its own secure cloud environment. Technology will continue to be an important factor in removing barriers to access learning opportunities and driving innovation in the post-secondary sector.