Research Centre

Athabasca University was North America’s first online university. It was a risk-taker, boldly creating opportunities for education and research that no other university dared to try. The University’s Imagine: Transforming Lives, Transforming Communities Strategic Plan and the Strategic Research Plan craft a vision for our future research endeavors. The two Plans provide direction for the integration of research and teaching across the academy and for training the next generation of researchers. The Research Centre is guided by five strategic research goals:

  • Beyond open: Reputation for open scholarship, data, and scholarly achievements
  • Beyond open: Researchers, including learners, impact their community through research
  • Beyond place: Reputation for balanced disciplinary and interdisciplinary research that optimizes social, economic, and environmental impact on communities
  • Beyond the norm: Reputation for scholarly activity, dissemination, and impact reflecting our comprehensive research university status
  • Beyond the now: Adaptable and innovative research areas of excellence that optimize social, economic and environmental impact.

The Research Centre is the hub of all research activity at Athabasca University (AU). The centre serves as a resource and provides support for basic and applied research within the university.

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What we do

We work with researchers throughout their research project lifecycle, from proposal development to finishing a project.

Lifecycle

To facilitate and promote AU research activities, we provide assistance with:

  • publicizing prospective funding sources
  • the development of academic-industry partnerships
  • the preparation and submission of research grant applications
  • the management of grant/award funding
    • financial monitoring and accounting
    • recruitment and hiring of research-related personnel
    • set up and execution of contracts
    • submission of required financial reports to research sponsors
  • the processing of ethics review for research involving humans and animals
  • the planning and hosting of research-related events

We also provide administrative support to various committees charged with the adjudication of applications for internal research funding.

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Featured Researcher

Dr. Faria Sana, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, has been awarded funds from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Insight Development Grants Program for the project entitled, Examining the Specificity of the Pretesting Effect.

The pretesting effect focuses on the notion that pretesting is more beneficial to learning than not pretesting. By taking a pretest, you're more likely to remember the concepts at a later time.

For the next two years, Dr. Sana aims to look at when pretesting is effective, why it's effective, and for whom is it effective with the ultimate goal to see how it promotes broader learning benefits and the extent to which these gains are observed in real-world classrooms.

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Research Highlights

Research Centre Orientation

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Updated November 05 2020 by Research