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Athabasca University


We aim to produce and deliver world-leading research and the highest quality online education in the areas of computing and information systems.

We are dedicated to scholarship and committed to building and sustaining a mutually supportive learning community. This is characterized by caring and respectful relationships within the school among all of our staff, all of our students and with external stakeholders.

Our vision

Within 10 years, SCIS will become one of the most significant and acclaimed higher education computing departments in the world, innovating in both research and online learning.

Learning with SCIS will be even more personal, adaptive and flexible. Our courses and programs will better adjust to and cater to a growing number of ever more diverse students from around the globe with ever more diverse needs and backgrounds. We will adapt with an ever-increasing diversity of high-quality, innovative and cutting-edge programs, courses, technologies and pedagogies. Our students will enjoy ever-greater freedom of choice over the place, time, pace, level of engagement and content of their learning. They will continue to be among the most employable and rapidly progressing individuals in the sector. Our teaching will continue to both inform and be informed by partners in industry as well as research.

We will continue to be internationally respected for our research excellence, attracting high quality faculty and research staff who are at the forefront of their fields. SCIS will be academically eminent, globally renowned for its advanced learning, its advanced pedagogies and its advanced learning technologies.

Updated June 10 2014 by FST Technical Staff

AU, CANADA'S OPEN UNIVERSITY, is an internationally recognized leader in online and distance learning.