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Emerging Technologies in Distance Education

Veletsianos, George (Hrsg.) | Athabasca University Press | Issues in Distance Education


A one-stop knowledge resource, Emerging Technologies in Distance Education showcases the international work of research scholars and innovative distance education practitioners who use emerging interactive technologies for teaching and learning at a distance.This widely anticipated book harnesses the dispersed knowledge of international experts who highlight pedagogical, organizational, cultural, social, and economic factors that influence the adoption and integration of emerging technologies in distance education.

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George Veletsianos is a professor in the School of Education and Technology at Royal Roads University and holds a Canada Research Chair in Innovative Learning and Technology. His research is dedicated to understanding the practices and experiences of learners, educators, and scholars in emerging online settings. His presentations, publications, and most recent thoughts on education can be found at www.veletsianos.com.

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From Turtle Island to Gaza

Athabasca University Press | Mingling Voices


With a sure voice, Groulx, an Anishnaabe writer, artistically weaves together the experiences of Indigenous peoples in settler Canada with those of the people of Palestine, revealing a shared understanding of colonial pasts and presents.

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“David Groulx is an important poetic voice. Intellectually and emotionally generous, his poetry both gives and demands presence, and a willingness to acknowledge reality and engage at a deeper level.”

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David Groulx was raised in the mining community of Elliot Lake. He is proud of his Aboriginal roots—Ojibwe Indian and French Canadian. His poetry has appeared in over 160 publications in 16 countries.

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Amma's Daughters

Athabasca University Press | Our Lives: Diary, Memoir, and Letters


As a precocious young girl, Surekha knew very little about the details of her mother Amma’s unusual past and that of Babu, her mysterious and sometimes absent father. The tense, uncertain family life created by her parents’ distant and fractious marriage and their separate ambitions informs her every action and emotion. Then one evening, in a moment of uncharacteristic transparency and vulnerability, Amma tells Surekha and her older sister Didi of the family tragedy that changed the course of her life. Finally, her daughters begin to understand the source of their mother’s deep commitment to the Indian nationalist movement and her seemingly unending willingness to sacrifice in the name of that pursuit.

In this re-memory based on the published and unpublished work of Amma and Surekha, Meenal Shrivastava, Surekha’s daughter, uncovers the history of the female foot soldiers of Gandhi’s national movement in the early twentieth century. As Meenal weaves these written accounts together with archival research and family history, she gives voice and honour to the hundreds of thousands of largely forgotten or unacknowledged women who, threatened with imprisonment for treason and sedition, relentlessly and selflessly gave toward the revolution.

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"A well-crafted memoir from the period that reinforces the reader’s understanding of women’s individual and collective importance in the struggle for independence. Within a culture that was undergoing huge cultural and political shifts, many courageous women invested so much for the principles of an independent India, yet they remained constrained and discriminated against because of traditional gendered attitudes. Within those restrictions, Amma constantly had to stand her ground. Fortunately, she had the stamina, stubbornness and fearlessness to do so."

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"A great example of relational storytelling. . . . A memoir that is both engagingly imaginative and archival."

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"Gandhi's dream of developing non-violent, tolerant, self-reliant communities fell far short of expectations; however, India still holds its share of dreamers, like Amma, who remain faithful to that aspiration."

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Meenal Shrivastava is professor of political economy and global studies at Athabasca University.

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Unforgetting Private Charles Smith

Athabasca University Press


Private Charles Smith had been dead for close to a century when Jonathan Hart discovered the soldier’s small diary in the Baldwin Collection at the Toronto Public Library. The diary’s first entry was marked 28 June 1915. After some research, Hart discovered that Charles Smith was an Anglo-Canadian, born in Kent, and that this diary was almost all that remained of this forgotten man, who like so many soldiers from ordinary families had lost his life in the First World War. In reading the diary, Hart discovered a voice full of life, and the presence of a rhythm, a cadence that urged him to bring forth the poetry in Smith’s words. Unforgetting Private Charles Smith is the poetic setting of the words in Smith’s diary, work undertaken by Hart with the intention of remembering Smith’s life rather than commemorating his death.

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Jonathan Locke Hart is a Canadian poet and professor at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. His recent work in comparative literature includes The Poetics of Otherness, a study of the literature of war.

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The Law is (Not) for Kids

Athabasca University Press


In this practical guide to the law for young people of Canada, Ned Lecic and Marvin Zuker provide an all-encompassing manual meant to empower and educate children and youth and those that serve them. The authors address questions about how rights and laws affect the lives of young people at home, at school, at work, and in their relationships as they draw attention to the many ways in which a person’s life can intersect with the law. Deliberately refraining from taking a moral approach, the authors instead advocate for the rights of children and provide examples of how young people can get their legal rights enforced. In addition to being critical information for youth about citizenship, The Law is (Not) for Kids is a valuable resource for teachers, counsellors, lawyers, and all those who support youth in their encounters with the law.

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"There is a gap in information about these topics for youth, rather than for adults about youth. [...] This book should be made widely available and incorporated into school curriculum."

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"A very important, useful, and welcome addition to a sparse literature targeting young people."

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Ned Lecic is a tutor, writer, copy editor, and translator

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Marvin Zuker, co-author of The Law is Not for Women (1976) with June Callwood, was appointed a Judge of the Ontario Court of Justice in 1978. Zuker, known for his seminal verdict in a sexual assault case where he found the defendant guilty, is associate professor at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto.

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