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Athabasca River Basin Research Institute (ARBRI)

The newly created Athabasca River Basin Research Institute is an innovative interdisciplinary research centre that studies the Athabasca River Basin and its people from a broad range of perspectives. The basin is ecologically significant and rich in natural resources, including some of the world’s largest oil sands deposits. It also represents a tapestry of diverse cultures and has considerable historical importance. Industrial development and climate change are affecting both the environmental and human elements of the basin. Through research and knowledge transfer, the institute will help to identify gaps in knowledge, highlight research opportunities and enhance understanding of key issues. The institute’s activities will inform academics, community members and decision-makers alike and support the development of sound policies that will benefit all who have a stake in the basin. For more information, visit:

The Bibliography of the Athabasca River Basin (BARB)

The digital online Bibliography of the Athabasca River Basin will greatly enhance research opportunities and access for Athabasca University and Athabasca River Basin stakeholders by removing barriers and making scientific research on the Athabasca River Basin openly accessible.

The bibliography has been established to identify, collect, preserve and market available records of the Athabasca River Basin of enduring value to researchers, industry, government, scholars, writers, historians, and journalists and for posterity.

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The Technology Enhanced Research Institute (TEKRI)

Creating, gathering and transmitting knowledge is the role of a university as it fulfils its moral obligation to nurture the extended communities in which our learners live and work. In this respect, TEKRI research is closely aligned with the goals of Athabasca University. TEKRI researchers are Athabasca faculty with established international reputations in the development and application of technology. TEKRI provides a forum for strategic research collaborations.

TEKRI research is focused on seven key areas:

  1. Open Education
  2. Social Computing
  3. Mobile and Ubiquitous Computing
  4. Semantic Technologies
  5. Adaptivity and Personalization
  6. Design Based Research
  7. Learning Analytics & Knowledge

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Updated June 18 2014 by Student and Academic Services

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