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Flexible learning at AU a ‘game changer’ for world traveller

By: Oihane Amurrio, MAIS student

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I’m Oihane Amurrio (she/her), a visual artist and educator, and I’m thrilled to share with you my journey at Athabasca University.

I’m an active member of Tazebaez, a cooperative that’s on a mission to foster social entrepreneurship through educational programs. My primary role is to design, curate, and lead educational initiatives focusing on cooperative cultural entrepreneurship.

While my roots trace back to the Basque Country, I’ve embarked on an incredible adventure in recent years, living in Edinburgh (United Kingdom), Berlin (Germany), and Seoul (South Korea). These diverse experiences have enriched my perspective and allowed me to soak up the global tapestry of art, culture, and education.

Flexible learning drew me to Athabasca University

Now, let me take you into the academic realm. At Athabasca University, I’ve been pursuing my Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (MAIS). I’ve already successfully completed three courses, and the program has perfectly aligned with my dynamic lifestyle.

AU’s flexibility is a true game changer. Imagine being able to study from anywhere in the world, regardless of time zone. The methodology, built around readings, assignments, and engaging discussion forums, offers a great level of convenience.

“Athabasca University's flexibility is a true game changer. Imagine being able to study from anywhere in the world, regardless of time zone. ”

– Oihane Amurrio, Master of Arts – Interdisciplinary Studies student

Help overcoming language barriers

Since English is not my first language, at first, I had a little concern that a master’s program would overwhelm me. However, the support of the teachers has made me gain confidence in myself, feel empowered, and complete the tasks without any problem.

In my case, the unpredictability of my work, which often involves jet-setting to various corners of the world, makes this program very appropriate. It empowers me to integrate my master’s studies with the demands of my personal and professional life.

Don’t get me wrong; online learning at AU demands discipline and commitment, but the rewards far outweigh the effort.

Quality curriculum in MAIS program

I would highlight the quality and depth of the MAIS curriculum. The program places a strong emphasis on cultivating critical, creative, and systemic thinking, all in the context of addressing the pressing social challenges of our time. This is not just an academic pursuit; it’s a mission to make a positive impact on the world.

Looking forward, my aspirations are set on conquering more courses and eventually embarking on a PhD journey in the realm of cultural studies. The dynamic interplay between culture, art, and education has always been my passion, and I’m eager to delve deeper into this field.

Transforming Lives: Learners of AU

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Oihane Amurrio is an artist and educator currently enrolled in AU’s Master of Arts – Interdisciplinary Studies program. She has specialized in the design and implementation of academic programs in the area of cooperative entrepreneurship in the arts. She lives in Bilbao, Basque Country.

  • November 16, 2023
Guest Blog from:
Oihane Amurrio, MAIS student