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KIP & CAF Projects

Community Adjustment Fund (CAF) Projects

More than 90 jobs were created by AU’s Community Adjustment Fund (CAF) projects. These projects have supported online learning at AU by digitizing several types of content, and they successfully concluded on March 31, 2011.

Audio file: Introduction and Background

The results of AU’s CAF projects are as follows:

  • Course Materials Digitization: Over 500 of AU’s 730 courses were converted to a consistent XML format that will help to streamline course development and delivery. This significantly surpasses the original project goal of converting 450 courses.
    Audio file: Course Materials Digization
  • Copyright Materials Digitization: Over 430,000 pages of copyright documents related to course materials were digitized so they can be accessed through a database. This is well beyond the original project goal of digitizing 200,000 pages.
    Audio file: Copyright Digization
  • Showcase Courses: A total of 25 subprojects developed interactive, multimedia learning resources—for example, learning trees and multiple choice exercises incorporating audio and animations—for 17 of AU's highest-registration online courses. (For the full story on Showcase Courses, see Going Beyond Text: CAF Project Produces a Variety of Learning Enhancements.)
    Audio file: Showcase Courses
  • Academic Centre Web Content Conversion: The web content for nine academic centres was revamped and relaunched in AU’s new web template. This work involved over 2,700 webpages and about 40 websites counting the sites within the sites.
  • Calendar Web Content Conversion: The undergraduate and graduate calendars—about 500 webpages in total—were converted to AU’s new web template.
  • Syllabi Web Content Conversion: About 700 online syllabi were converted to XML files that plug into AU’s new web template.
    Audio file: Calendar, Syllabi and Centre Website Digitization
  • Over 90 CAF jobs: More than 90 positions (the equivalent of almost 80 full-time positions) were created by CAF, and over the course of the program, 123 people filled CAF positions in Athabasca, Grande Prairie, St. Paul and Edmonton.

The CAF program has given a boost to rural areas in Alberta affected by the economic downturn, and CAF staff have acquired new skills and experience that are aiding them in their transition to other employment opportunities.
 
A total of $6.4 million was made available for CAF projects at AU through the Government of Canada’s Community Adjustment Fund (part of Canada’s Economic Action Plan), the Government of Alberta’s Access to the Future Fund, and other sources. Local partners in AU's CAF program include schools, school boards and a college that provided work space for CAF staff.

Want more information? See AU Celebrates the Completion of CAF and KIP Projects