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Academic Development of Women Through Distance Education Torres, Maria


Abstract: Distance education is best suited to support the learning of adult women who need to accommodate concurrently the needs of their families and their academic aspirations. We will give examples on how Distance Education and in particular Athabasca University contribute to the wellbeing of women and their families.

About the speaker: Maria grew up in Mexico City where she studied her Bachelor’s degree in mathematics at the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (1978). She obtained her M Sc. (1979) and Ph D (1985) from McMaster University, in the field or harmonic analysis under the supervision of Dr. James Stewart. Later she became interested in distance education and obtained a MDE (2001) from Athabasca University. Before joining Athabasca University in 2005, she was a professor of mathematics, for 20 years at the University of Regina. Currently, Maria is the treasurer of the Alberta Network for Immigrant Women and president of the Latin American Literary Association of Calgary.

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