Pedagogical Day

Dawson College annually hosts Ped Days for Faculty and Staff, providing our teachers with the opportunity to share their teaching expertise, as well as learn from external workshop facilitators. The events feature a keynote address, as well as a rich variety of workshops, presentations and panel discussions built around Dawson community interests and suggestions.

Ped Days 2019-20

Monday, January 13 and Tuesday, January 14 2020

Usha James


Usha James has contributed to The Critical Thinking Consortium where she is Executive Director as a resource writer, speaker and facilitator. She has seen how an understanding of critical thinking can deepen teacher understanding and practice of assessment, instruction, curriculum design, literacy, numeracy and differentiation.

Usha has worked as a secondary teacher, and as an instructor in the Initial Teacher Education Program and Director of the Secondary Program at OISE at the University of Toronto. She has co-authored textbooks, teachers’ resources, course profiles and ministry documents with the aim of providing practical strategies for teachers seeking to refine their practice.

Join in Dawson’s annual Pedagogical Days for an engaging series of speakers and workshops.

Ped Day 2018

Friday, October 12

George Elliot Clarke

Teaching with passion and performance

A revered artist in poetry, song, drama, fiction, screenplay, and essays, George Elliott Clarke is also a pioneering scholar of African-Canadian literature. Dr. Clarke, a professor of English at the University of Toronto, has held the prestigious role of Canada’s Parliamentary Poet Laureate.

Dr. Clarke holds numerous awards and accolades including appointment to the Order of Canada at the rank of Officer, and eight honorary doctorates.

Dr. Clarke is racialized “Black”, and identifies as a proud Afro-Métis Africadian, reflected in his writing on social justice and Canadian identity.

Join in Dawson’s annual Pedagogical Day for an engaging series of speakers and workshops.

Ped Day 2017

Program Schedule 2017


9:00 - 10:00

Randall Bass will discuss how the new learning ecosystem gives us an unprecedented opportunity to design course-based learning environments that address the whole person, bridge liberal and professional education, and can help students to become agents of positive change. The keynote address will begin at 9:00 AM in the Multi-Purpose room (5B.16). A light breakfast is offered from 8:15am in Conrod’s.

Morning Sessions

1 Hour sessions

10:30 - 11:30

Designing Bedrooms for Children with ASD: a framework

Audrey Bigras, Joseph Darrous, Charlotte Leroux, Tess Perron-Laurin (students in Interior Design, Cégep du Vieux Montréal)

CRISPESH obtained a grant in 2016-17 for a project in which we established a framework for helping parents in designing bedroom that consider sensory needs of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Our findings could interest teachers in the field of interior design but also anyone interested in ASD, and their environments.

Sowing the seeds for lifelong learning and sustainability

Alisha Wissanji, Cégep Marie-Victorin, Karina Leonard, David Fielding, Annie Quadros, Dawson Alumnae

This panel presents both local and international initiatives that move from the classroom, to the community, to the world at large, and back again. Panelists will present his/her experiences and work, in a 15 minute presentation. These presentations are unified by their underlying themes of creativity, sustainability, student engagement and lifelong learning. Participants will be presented with concrete examples of how what happens in the classroom can make a difference to the world at large.

An Introduction to using SMART Boards

Tim Miller, Jean François Brière

This hands-on workshop will introduce you to using SMART Boards in the classroom. It is intended as a beginner course - no experience necessary. You will learn how a SMART Board works, how to turn it on and how to do basic trouble-shooting, how to use the pens to annotate Powerpoint presentations, with an introduction to SMART Notebook.

11:45 - 12:45

Vox Method: Voice and Speech for the Classroom

Steven Lecky

A relaxed, group exploration of strategies, techniques and helpful tips to address the vocal and speaking challenges encountered every day in the classroom. This workshop will allow participants to pose relevant questions, dabble in voice and speech exercises and share experiences and solutions.

Revival: The Good, the Bad & the Ugly…from Millennials to GenZ

Karina Leonard, Susie Wileman

This one hour workshop presents information about ‘Generation Z’ adolescents, their brains, and how teachers can proactively manage their unique strengths in the classroom. In a collaborative effort between the Office of Academic Development and the Student AccessAbility Centre, we encourage you to join in the conversation!

Mandarin Chinese

Joy Lin

In this workshop, you will learn the pronunciation, greetings, numbers, and even some basic Chinese characters! Please come  join me for a fun introductory Mandarin Chinese workshop!

How to get your colleagues to discover and use active learning pedagogy in their classrooms? Peer observation initiatives at Dawson and Marianopolis Colleges.

Magdalena Mlek, Andrew Burton, Chao Zhang

"Peer observation of teaching is a great way to improve educational practice: voluntarily observing or being observed by a peer facilitates learning about and/or sharing AL strategies and how to implement them; reflecting on and getting motivated to change one’s own practice; and developing collegial relationships.
Come hear about the peer observation initiatives at two Montreal colleges."

2 Hour Sessions

10:30 - 12:30

Seeds of Diversity: Teaching on Seed Saving and Sustainability

Anna-Liisa Aunio, Cindy Elliott

Learn how to save seeds to grow your gardens and to integrate a sustainable activity to your teaching. Starting with  how and when to save seeds, we'll move on to demonstrating how the Peace and rooftop gardens have been used to enrich active learning opportunities for students in peace, indigenous and sustainability studies. Participants will leave with seeds.

Whole Person learning and high-impact practices in post-secondary teaching

Randy Bass

Following his keynote presentation, Randy will lead a workshop where participants will discuss high impact practices and integrated learning in pedagogical approaches and disciplinary thinking. Integrative thinking and its impact on teaching to the graduate profile outcomes will also be explored. (15 minute delay at start)

Exploring Entropy: An Art and Writing Workshop on Order, Disorder, and Re-ordering

Amanda Beattie, Joel Trudeau and Lisa Steffen

This workshop will stimulate creative thinking and explore this year’s S.P.A.C.E theme: entropy. By working in groups, participants will create objects using 3D printing, as well as construct (and deconstruct) poetry through word games. Through art and words, participants will create, and learn how they can potentially bring S.P.A.C.E. activities into their classrooms.

Cultural Safety & Awareness 201

Vicky Boldo

Part 1 of a 2 part workshop. What are some of the key elements of a great teacher? Do you welcome diversity and difference as an opportunity to learn and broaden yourself both professionally and personally? Do you prioritize respect and dignity as an important framing in the classroom? If these questions pique your interest,  then this workshop is for you! Participants will be given the opportunity to experience Indigenous pedagogy, and participate in an opening and closing ceremony and to share thoughts, and views in the safety of the sharing circle.

Intermediate SMART Notebook skills

Yann Brouillette, Chris Whittaker

This hands-on workshop is intended for those who already know the basics of using SMART Boards and who want to learn how to use SMART Notebook software beyond the basics. Participants will learn how to use SMART Notebook features such as the creation and manipulation of objects, content and pages as well as lesson activities to create powerful and dynamic teaching and learning resources.

SALTISE: Changing pedagogical practice

Elizabeth Charles, John Bentley (Concordia), Jeremie Choquette

This session focuses on new ways of thinking about professional development. It presents a set of innovative tools developed by SALTISE (Supporting Active Learning & Technological Innovation in Studies of Education), which brings authentic activities, developed by college instructors, together with learning principles – i.e., research. These tools will be demonstrated, and SALTISE initiatives, including its annual conference, will be discussed.

Workspace Ergonomics: Work Hard. Work Right.

Mark Mattei

Participants will be introduced to the principles of workspace ergonomics so that they can improve their office set up to either alleviate existing symptoms or prevent the development of symptoms related to poor postural habits when working at their desk. Recommendations/guidelines will be provided.

Building Resistance to Violence

Patricia Romano, Kim Simard

What would an effective violence prevention curriculum look like? You will be introduced to an approach that integrates critical thinking and media literacy, while involving students in resistance projects that use photography, video and web-based media to foster a critical reflection on the cultural changes needed to foster a more peaceful world. Of particular interest for educators interested in designing peace pedagogies, or teaching about deeply rooted social problems without leaving students feeling overwhelmed and disempowered.

The DYNAMIX™ profile: Using psychometric profiles to help students communicate more effectively by increasing self-awareness

David Spinner

Participants will learn about the DYNAMIX™ psychometric profile system and its application in work teams and classrooms. Participants will identify their unique communication preferences and their 4 key indicators of success. Participants will be given the opportunity to complete the 20-minute on-line questionnaire prior to the workshop and will receive their 31-page booklet on ped day.


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Afternoon Sessions

1 Hour sessions

13:45 - 14:45

Program Analytics

Sameer Bhatnagar, Jonathon Sumner

Jonathon and Sameer have developed a general data-mining platform that could serve all program coordinators, department chairs, and college administrators. In collaboration with Dawson, their Program Analytics web app will launch this fall. Please join this hands-on workshop where participants will be able to explore the corner of the college datasphere that corresponds to their own program, discipline or sector.

Speed Date an Online Teaching Tool/Technique

Chantale Giguère, Lysanne Audy, Maria W. Blazkiewicz, Karina Leonard, Reisa Levine, Rafael Scapin, Helen Stavaris

This dynamic workshop will give you the opportunity to circulate among tables to explore different online teaching approaches (tools, techniques, strategies, best practices) and to ask questions to teachers and professionals members of the Dawson E-Learning Community of Practice. The workshop is open to anybody who would like to share and learn about online teaching at Dawson.

Active Learning Café - Best Practices

Chris Whittaker, Jeff Gandell and Catherine Braithwaite

This session will allow participants to explore a handful of student-centred active learning activities and strategies that have been developed and refined by teachers in the active learning community of practice at Dawson. The atmosphere will be relaxed but participants will leave with ideas and resources that they can use in their classrooms to engage students.

Presenting the all.UDL website: a toolkit for instructors

Susie Wileman

Explore and utilise the new UDL website - a sustainable, bilingual, online, user-friendly toolkit, offering support to course instructors in their application of Universal Design for Learning in pedagogy. Learn about the results of a research project across five post-secondary institutions that examined facilitators and stressors experienced by course instructors in the implementation of Universal Design for Learning (UDL).

15:00 - 16:00

Des contenus autochtones en classe de français langue seconde

Francesca Roy

Je vous présenterai les contenus utilisés dans mes cours, principalement au niveau 102 mais aussi à d'autres niveaux, ainsi qu'une proposition thématique pour le cours 103A. Les enseignants seront ensuite invités à partager leurs contenus et références, le cas échéant, et à échanger leurs idées quant aux oeuvres, thématiques et activités pouvant s'insérer dans leurs propres cours.

Cloudifying Moodle & Lea

Rafael Scapin

This hands-on workshop will show you how to use different services in the cloud inside your favorite LMS. We'll focus on Office 365 (the cloud version of Microsoft Office plus other tools and a file repository called OneDrive), Youtube videos, audio/music files, slides and more! Come and learn how to cloudify your courses!

New facilities Development

Ray Bougeois

Dawson is in prcoess of developing new facilities to accommodate our large student population. It impacts on our culture, our pedagogy, our program mix, our services to students, and has a tremendous impact on procedure in the College. This interactive session will share ideas and strategies of this significant moment for our work and our workplace.

2 Hour Sessions

13:45 - 15:45

Sustainability Learning, Relationships and Innovation

Chris Adam & 5-6 facilitators

Join us for this bold visioning session on how Dawson will implement sustainability and well-being for all. Designed as a series of workstations featuring sustainability-related projects, you will learn, share, and help define how your program contributes to sustainability. Design how to use our campus for real-world learning as you engage with Dawson’s Living Campus initiative.

Cultural Safety & Awareness 201

Vicky Boldo

Part 2 of a 2 part workshop. Continue working on teaching values and the development of Indigenous pedagogy for your classsroom.

Antidote 9 English - A great teaching tool! Come meet Antidote’s educator

Roch Ducharme, Dolores Tam (Antidote)

The workshop outlines how easy it is to enhance your students' vocabulary and grammar skills. Prepare your English class with precise bookmarks selected from thousands of entries. Detailed dictionaries and in-depth linguistic guides, as well as the advanced corrector interface, will assist students through the writing process.

git and GitHub in the classroom

Maja Frydrychowicz, Patricia Campbell, Jaya Nilakantan

git and GitHub introduce students to a versatile workflow for collaboration. Although the tools were first designed with software development in mind, today they are being used for many kinds of written work. Our hands-on workshop will demonstrate how to use git to publish course materials, deliver feedback and enable effective teamwork among students.

Making Peer Review Work for You

Louisa Hadley, Conner Morgan

Interested in trying out peer reviews for a writing assignment in your course? Come get practical tips for successful implementation of peer review processes where we will model the method and help you develop procedures tailored to your specific course. Presenters will address theory, ethical concerns, and technology such as Turnitin and Google Docs. Teachers of all disciplines are welcome!

Peaceful Transformations: A Process for Peaceful Resolution

Diana Rice, Ivan Freud, Pamela Mercer-Walsh, Fiona Hanley

Participants in this workshop will have the opportunity to learn from as well as reflect on and evaluate the pedagogical strategies of a conflict resolution process developed by staff and faculty in Fall 2016. This will be an interactive workshop that includes team building, aligning body and mind through a physical movement and meditation as well as non-violent communication strategies.


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Cocktail & DG’s Teaching Excellence Awards

Ped Day 2012

Karen Ridd was the Ped Day 2012 keynote speaker. Available here is a video of her talk.

Last Modified: January 15, 2020