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Call for New Learning Communities Project Development – Winter 2022

October 5th, 2021

Faculty interested in integrative learning and collaborative curriculum development are invited to submit a proposal to participate in the Winter 2022 phase of Dawson’s Learning Communities project. Proposals will be welcomed from sectors where LCs have already been implemented (Science, Social Science and Certificates/General Education), and equally from other programs and profiles (Pre-U and Careers) interested…

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LCs W21 Final Update – June 2021

October 5th, 2021

June 2021 saw five teams wrapping up new LC course development.  As was the case last year, Winter 2021 presented challenges in workflow and communication related to the ongoing circumstance of the pandemic.  Yet each project team successfully completed the three-phase course development process, and the final meeting on June 8 highlighted the introduction of…

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Learning Communities Course Development Update – Winter 2021

April 1st, 2021

Winter 2021 course development is underway in the Learning Communities project, with six teams and a total of twelve teachers working on eleven new courses to be launched in the F21 and W22 semesters.  Working remotely imposes significant constraints on the course design process, just as it does with teaching.  However, as in the second…

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Why Develop Learning Communities in Certificates?

October 7th, 2020

In their essence, Certificates at Dawson are learning communities that aspire to engage students and teachers –across their respective programs and disciplines – in a shared area of interest.   Our existing and developing Certificates address some of the most important and engaging issues of our time: Current Certificates: Peace Studies Women’s/Gender Studies Decolonization and…

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Learning Communities in General Education: Innovation, Interdisciplinarity, Collaboration, and Real-world Applications

October 7th, 2020

From its inception in Fall 2015, Learning Communities (LCs) at Dawson College has aimed to create structured opportunities for Dawson faculty from different departments to work together to co-design and co-teach interdisciplinary courses. These new curricular structures are designed to facilitate the forging of interdisciplinary insights and connections; permit a closer integration of classroom and experiential learning;…

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Call for Proposals: New Learning Community Projects – Winter 2021

September 29th, 2020

 Faculty interested in integrative learning and collaborative curriculum development are invited to submit a proposal to participate in the Winter 2021 phase of Dawson’s Learning Community project. Proposals will be welcomed from sectors where LCs have already been implemented (Science, Social Science and Certificates/General Education), and equally from programs and profiles (Pre-U and Careers) not already…

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Winter 2020 Project Updates

June 15th, 2020

Despite the COVID-19 disruption this winter, work proceeded on 7 different Learning Communities projects involving 15 different teachers. Following are capsule reports from each team on their progress.   I.  Improved integration of statistics in the Analytical Chemistry program   – Steve Holden (Chemistry) and Rodney Acteson (Mathematics) We developed activities to better integrate statistics into…

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LC Project Development – Winter 2020

March 26th, 2020

Watch for updates here by June on the following curriculum development projects: A DIS-themed French and Phys Ed intensive pairing, designed by Lysane Audy (French) and Cindy Starzenski (PE), to take place in the Atikamekw community of Manawan. A Neuroscience Research 365 Complementary, designed and co-taught by Helene Nadeau (Physics) and Sylvia Cox (Pyschology) A DIS-…

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Scaling Up Learning Communities 2020-2022

September 5th, 2019

Over the Winter 2019 semester, the LC Task Force and its three Working Groups (in Science, Social Science and Certificates) were busy with consultations and brainstorming sessions leading to the development of four planning frameworks that will guide new developments in the Learning Communities project through 2022.   The process drew on more than 60 teachers…

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Spring Brainstorming Sessions

April 29th, 2019

This winter, working groups in Social Science, Enriched Science and Certificates have been generating plans for future developments in the Learning Communities project.  In April, all three groups invited faculty in their respective domains to participate in brainstorming sessions that cast a wide net for ideas related to collaborative teaching and interdisciplinary learning.    …

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