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Implementation of Dawson’s Strategic Plan to begin in Winter 2024

May 31st, 2023

The College has decided to delay the launch and implementation of its five-year Strategic Plan slightly in order to ensure the extensive consultation process thus far is properly considered.  The College plans to submit the Strategic Plan to the Board of Governors in Fall 2023 and begin implementation in Winter 2024.

“The consultation process on the Strategic Plan has been more extensive than ever before and we sincerely appreciate the feedback we’ve received from the community. We want to make sure the document reflects the richness of this feedback, so it is taking a little more time than originally expected,” said Leanne Bennett, Academic Dean.

In addition, the necessity to implement Bill 96-related measures on curriculum and admissions has kept many employees of the College quite busy, causing some delay in progress.

If you’d like an update on the activities and progress of the Strategic Plan Design and Writing Committee, visit the Strat Plan Teams site to view posts on the timeline for development of the plan and on some of the draft components developed so far. Feedback is welcome in the form of public comments on the posts.

The Strategic Plan Design and Writing Committee includes Sameer Bhatnagar, Quality Assurance and Planning; Cathy Giulietti, Executive Assistant, Academic Dean; Dianne Hawryluck, Academic Advising; Ian MacKenzie, Faculty; and Alan Stewart, Assistant to the Academic Dean.

Read more about: Update from the Interprofessional Education team

Update from the Interprofessional Education team

May 31st, 2023

Near the end of each semester, the IPE team typically updates the community on some of the IPE learning opportunities implemented. This time, instead of highlighting each activity, we wanted to turn the focus on one aspect of the IPE project: simulation. Here are the three major steps we completed this semester in an attempt…

Ministry financing for additional space to Forum confirmed

May 31st, 2023

The Ministry of Higher Education has confirmed funding for Dawson to rent additional space at the Montreal Forum for the next 5 years.

With this additional space, the Nursing Program will have quadruple the space for simulation, which can also be used by other programs, and an additional 90 square metres for their labs.

Plans are being developed to renovate the former Future Shop space on the second floor. It will accommodate the Nursing Program as well as one low tech active learning classroom and eight general use classrooms. There will also be a new student space where students can relax and study between classes.  The preliminary layout of the renovation has been provided by Facilities Management and can be viewed here.

This is a temporary response to Dawson’s space deficit of more than 11,200 square metres confirmed by the Ministry of Higher Education in December 2021. The College continues to work on a longer-term solution to the space deficit after plans for the construction of a new medical studies pavilion were officially cancelled by the Quebec government in late March 2022.

Computer Science internship project with Nursing

May 31st, 2023

Mady Fouert, a third year Computer Science Technology student worked with Sherry McMillan, coordinator of the Nursing program, to develop a website to better prepare students and faculty for the OIIQ exam. In an authentic multi-disciplinary project, Mady consulted with Tania Chiarotto from Graphic Design for guidance on the UX; in addition, Tim Miller from the Inter-professional Education project and the Nursing curriculum committee provided valuable feedback. Thanks to all involved for a fabulous collaboration!

Check out Mady's website here:

Eight faculty projects approved for funding through Dawson Foundation

May 31st, 2023

Eight projects proposed by faculty have been approved for funding available through the Dawson Foundation’s Student Academic Enrichment Fund.

The projects that will receive funding in 2023-2024 are: Illustration Quebec membership and events, AR Cité - AI production tools and community awareness, Ecology & Culture (Costa Rica complimentary course), Resources for Science on tourne, Sonic levitator kits for student labs, Interprofessional Education Symposium, Facilities visit for outdoor education programming, and the Cuba Trip (North-South Studies/ Social Change and Solidarity).

Three of the projects – the Cuba trip, the Interprofessional Education Symposium and the Facilities visit for CRLT – have been approved for three years of funding.

This year, all proposals received were reviewed and approved by the SAEF committee: Megan Ainscow, Communications; Fred Jansen, Foundation; Geoff Kloos, Student Services; Catherine Lebel, Dean of Academic Development; and three student representatives from the Dawson Student Union. Each relevant sector dean also approved.

A total of $39,795.17 will be distributed by the Dawson Foundation to implement these projects that will enhance the academic experience of our students in a wide array of programs.

Read more about: Better sleep and well-being during remote semesters

Better sleep and well-being during remote semesters

May 17th, 2023

SUMMARY: The COVID-19 pandemic and remote teaching, working and learning have resulted in a variety of sleep-related problems, as well as some favourable sleep-related outcomes. In a qualitative study, we recently conducted focus groups and interviews with members of the Dawson community and analysed the positive and negative impacts of the COVID-19 remote teaching/working period…

Read more about: Amazing final Electro Tech projects

Amazing final Electro Tech projects

May 17th, 2023


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Industry pros reviewed Photography portfolios

May 17th, 2023

Dawson Professional Photography graduating students met with some of the Montreal photography industry’s heavy hitters May 4 for one-on-one face time at the first annual Dawson Professional Photography Portfolio Reviews. “A notable part of our program has always been the portfolio critiques given by the faculty at the end of the fifth and sixth semesters,”…

Next week Vernissage Season begins!

May 17th, 2023

The countdown is on to Vernissage Season at Dawson. Graduating students in Visual Arts, Illustration, Professional Photography, Industrial Design, Graphic Design, 3D Animation and Computer Generated Imagery and Interior Design will present their work in end-of-year exhibitions.

All events are open to all employees and the general public. For the full schedule, visit the link below.

Read more about: REFRACTIONS – AEC Commercial Photography Exhibition

REFRACTIONS – AEC Commercial Photography Exhibition

May 17th, 2023


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