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12th Annual SALTISE Conference on June 12 & 13

May 3rd, 2023

The Supporting Active Learning & Technological Innovation in Studies of Education (SALTISE) conference is dedicated to helping faculty discover evidence-based pedagogy that uses educational technology with the goal of leading to improved learning.

Each year it hosts national and international scholars and provides opportunities for local experts to share best practices in the exciting world of active learning pedagogy and the use of technology via its annual conference.

Educators as Designers: A Practice-Research Conversation is the umbrella under which the 2023 SALTISE Conference is operating. This year the conference will happen on June 12 and 13, 2023 at Concordia University. The conference will give attendees the opportunity to learn from a wide range of experts in their fields at talks, workshops and networking events.

Giving you a peek into what to expect, SALTISE has announced its keynote speakers and they are not to be missed! First is Diana Laurillard, who is a Professor of Learning with Digital Technology at the University College London in the U.K. Her keynote will be "Educators Collaborating to Innovate: The Roles Digital Technologies Can Play." Second, is Kelly Miller who will deliver a keynote entitled "Overcoming Challenges in Active Learning Environments." Kelly is a Senior Lecturer in Applied Physics at Harvard University.

Hosting and running the conference is a significant task that requires the support of many volunteers. You can volunteer for a few hours, and tasks may include registering attendees, directing the flow of people, preparing rooms, serving alcohol (for volunteers 18+), and cleaning up. Sign up to be a volunteer now.

Visit the link below for details and registration.

Students respond to Data Journalism Challenge

April 5th, 2023

All students were invited to participate in a Data Journalism Challenge March 25-26. The objective was to introduce students to the broad field of Data Journalism, wherein large datasets from various sources are compiled into a visual aid at the centre of a story meant to inform the general public.  Inspired by the work of Our World in Data, students were provided publicly available C02 emissions data for Canada and ideas for exploring other climate-themed data sets to create their own data journalism project.

The attendance was better than expected with about 80 students attending a Saturday morning workshop session run by Sameer Bhatnagar and Vanessa Gordon and 45 students completed the challenge during the weekend. Mentors and judges volunteered their time to support this event and expressed excitement about doing it again.

Google Brain team lead was keynote at DawsCon 2023

April 5th, 2023

DawsCon was a one-day conference March 24 on a wide range of topics in artificial intelligence hosted by Dawson AI and the Computer Science Department at Dawson. Dawson’s reception room in 5B.16 was packed with students for keynote speaker Hugo Larochelle, Montreal Team Lead at Google Brain. Hugo is also a member of Yoshua Bengio's Mila and an Adjunct Professor at the Université de Montréal. His talk about the Deep Learning revolution in AI gave the audience an overview of the development of AI from the early 2000s to today, including some of the major developments that occurred in Canada.

ChatGPT and student intern talks featured at DawsCon

April 5th, 2023

Students were given the opportunity to push ChatGPT to its limits in an AI jailbreak competition on March 24 and ChatGPT was also the focus of a popular workshop led by Robert Stephens Notably, DawsCon was designed to be a truly student-centered event with more than 30 students presenting work in progress on projects related to a wide range of AI topics in conjunction with internships being undertaken with the Applied AI Institute. Next year, organizers DawsonAI and the Computer Science Department plan even more student presentations for what is hoped will be an annual event.

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DawsCon, A.I. workshops and Data Journalism challenge this weekend

March 22nd, 2023

On Friday, March 24, Dawson College will be hosting a free conference for educators and industry, and a subsequent weekend Data Journalism Challenge (March 25-26) aimed at students of any background. Attendees will be exposed to a wide range of AI topics from challenges of ChatGPT in education to ethics and bias to data manipulation and machine learning,…

Read more about: Dawson AI guiding College through challenges of Chat GPT

Dawson AI guiding College through challenges of Chat GPT

March 22nd, 2023

At this point, you’ve surely heard of ChatGPT, the A.I. text generation system developed by OpenAI. Perhaps you are even a little sick of hearing about it already! For better or worse, ChatGPT and its soon to be released, much more powerful cousin GPT-4, will have dramatic consequences for higher education. Members of the Dawson…

Rob Stephens on ChatGPT opportunities and challenges

January 25th, 2023

On Jan. 20, CTV Montreal News interviewed Humanities faculty member and Dawson AI executive member Rob Stephens about ChatGPT, which is making waves in the classroom. The week before Rob had given a talk at Intercollegiate Ped Days on the same topic.

CTV news report: 

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Mitacs honours Joel Trudeau and Dawson team

November 30th, 2022

Last night (Nov. 22) we watched an award show for remarkable research in Canada under the Mitacs banner. There were 8 very outstanding initiatives highlighted and honoured. These award-winning undertakings were fascinating, socially relevant, pertinent for entrepreneurial action in science, medicine, indigenous life, international collaboration, and the creation of new thinking models. Very laudable on…

Read more about: DawsonAI News Fall 2022

DawsonAI News Fall 2022

November 2nd, 2022

Experiential Learning  The Applied AI Institute at Concordia University is supporting a collaborative project between Concordia Continuing Education and Dawson College to develop experiential learning (EL) opportunities for students interested in AI. A call has gone out to Applied AI Institute members to recruit faculty who are interested in offering students experiential learning opportunities. The…

70 Dawson students signed up for AI workshops this fall

September 21st, 2022

Dawson AI and AI Launch Lab are hosting a series of workshops, which will give Dawson students the opportunity to learn AI through hands-on learning. The workshop series will cover a wide range of AI topics including data manipulation, fundamental machine learning models, deep learning, reinforcement learning and other advanced topics.

70 Dawson students are signed up to take part in the workshops. The series of eight workshops will begin this Saturday, Sept. 24 and end on Nov. 19. Students will have the opportunity to present their work and learnings at the end of the program.

This workshop series is available to college students in Quebec and is made possible by the generous funding of a NovaScience Program grant awarded to DawsonAI from the Ministère de l’Économie et de l’Innovation.

Click Read More for a look at the AI Launch Lab Fall 2022 program.

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Last Modified: May 3, 2023


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