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Over at the Faculty Hub

October 19th, 2022

Essentials of Competency-based Programs – the Moodle option

As outlined in a recent memo, the Academic Dean has identified the need for our community to work toward a shared understanding of and common language for discussing competencies and competency-based programs at Dawson. Essentials of Competency-based Programs – the Moodle Option, has been developed for Dawson teachers in response to this need.

This option is an asynchronous, self-paced “course”, designed to facilitate a shared understanding of competency-based programs and competency development within our community. It is for:

  • faculty new to teaching
  • faculty with experience but new to the CEGEP network
  • seasoned college teachers with experience in the CEGEP network

Faculty that complete the activities in this module will be better able to:

  1. Explain the differences between content-based and competency-based programs to new students or new faculty
  2. Interpret competencies (formulated as objectives and standards) that you are entrusted to help students develop in your courses;
  3. Discuss delivering courses in a competency-based program with other faculty members of your program using a common vocabulary and a program approach.

Enroll today and complete this module at your own pace!

For background information on this initiative, consult the September memo from the Academic Dean titled “Toward a collective approach to competency-based teaching and learning”.

Read more about: Video Game Design Faculty win industry awards

Video Game Design Faculty win industry awards

October 19th, 2022

Continuing Education and Community Services (CECS) is proud to announce that AEC Independent Video Game Design Faculty member, Kitty Crawford, and her studio, Ululab, have been nominated for the Social Impact Initiative, Peoples Choice, Media and Emerging Talent Awards at this year’s MEGAMIGS Conference. Ululab has also been previously nominated for Games for Change and won a Serious Play and Youth Media Alliance award this year.

Additionally, faculty member Salim Larochelle and his studio, Flying Carpets Games, will also be showcasing their survival horror game, Hiboka. The MEGAMIGS conference brings together independent and international video game developers, creators, educational institutions, and entrepreneurs in related fields established in Quebec.

Congratulations Kitty and Salim! 

Read more about: Oct. 21 workshop on Active Learning in STEM classrooms

Oct. 21 workshop on Active Learning in STEM classrooms

October 19th, 2022

Please join us for a workshop that will explore the nuances of Active Learning with a particular focus on STEM classrooms. While aggregate data has shown that Active Learning is beneficial for increasing student engagement, this approach has overlooked individual student experiences and has obscured barriers to inclusion. Participants will discuss opportunities and challenges of Active Learning and explore anti-oppressive approaches to teaching and learning in an Active Learning classroom. While there is a STEM focus, anyone interested in active learning irrespective of discipline is welcome to join and bring their thoughts & questions to the session.

Maurice Riley-Case (they/them) is an Instructional Designer with Concordia’s Centre for Teaching and Learning, focusing on Inclusive Pedagogies. Maurice spent 12 years as an educator, and three years as the Instructional Coordinator for Black Student Flourishing at the Peel District School Board (PDSB) in Ontario. Riley-Case completed their Master of Education at York University where their research considered abolition and reform, and how Blackness is taken up in the education system.

Oct. 21: 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. in 3F.43: Anti-Oppressive Approaches for the Active Learning Classroom, with Maurice Riley-Case (Coffee & Snacks will be provided).

To register, contact Diana Rice: 

Read more about: First CRISPESH lunch ‘n learn is Oct. 5

First CRISPESH lunch ‘n learn is Oct. 5

September 21st, 2022

CRISPESH has announced their lunch 'n learn program for the 2022-2023 academic year and the first one is next Wednesday, Oct. 5. These seven conferences aim to support the academic success of students with disabilities.

Here is the link to the first lunch 'n learn:
Midi-conférence du 5 octobre Tickets, Wed, Oct 5, 2022 at 12:00 PM | Eventbrite

Consult the full schedule for the year of lunch 'n learn programming here: CRISPESHmidiconferences2223_FRVF

CRISPESH is a centre for applied research and transfer (CCTT) in partnership with Dawson and the Cégep du Vieux-Montréal. Their mandate is to contribute to the advancement of knowledge and the development and promotion of social practices that foster academic, social and professional inclusion for people with disabilities.

Read more about: Cathy Roy is a DALChampion

Cathy Roy is a DALChampion

September 21st, 2022

Tell me about your experience with DALC. What has been the best part? I was introduced to the DALC through colleagues quite early in my teaching career, so the community has influenced my teaching trajectory enormously. Like many teachers, my initial teaching preparation was very much focused on content. What would I teach my students?…

Read more about: Over at the Faculty Hub

Over at the Faculty Hub

September 21st, 2022

Orange Shirt Day resources:

Read more about: Faculty Hub

Faculty Hub

September 7th, 2022

In July, the Minister of Higher Education announced a total of $214,988 in ECQ grants for Dawson from the 2022-23 call for projects launched last March. Grants were awarded to: Experiential Learning and Community-Based Fieldwork in the Local and Global Context Gisela Frias (Geography) and Sara Louise Kendall (Geography) The objective of this project is…

Read more about: Dr. Robin Wall Kimmerer will give Peace Week keynote Sept. 15

Dr. Robin Wall Kimmerer will give Peace Week keynote Sept. 15

September 7th, 2022

Dr. Robin Wall Kimmerer will offer perspectives on Indigenous sciences and western science in her Peace Week keynote address, entitled Confronting Western Science Epistemology, online at Dawson at 2 p.m. on Sept. 15. In her publications and her speaking engagements, she proposes a revolutionary way to rethink how we approach the land and the natural sciences.

Kimmerer is a mother, scientist, decorated professor and enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. She is a SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor of Environmental Biology and the founder and director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment, whose mission is to create programs which draw on the wisdom of both Indigenous and scientific knowledge for our shared goals of sustainability.

Her interests in restoration include not only restoration of ecological communities, but restoration of our relationships to land. She holds a BSc in Botany from SUNY ESF, an MS and PhD in Botany from the University of Wisconsin and is the author of numerous scientific papers on plant ecology, bryophyte ecology, traditional knowledge and restoration ecology.

To register for keynote by Dr. Robin Wall Kimmerer on Sept. 15 at 2 p.m.:

For the full program and registration links for Peace Week at Dawson Sept. 13-21:

Read more about: Leigh Shapiro, DALChampion

Leigh Shapiro, DALChampion

September 7th, 2022

Tell me about your experience with DALC. What has been the best part? Being a member of the DALC group was an invigorating and inspiring experience. As an architect, the best part was being involved in a design experiment. Using the active learning classrooms was a unique opportunity to test and observe the classroom environment….

Read more about: Humanities and Public Life Conference Sept. 19-23

Humanities and Public Life Conference Sept. 19-23

September 7th, 2022

The theme of this year's HPL Conference, taking place Monday, Sept. 19 to Friday, Sept. 29 at Dawson, is Crisis, Conflict and Resolution. How can the Humanities help us to understand and navigate the various challenges the world is facing? Join us for a week of fascinating presentations on the war in Ukraine, the pandemic's impact on the arts, how successful lawyers and real-estate developers use humanities in their workplace, and much more!

For the full program, including descriptions of talks and locations: HPL 2022 Program

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