Message from the Director General
Hi everyone! I hope you and your dear ones are coping well with the many challenges we face in this critical period.
We are now a little more than two weeks into this very unique and difficult situation caused by the outbreak of COVID-19.
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Teachers saving the semester
For the past two weeks, many teachers have become students learning all about online teaching platforms. They have also been working hard to adapt course outlines and figure out how to present their material online while maintaining academic integrity and continuing to engage their students.
Dawson’s Communications Office spoke with two teachers about resuming teaching online.
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Live COVID-19 graph focused on Quebec developed by Dawson teachers
Jonathon Sumner (Physics) started working on a live interactive graph project with the idea of showing the evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic in different parts of the world, while normalizing for population size, as well as showing the impact of interventions like physical distancing.
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Special Board meeting about impact of COVID-19
On Monday, March 30, the Board of Governors held a special meeting to address one topic: the College’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The purpose of the meeting was to pass a motion to allow the Director General and Academic Dean to make timely decisions in the context of the COVID-19 outbreak.
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Ask-me-anything with infectious disease specialist Wednesday at 1:00 p.m.
Psychology teacher Selma Hamdani has arranged a unique opportunity for students and employees to ask anything about COVID-19 to infectious disease specialist Dr. Guillaume Butler-Laporte. The session will take place Wednesday, April 1 at 1 p.m.
The capacity is currently at 300 participants for the Zoom meeting. Please contact Selma to reserve your class.
Participants can join via the Zoom link embedded in the Read More link.
Employee Assistance Program
The Employee Assistance Program is a free and confidential counselling service geared to help deal with the pressures that most people experience everyday. It is a great resource for Dawson employees during this stressful period.
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Phys. Ed. continues keeping you healthy with Dawson Homebody
Our Phys. Ed. Team has prepared two new workouts with videos, photos and explanations in their third instalment of Dawson Homebody, created especially for Dawson colleagues.
Click Read More for links to the workouts and information about the ongoing meditation offered by Daniel Goldsmith.
Help support students impacted financially by COVID-19
49% of Canadians are on the verge of insolvency, according to a survey published in The Financial Post on March 30. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic reaches its peak in Montreal, it is already having a major financial impact on young people and families.
Dawson’s Financial Aid Office is anticipating a major surge in demand when students return to the College.
We are calling on our community to consider making a donation to the Financial Aid Fund, managed by the Dawson College Foundation. Your donation will build the capacity of the College to respond to requests for food and emergency relief for our students.
Please click Read More for a link to donate and more information
What you can do to stop the spread of social stigma
Ildiko Glaser-Hille of Dawson's Peace Centre has written a feature article about how to stop social stigma associated with COVID-19.
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A reflection by one of Dawson’s plant caretakers
Chris Adam (Sustainability) reports that there are 77 people signed up for plant care, feeding fish or taking care of vermi-composts. Some of these individuals represent entire areas, like the library, and others are individual offices.
"The first week we actually counted 379 plants and then the second wave of emails came in. I would estimate that we are watering approximately 450 plants now. This takes a day to do," writes Chris.
Click Read More for the article by Chris Adam of the Sustainability Office.
Convocation 2020 postponed
Convocation, which was to be held on June 23, 2020 at Place des Arts, has been postponed. Parents, students, teachers and staff alike look forward to this community event that packs the Théâtre Maisonneuve space with upwards of 2,900 people over two ceremonies.
We want to acknowledge the hard work and perseverance of our students. We will be looking into alternative ways to celebrate our graduates and their achievements in the near future.
Photo Gallery of Dawson’s plants and creatures
The Sustainability Team is taking care of the plants and creatures at Dawson College.
Click Read More to view a Photo Gallery of your plants, many are blooming in the empty building.
Pets of Dawson Living Their Best Lives – Part 2
Some more pet photos submitted by our Dawson Community.
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DawsonITE Newsletter # 463
DawsonITE is your weekly curated news related to IT and Education prepared by Dawson's Rafael Scapin. In this issue:
- Pedagogical ICT resources to facilitate the transition from a classroom-based course to a distance learning course
- Teachers across New York City are getting a lesson in “Zoombombing”
- Knowt Will Turn Your Notes and Favorite Webpages Into Quizzes for You
Last Modified: March 31, 2020