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Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020

Homepage news, IST

IST team working hard to keep our online campus rolling

Last week, Help Desk reached the milestone of 100,000 help calls. They have been helping students and staff more than ever since the pandemic began.

Click Read More for the homepage news story for more on their projects and support and some thank-you notes from students and staff.

Read More - IST team working hard to keep our online campus rolling

#DawsonProud, Academic News, Communications Office, Events, Homepage news, In the news/in social media, IST

It’s today! Virtual Open House runs Oct. 20-25

You can help us spread the word to students in Sec.  IV and V and their parents:

Click Read More to go to the English homepage news story and a French version is available here.

Read More - It’s today! Virtual Open House runs Oct. 20-25

Academic News, Homepage news

Online experience of Dawson so far

We spoke to a variety of teachers and students to find out how they are experiencing the online learning environment. While it is not ideal, Dawson College has to be online to keep the community safe. There are several positive things to appreciate and some new ways of doing things that will likely stay with us when we return to the campus.

Click Read More for the homepage news story.

Read More - Online experience of Dawson so far

#DawsonProud, From the Director General

Message from Director General Richard Filion

This extraordinary year, the Director General is awarding ALL employees of Dawson College the 2019-2020 Teaching Excellence Award in recognition of the great contributions of the entire team.

Click Read More to read Director General Richard Filion's personal message to all employees.

Read More - Message from Director General Richard Filion

#DawsonProud, Faculty Hub, Human Resources, Professional Development

Online Ped Days a success!

Many are feeling encouraged by the workshops and presentations at last week's Ped Days. Attendance was very good.

Click Read More for a short report.

Read More - Online Ped Days a success!

Homepage news, Student Services

4,000 new students contacted in outreach blitz

The Student Services team contacted every first-year student, both part-time and full-time, last week.

Click Read More for the story about this massive operation.

Read More - 4,000 new students contacted in outreach blitz

DawsonAI, Faculty Hub

DawsonAI Updates: Renewing the Call for College-Wide Collaboration

The DawsonAI initiative is well into its second year of a three-year plan to comprehensively respond to the challenges and opportunities in college education presented by the proliferation of artificial intelligence technologies.

Previous updates and consultations have outlined the goals of the initiative and the various vehicles for participation from the Dawson community. This update provides a snapshot of upcoming and ongoing DawsonAI activities, serves to remind interested faculty of research fellowship opportunities, and renews the invitation for critical feedback and collaboration.

The advances of AI impact everyone and it is important that a diversity of perspectives and contributions be integrated into AI education at Dawson College.

Click Read More for the update from the DawsonAI team.

Read More - DawsonAI Updates: Renewing the Call for College-Wide Collaboration

Academic News, Book/article/video recommendation, Faculty Hub, Human Resources, Student Services, Sustainability, Well-being for all

Amplifying Sustainable Happiness

Dawson participants, as well as many from outside the College, are experiencing the concept of Sustainable Happiness (SH) and exploring its implications, both personally and professionally.

During the next six months, SH facilitators will be offering programs for Dawson students, staff and managers. A program for another college will start next week.

A recent SH certificate was also just completed by Colleges and Institutes Canada staff in Ottawa, while a certificate offered in Spanish is on-going with an international group. Both external groups piloted the use of the SH Journal, also introduced to students within four Dawson psychology courses this semester.

Student Services will make 500 additional journals available to students, serving as a method that may help students distance from stress.

Sustainable Happiness programs review sustainability principles and actions that help us as individuals, help others, and/or help the planet. How these actions contribute to happiness, in turn, is identified as a component of well-being that involves positive emotions, satisfaction and fulfillment. Find more information about Dawson’s SH programs here.

Dawson Remembers, Milestones

R.I.P. Emile Hajjar

We regret to inform you that Emile Hajjar passed away Oct. 8. Emile taught in the Business Administration Department at Dawson for four decades (1973-2013). He was a true original according to Business Administration faculty member Robert Soroka.

Click Read More for the obituary.

Read More - R.I.P. Emile Hajjar

#DawsonProud, In the news/in social media

Dawson’s own “incredible chemistry teacher” featured in Le Devoir

Le Devoir featured an article about Yann Brouillette, a chemistry teacher at Dawson they called "incredible." Click Read More to go to the article.

Read More - Dawson’s own “incredible chemistry teacher” featured in Le Devoir

Dawson Foundation, Dawson Gives, Student Services

Students can now apply for new bursary

The Dawson College Financial Aid Bursary (DCFAB) is now live. Dawson students may access and apply to the DCFAB by completing the form here.

The goal is to provide financial aid to students who need short-term financial relief.

The bursary is thanks to the collaborative efforts of Student Services, the Dawson Student Union and the Dawson College Foundation. With additional support from the Ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement supérieur, a student in need may receive a bursary of up to $1,500.

Faculty Hub

Over at the Faculty Hub

  • Highlighted Article: 

Intelligent authoring systems can produce essays that rival that of college students.

Check out this AI produced article from The Guardian that was part of a Ped Day presentation last week by the Dawson AI Community of Practice:

A robot wrote this entire article. Are you scared yet, human?

  • Webinars Continue Next Week 

See the schedule and join through the Faculty Hub website 

Human Resources

Voluntary Workload Reduction deadline is Nov. 15

The Faculty Voluntary Workload Reduction deadline is Nov. 15. In order to apply, you must submit the newly introduced VWR application form. The form can be found here:

Please download the form, complete it and submit it to

Facilities Management, Sustainability, Well-being for all

Winter biking workshop Oct. 28

Have you been dreaming about riding your bike across the Jacques Cartier Bridge in the snow? You can find out how to do that and other things about biking in colder weather at an online winter biking workshop Oct. 28. Click Read More for more info and a link to join.

Read More - Winter biking workshop Oct. 28


DawsonITE Newsletter # 487

DawsonITE is your weekly curated news related to IT and Education prepared by Dawson's Rafael Scapin. In this issue:

• Student Engagement and Tools for Pivoting Courses

• CEGEP students become test subjects as they grapple with mental health, cheating, and their futures

• Using Macros to Make Correction Faster and Easier on Microsoft Word

Read More - DawsonITE Newsletter # 487

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Last Modified: October 20, 2020


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