Collaborative Writing Technologies for the English Literature Classroom Workshop

September 14th, 2022

Wednesday, September 28, 2:30-4:00 in 3F.38 Presented by Jeff Gandell, WID Project Lead This workshop will offer practical tips and tricks for designing effective collaborative writing activities for the English Literature classroom. We’ll spend a few minutes looking at Google Docs, but the bulk of the workshop will be spent demonstrating and playing with Miro, an…

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CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS: Winter 2023 Writing Fellows

September 21st, 2021

Are you interested in becoming a more efficient and effective instructor? In motivating and inspiring your students through innovative assignment and course design? In developing a bank of revamped assignments and rubrics that are designed around proven pedagogical principles?  In having time to read and discuss contemporary literature on writing instruction, critical thinking, and active…

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Writing in Student-centered Alternative Education

May 22nd, 2019

College Writing and Authentic Student Voices: In the Words of New School Students New School at Dawson is an alternative school within the College. Founded in 1973, New School is the Quebec CEGEP system’s longest running alternative school, and we follow a critical humanistic education approach in English and Humanities courses, open to all Dawson…

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Design Thinking for Learning Experiences: WID Spring Institute 2018

October 22nd, 2018

The June 2018 WID Spring Institute launched a new and innovative level of collaboration between Dawson faculty development initiatives.  WID, SPACE, DALC and UDL animators gathered for two days with SPACE students to investigate how design thinking methodologies could be applied to the development of engaging new learning activities and assignments. 

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Authentic Writing in Physics: Helping Students Develop Their Inner Scientific Voice

November 22nd, 2016

The Call for Proposals for Department & Program WID Projects yielded five high-quality proposals this fall, making the selection process for W2017 a challenging one.  Congratulations to the Physics team of Jean-Francois Briere, Nadim Boukhira and Jonathan Sumner, whose project involves a redesign of Mechanics and Electricity & Magnetism, which are the first and last…

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Call for Proposals: WID Department & Program Projects W2017

October 1st, 2016

Writing in the Disciplines at Dawson invites faculty members to submit proposals for department and program-based projects focused on writing, critical thinking and active learning in the disciplines.  Building on the college-wide presence of WID Writing Fellows and Spring Institute participants, these projects add a new level of WID support for innovations in instructional and…

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Intersections of Writing & Studio Practice: OCADU Workshop at Ped Day

September 30th, 2016

Where do visual and textual imaginings meet?  Very often in the artist’s journal, where ideas can move fluidly between colour and form and words and phrases.  Sometimes, words and phrases become forms and colours, and vice versa. In education, the desire to draw distinct borders around different categories of thought, expression and argument – a…

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Research Sightings: Low-stakes Writing is a High Impact Teaching Strategy

May 16th, 2016

WID Fellow Melanie Beck (Mathematics) passed on this recent Edutopia article on how low-stakes writing is employed across disciplines at University Park Campus School, a high school in Worcester, MA. If you browse the text article, you’ll find a host of simple but effective ideas for in-class thinking and writing, all of which are adaptable…

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WID Spring Institute 2016 – Understanding and Working with Sources

May 15th, 2016

The annual WID Spring Institute will take place on Wednesday, June 1, from 9:30am-3:30pm.  The focus this year is on effective approaches to teaching students how to understand and work with sources.  Most students come to college without a clear understanding of how knowledge is produced in the disciplines, and that means that writing tasks…

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Call for Participants: Faculty Writing Fellows F2016-W2017

March 3rd, 2016

The Call for Participants for the F2016-W2017 Faculty Writing Fellows is now open.  The deadline for applications is Wednesday, March 23, 2016.  Interested?  Browse the work of the Writing Fellows on the Teaching Portfolio page.   There are now 67 Writing Fellows in 25 different departments & programs – but we are always on the…

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