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Since 2009, Writing in the Disciplines (WID) at Dawson College has been offering support for curricular and pedagogical innovations in writing, critical thinking and active learning. This support takes several forms. Each year, the Faculty Writing Fellows program unites 5-6 instructors from different departments and programs in an exploration and discussion of the scholarly literature touching on writing and critical thinking in their fields. WID also supports an annual department or program-based project, in which a faculty team develops new discipline-specific approaches, resources or tools that can be deployed at the program level. Every June, WID holds an …

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Since 2009, Writing in the Disciplines (WID) at Dawson College has been offering support for curricular and pedagogical innovations in writing, critical thinking and active learning. This support takes several forms. Each year, the Faculty Writing Fellows program unites 5-6 instructors from different departments and programs in an exploration and discussion of the scholarly literature touching on writing and critical thinking in their fields. WID also supports an annual department or program-based project, in which a faculty team develops new discipline-specific approaches, resources or tools that can be deployed at the program level. Every June, WID holds an annual two-day WID Spring Institute, inviting teachers from across the college to focus on a selected topic or theme. The WID Director and Writing Fellows also offer workshops and informal consultations on request.

For more information go to https://writing.dawsoncollege.qc.ca/

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WID Teaching Portfolios

Laetitia Desanti: Pourquoi Writing in the Disciplines?

David Weeks: What is Industrial Design?

Sonia Zylberberg: Portfolio within a portfolio.

Jean-Francois Briere: Using informal writing to encourage reading prior to class

Elizabeth Linn: Ethnographic Writing as Scaffolding to Understanding

George Mack: Exploring New Worlds of Teaching – Active Learning and Writing in the Discipline.

Jean Duclos Alegue Fuego: Writing for learning in Microeconomics

Jocelyn Parr: Online Teaching: the Dreams and Catastrophes of a First-Time Blogger

See more WID Teaching Portfolios here

Types of Projects

Reports on Programs and Departments

Authentic physics laboratory activities: Helping students learn and practice key scientific skills

  • Physics labs in Dawson have traditionally been closely linked to the content seen in class, and, more often than not, formulated in a follow-the-recipe approach where students aiming at producing experimental data to verify well-known laws. Physics WID W2017 Final Report

Critical Thinking and Writing for Immersive Media and Interactive Storytelling – Cinema and Communications WID Project

  • This Cinema and Communications projects developed a new website devoted to resources for both teachers and students who are undertaking projects in the rapidly evolving area of new and interactive media. Cheryl Simon and Myriam Rafla (Cinema and Communications) focused especially on tools to scaffold the understanding and development of interactive and immersive documentary production. Their completed “homebase” for Cinema and Communication instruction in new and interactive media came online for the Winter 2019 semester. Cin-Com WID Project Final Report 2018

Read more reports on programs and departments here

Founder and Co-coordinator

For more information, you can also contact:

Jeffrey Gandell (Co-coordinator) 

  • Project Lead, Writing in the Disciplines at Dawson
  • 3D.3-1, ext.4980
  • jgandell@dawsoncollege.qc.ca

Main website – Writing in the Disciplines at Dawson College