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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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What has been happening at WID

Resources: Faculty Writing Fellows Teaching Portfolios

Laetitia Desanti: Pourquoi Writing in the Disciplines?

Je suis partie d’une volonté de réfléchir, grâce à mon implication dans ce groupe de réflexion, à la manière dont je pouvais proposer aux élèves une alternative aux travaux d’écriture traditionnels et faire en sorte que les étudiants soient moins entravés par la barrière de la langue pour exprimer leur pensée.

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David Weeks: What is Industrial Design?

Have you ever wondered how that phone or kitchen appliance that you own came to exist, or all those products at the local big box store as you wandered the aisles looking for something specific? Everything made by humans around us, whether it be our clothes, cars, furniture, electronics, homes, and everything in them was designed by someone, somewhere.

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Sonia Zylberberg: Portfolio within a portfolio.

Over the course of the WID fellowship, I came across many ideas that caught my interest and enthusiasm. In thinking about my WID portfolio, I realized I wanted to put into practice all (or at least some) of these, and that, in fact, a portfolio was the ideal framework within which to do so.

So… my portfolio is a portfolio.

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

In many courses, attempts to increase active learning in class are often blocked by the necessity of covering a lot of content. One solution to the problem is to force students to come to class prepared by asking them to do the low cognitive level learning on their own, in some more or less radical versions of the flipped classroom.

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WID Department and Program Projects

Project: Winter 2019

Developing Active Learning Lab Activities for General Psychology

Led by Marie-Pierre Gosselin, Selma Hamdani and Madelaine Cote (Psychology), this project is exploring the literature on introductory lab activities that introduce new Psychology students to the scientific research practices of Psychology, with the aim of developing several lab modules that can be inserted in the first required course in Psychology.

Project: Winter 2018

Critical Thinking and Writing in New and Interactive Media
– Winter 2018

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.

Read more here about Cheryl and Myriam’s project.