SALTISE News & Conference Date for 2015 
March 2015
Photo by Silvia d’Apollonia _ Spring in the mountains of Caltagirone, Sicily


Dear Member,

We are pleased to announce the awarding of the 2015 SALTISE Mini-Grants. Congratulations to our colleagues, we extend best wishes as they launch their projects. Thanks to the Selection Committee, their thoughtful decisions have provided support to the broadest possible cross-section of colleagues from a range of institutions and disciplines. These awards are a true illustration of the diversity of our expanding SALTISE community and lives up to the spirit of the mini-grant program – i.e., Fostering Local Communities of Practice. Read more below.

Announcing the 4th Annual SALTISE Conference, June 2nd will be held at John Abbott College. It’s going to be another exciting conference. The Conference Organizing Committee is once again at work securing the keynotes and guest presenters. Stay tuned for the call for presentation proposals, registration information and more conference news, to be posted on the SALTISE website. We are looking forward to hearing what you’ve been up to over this long cold winter.

Best wishes,
The SALTISE team

List of Mini-Grants Awarded:

In the spirit of fostering the community of practice through collaborations between and across our network of colleges and universities, the Selection Committee has awarded a record 10 mini-grants to faculty at seven of our local educational institutions. In addition to representing a diversity of institutions, these individuals come from a range of disciplines including Special Care Counselling, Microbiology, Physical Education. News on the progress of these projects will be on the saltise website. In addition, results from these initiatives will be presented at the 4th Annual SALTISE Conference, June 2nd at John Abbott College. 

Awards reported by institution:

Cégep André-Laurendeau

  • Caroline Cormier et Véronique Turcotte (Chemistry). Project title: Enrichment of a Web-based Educational Video Bank in Chemistry

Champlain College

  • Greg De Luca  (Special Care Counselling). Project title: Using a Virtual Environment in Special Care Counselling

Collège de Bois-de-Boulogne

  • Sonia Gounar (Sciences informatiques et mathématiques). Project title: Activité de robotique du collège de Bois-de-Boulogne

Dawson College

  • Yann Brouillette  (Chemistry). Project title: ChemCurious Chemistry Videos – Part II
  • Tim Miller (Physical Education and Physical Rehabilitation). Project title: Increasing Competency Using Tablet Devices Within the Classroom and Activity Spaces

John Abbott College

  • Michael Lautman  (Chemistry). Project title: Clickers in the Chemistry Classroom 
  • Marie-Claire Rioux & Roxanne Milette (Biology). Project title: Use of Dry-erase Boards and Microbial Models for Group Activities
  • Caroline Viger (Physics). Project title: Use of Student Dry-erase Boards in the Physics Classroom

McGill University

  • Jim Ghoshdastidar  (Chemistry). Project title: Chem Cast: Increasing the Accessibility of TA-support in General Chemistry Classes through Video Podcasts

Vanier College

  • Al Hayek (Mathematics). Project title: Active Learning in a Calculus 1 Course Using the POGIL Pedagogical Strategy

Mini-Grants Selection Committee: Murray Bronet (John Abbott), Marielle Beauchemin (Vanier), Suzanne Kunicki (Dawson) and Nathaniel Lasry (John Abbott). Alternates: Rob Cassidy (Dawson), Kevin Lenton (Vanier), Kaila Folinsbee (Dawson).