Mentorship & Training

For the last ten years member of SALTISE, who are also Dawson College faculty, have been researching and implementing Active Learning pedagogies. In doing so, they have developed an expertise in how to effectively use classroom technologies to support students’ collaboration and learning.

As part of a SALTISE initiative, and supported by an inter-institutional SSHRC grant, Dawson College will be launching a peer-driven pedagogical training service – Dawson Pedagogical Training Centre (DPTC). This faculty support initiative is based on principles of research-practice partnerships, and firmly based on the implementation of educational research that results in effective active learning instructional practices.

The philosophy of the DPTC is to bring together pedagogical and content knowledge – what some call PCK and identified as a key lever to successful instruction. The DPTC mentorship and training will therefore focus on bringing together discipline experts who are also leaders in active learning pedagogical approaches. This combination makes the DPTC faculty uniquely positioned to support other teachers/instructors develop and refine their practice. In addition, the DPTC is a SMART Certified training centre and will offer courses on SMART products as well as how to teach specific content using those products, at the same time as maximizing the effectiveness of student-centred pedagogies.

What Makes the DPTC Unique

1. Expertise: All instructors are College-level teachers who use Active learning pedagogies in their teaching as well as innovators in the field of combining this student-centred pedagogy with the use of technology in the classroom.

2. Learning Spaces: The DPTC will use the high-tech active learning classrooms of Dawson College. These unique learning spaces are environments that support collaboration and interactive learning. Features of the room include:

  • SMART Boards technology – one for each table – informs the teaching and learning that happens in these classrooms.
  • Custom designed tables – maximize peer interaction and leverages working in the shared interactive whiteboard spaces.

Sample of course listings

The DPTC will offer courses in a variety of topics and levels.

SMART Certified courses

  • SMART Board Basics – Notebook Fundamentals; SMART Learning – Intermediate Notebook; SMART Future – Advanced Notebook; SMART Notebook Certification; SMART Trainer Certification

Active Learning courses

  • Active Learning Basics; Active Learning, Technology and STEM; Active Learning, Technology and STEAM; Active Learning, Technology and Social Sciences


  • Designing Learning Spaces; Visual Classrooms; OpenEdX & myDALITE


For more information about the DPTC