Reports on Programs and Departments

Critical Thinking and Writing for Immersive Media and Interactive Storytelling – Cinema and Communications WID Project – Winter 2018

Our W2018 Cinema & Communication WID project has involved the production of an on-line ‘story space’ for teachers and students who are creating mixed platform, multimodal and multimedia environments. These environments can be characterized as interactive, non-linear installations.  Myriam Rafla worked on the conception and development of an on-line “story-space” to be used by students interested in creating scripts for multimedia media environments. Cheryl Simon gathered theoretical, critical and archival literature investigating the creative possibilities of new modalities of media practice, and addressing the ethical, political and social aspects of working with and inhabiting a world of expanded media.

Cin-Com WID Project Final Report 2018

Authentic physics laboratory activities: Helping students learn and practice key scientific skills – Winter 2017.

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. This approach may not be effective in stimulating engagement or a reflective practice of the scientific method.  This observation was the starting point for our WID project proposal. We developed and refined a list of skills that we wanted students to develop in the lab and identified several design principles that could guide the development of new labs, and used these principles to develop preparatory materials and videos for several new labs.

Physics WID W2017 Final Report



Exam Preparation and Clinical Decision-making in the Dawson Nursing Program – June 2015

Graduates of all nursing programs in Canada are required to write a licensing exam at the end of their studies in order to practice their profession. In recent years, changes have occurred both within the nursing department at Dawson and external to the college that lead us to believe we needed to take a closer look at what we are doing as a faculty to help students get ready for this exam.

Review of the Social Science Integrative Seminar course in the context of Writing in the Disciplines – June 2015

We scrutinized the current state of the Social Science Integrative Seminar (IS) course through the lens of Writing in the Disciplines (WID) scholarship and Ministerial requirements. We were supported in this project by the Dawson WID program in the form of course release and consultations with Ian MacKenzie and Anne Thorpe, WID Co-directors. IS serves as the capstone course for Social Science students, culminating in a Comprehensive Exam, which is typically composed of a scholarly research paper.

Reflective Writing in Physical Education – June 2013

Student writing is instrumental in developing critical thinking about personal health choices, and in fostering an inquiry-based learning environment. In accordance with Ministerial competencies for students to “explore and meaningfully interpret” course information, the department has adopted reflective writing as a primary mode of writing in the discipline.