Dawson Active Learning Community shared with the Cegep network

Dawson College teachers Selma Hamdani and Yann Brouillette share their experience with the innovative pedagogy of active learning and the peer support of the Dawson Active Learning Community (DALC) in a new video requested by the Ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement supérieur.

The video was produced as a knowledge sharing initiative to benefit CEGEP teachers, pedagogical counsellors and administrators across Quebec.

The DALC video was presented during a Feb. 20 webinar organized by the Ministry about implementing the Plan d’action numérique.

“The ministry recognized the enormous pedagogical potential in sharing DALC with the CEGEP network,” said Chris Whittaker, co-coordinator of DALC. “We are hopeful that teachers will see that it is worthwhile to explore the use of new technology and pedagogy in the classroom, and that it is possible with the support of fellow teachers.”

The concept of teachers supporting teachers through communities of practice is well established at Dawson College. Today, there are eight communities of practice supported by the College’s new Faculty Hub.

About a decade ago, Dawson College created its first active learning classrooms. DALC got started as a way to support teachers in exploring the new pedagogy and technology these classrooms offer.

“The DALC is a thriving community of practice which has had, and continues to have, a substantial positive impact on the College,” said Catherine LeBel, Dean of Academic Development.

There are now over 100 faculty members who are part of DALC and 16 active learning classrooms and laboratories on campus.


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Last Modified: February 20, 2020