SPACE is a student enrichment initiative that nurtures exploration, discussion, and collaboration beyond the classroom and across the disciplines. SPACE facilitates individual and group projects, and hosts a web magazine, exhibitions and special live events that are open to the entire Dawson College community of students, faculty, staff, alumni and retirees, as well as to guests in the broader community. Through these venues, SPACE offers a forum for discussing and sharing undertakings of any kind, which may include work done in class or for a comprehensive examination, but which may also include independent explorations that deepen and/or broaden understanding. SPACE encourages participants to take their education further, beyond assessment, to continue to make new connections, between information and ideas as well as between individuals and their community. In the process of discussing and sharing their work, SPACE participants also receive guidance, mentorship and feedback from both their peers and faculty. Our world today includes many areas of common interest and concern that require the rigour, creativity, initiative and collaboration of many people across disciplinary boundaries. SPACE aims to foster an environment where this energy of exploration, innovation and cooperation can thrive.
Learning is grounded
in the curriculum and the disciplines,
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SPACE: Sciences Participating with Arts and Culture in Education
In 2016-2017, SPACE will be inviting online submissions to the web magazine. Until this option becomes available, we request those who may be interested in submitting work from the Dawson College community to register to become a member and contact us directly for more information. With membership, you'll also be able to leave comments on others' work and upload your announcements to SPACE. Sign up below and receive our newsletter with announcements about new publications and upcoming events.Subscribe…
SPACE is always looking for writers, editors, illustrators, designers, photographers, film-makers, podcasters, planners and organizers, and anyone else who wants to get involved. SPACE is open to all students, across all disciplines, as well as to all faculty, administrative and support staff, alumni, and special invited guests.
The students who come to and the teachers who teach at Dawson College, and almost all other institutions of higher learning, have become accustomed to an educational style which might be called, for want of a better term, the 'closed classroom' style: individual classes focused on discipline-specific subject matter which has been mandated by Ministry standards, departments and program committees.
The goal of such classes is to provide and immerse the student in up-to-date knowledge in fields related to their program. The work the student does in class is evaluated, as a rule, by an individual teacher. When the course is over, the student is, with some exceptions, entitled to retrieve their work, and, most of the time, such work is not seen or discussed by any other faculty members or students.
SPACE, founded in 2008 by a Dawson student and teacher, recognises the value of traditional disciplines in modern education, but wishes to complement it through what might be called an “open” approach. Through a unique interdisciplinary web magazine as well as exciting live events, all open to everyone, SPACE provides a venue for sharing and discussing undertakings of any kind, which may include work done in class or for a comprehensive assessment. SPACE also encourages independent work, allowing students to follow their interests while receiving feedback from our editorial board and, for published or presented work, from the Dawson community and beyond. SPACE encourages faculty and invited members of the broader community as well to share their ideas and work.
SPACE gives students and faculty in particular programs a new means to: reach out to the rest of the college and broader community; find out what others in the community are working on; inspire, share, discuss and challenge ideas; ask big-picture questions; and even to initiate exciting collaborations. It opens up an added dimension of academic community at Dawson and, through its interdisciplinary approach, encourages participants to consider the density and complexity of the reality that we all study, whatever our framework.
SPACE believes that by sharing, discussing and questioning what we know and our ways of knowing it, we will be better able to survive and thrive in the world, both as individuals and as a community, both locally and globally.