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Published November 30, 2014 | Multidisciplinary

DawsonITE for the Week of December 1

This week’s edition of DawsonITE marks that transition into the home stretch of the semester. As we wade through the pressures of exam preparation and correction, as well as the heartbreak of the students who ‘absolutely must pass this course’, the light at the end of the tunnel beckons us with thoughts of innovation and growth in the plans for next semester’s iteration of our classes.

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