2015 ICED Council Report: From the Presidents’ Desk

Robert_225STLHE is a member “network” of the International Consortium for Educational Development

One of my most important tasks as STLHE President is to be our liaison with other societies like ours around the world. To this end, I have the honour to sit on the Council of the International Consortium for Educational Development (ICED). The STLHE was one of the founding members of ICED, and the annual Council brings together a global network of the leaders of national networks for teaching and learning in higher education. The ICED Council met in June in Victoria BC, just prior to our own annual conference in Vancouver, and it was a privilege, as the Canadian representative and host, to sit around a table with colleagues from 17 different countries on five continents. In addition to connecting with our friends from other founding networks such as POD (US), SEDA (UK) and HERDSA (Australia), I reconnected with our colleagues from South Africa, whom I had the pleasure of hosting earlier in April on their North American research tour. It was inspiring to get to know current ICED President, Helen Guerin of Ireland, and to meet the editors of ICED’s journal, IJAD (International Journal for Academic Development—see below for a low-cost subscription).

Helping build ED capacity worldwide

ICED’s purpose is to build ED capacity internationally by establishing new networks, developing fledgling ones, and nurturing the more established ones like ours by collegial mentoring and the sharing of knowledge and resources. This year, to take just one example, we heard a report from HELTASA—our sister Society in South Africa and upcoming host of the ICED Conference in 2016—who were working on an initiative called the “SAULT Forum” (Southern Africa Universities Learning and Teaching Forum). This is a project to develop teaching and learning in higher education in the other countries of southern Africa, including Namibia, Mozambique, and Zimbabwe, where there currently exist no functioning ED networks. Unlike in South Africa, where ED is directly supported by the federal government, these other counties are challenged by extremely limited resources and political instability. Nevertheless, both mentoring and research-sharing pathways have been established, and models for establishing national ED networks are being offered by Kenya and South Africa. In support of projects like these, ICED’s member networks are asked wherever possible to contribute a small percentage of their membership fees. I am pleased to report that the STLHE Board voted at its June meeting to maintain and extend our support of ICED’s work by contributing $5000 per year for the next three years. In this way our individual and institutional membership fees help build teaching and learning capacity both at home and abroad.

Low-price subscriptions to IJAD

An important part of ICED’s work is the dissemination of scholarship via its peer-reviewed Taylor&Francis journal, IJAD. Did you know that STLHE members are entitled to a low-cost subscription? Because we belong to a member network of ICED, each of us can purchase a personal subscription for only $47 US (instead of $192). Not only do you get an top-notch peer-reviewed ED journal, but your subscription supports ICED’s work through the royalties it receives from T&F. It’s very simple: just email societies@tandf.co.uk requesting the $USD 47 rate as a member of STLHE. You’ll get a quick response followed by an emailed invoice, payable online by credit card. STLHE members might also think about becoming a regional co-editor of IJAD: it has four continental co-editors and four associate editors, and in the past our very own Lynn Taylor and Lynn McAlpine have been among them. Just contact one of the co-editors on the IJAD homepage to express interest.

ICED Continental Symposium

ICED holds an international conference every two years, most recently in Sweden (2014) and next year in South Africa (November 22-25, 2016). This year, for the first time a smaller “Continental Symposium” was held in the off-year in conjunction with the annual ICED Council meeting. This took place immediately after the Council meeting in Victoria BC on June 14 and 15, and was generously hosted by McMaster’s MIIETL (Institute for Innovation and Excellence in Teaching & Learning). Under the theme of “Evidence Based Educational Development,” over fifty participants from around the world discussed the role of context in determining both the form of evidence-based practices and the measurement of their impact. STLHE is very grateful to Arshad Ahmad and his MIIETL team for hosting and moderating this excellent event, and a special shout-out to our Canadian presenters Brad Wuetherick, Harry Huball, and 2013 3M Student Fellow Anita Acai.

Going Forward

I would be happy to be the conduit of any ideas, information, or questions that STLHE members may have for ICED and its work. Just get in touch with me directly < rlapp@mta.ca > and I will convey them to Helen and the other members of the ICED Board. I also encourage you to visit ICED online and think of ways you might get involved in its exciting projects around the world. Why not join me at ICED 2016 in Cape Town, South Africa, 22-25 November. See you there!