Accreditation

Programs accredited by the EDC

Institution

Program Name

Target Audience

Contact Name and Email

Date for Renewal

Humber College

Culturally Inclusive Educator Certificate Program

All

Bianca Sorbera

BiancaA.Sorbera@humber.ca

20 June 2022

Humber College

The Teaching Effectiveness Certificate Program

All

Bianca Sorbera

BiancaA.Sorbera@humber.ca

20 June 2022

University of Victoria

Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (LATHE) Graduate Certificate

Graduate Students

Cynthia Korpan

tatrain@uvic.ca

26 October 2021

Red Deer College

Excellence in Teaching and Learning Career Development Certificate

Faculty

Alison Jeppesen

Alison.Jeppesen@rdc.ab.ca

31 October 2021

Dalhousie

Teaching assistant enrichment program

TAs

Suzanne Sheffield

Suzanne.Sheffield@Dal.Ca

8 November 2021

York University

EduCATE

Faculty

Mandy Frake Mistak

mfmistak@yorku.ca

13 November 2021

York University

TACT

TAs

Natasha May

maynat@yorku.ca

13 November 2021

University of Waterloo

Fundamentals of University Teaching program

TAs

Svitlana Taraban-Gordon

staraban@uwaterloo.ca

13 November 2021

Western Medical school

Advanced Methods of Teaching/Advanced Methods of Course Design

Faculty

Mark Weyers

mweyers@uwo.ca

15 November 2021

 

Programs that have achieved EDC accreditation are entitled to include the EDC logo on their promotional material including website and course/program certificate. Download the EDC logo files here.


EDC Accreditation Framework and Reviewers’ Tool 

Aims of the Framework

The Educational Developers Caucus (EDC) EDC Accreditation Framework aims to provide a means to ensure high quality provision of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programs at Canadian post-secondary institutions. It is designed to be flexible enough to be used with any program, yet structured to provide a consistency of approach such that any program accredited by EDC may be assumed to have met EDC values of open community, collaboration, ethical practice, and scholarly approach. This is not accreditation of individuals who participate in programs. In order to be eligible for accreditation a program typically includes:

  • Learning outcomes
  • Assessments
  • Aligned activities

A set of workshops or events that do not include these three elements is unlikely to meet accreditation expectations.

The Framework provides a basis for providers to describe and self-evaluate their programs. Reviewers will use the Framework as a basis for a collegial discussion. This discussion is intended to drive a developmental process that will result in a robust program. At the end of the process the reviewers will determine if the program has met EDC minimum standards.

In order to achieve EDC accreditation a program provider is expected to provide evidence of how the program meets the EDC minimum standards, or an explanation as to why those requirements may not be appropriate in a given instance. This process means that all programs with EDC accreditation are known to have met minimum requirements. The accreditation process is deliberately flexible to allow for a range of different approaches to CPD to be included while providing a consistency and minimum expectation. The framework does not require programs to run for a specified time period, nor to contain specific content, instead it is intended to be flexible enough to meet a wide range of provision and yet robust enough to be useful. The accreditation process is not about prescription, it is about ensuring EDC values are recognized and implemented.

The framework relates to the EDC Living Plan with particular regard to:

  • Engaging Our Community
  • Building Resources
  • Organizational Development/Facilitating Change
  • Teaching and Learning Quality

The Framework adds to the growing sense of collegiality among Canadian educational developers, and hence helps in Engaging Our Community, since it was created by EDC members and seeks to reflect our joint values and professional standards. The Framework is a resource in itself (Building Resources) and will assist in ensuring an agreed minimum standard of provision for educational development programs in Canada. The ability to confirm that an institution’s programs meet the EDC Framework will assist in the task of Organizational Development and Facilitating Change, since this will help to raise the credibility and profile of teaching centres with programs recognized through this process. The central aim of the Framework is to enhance Teaching and Learning Quality.

Program submissions are reviewed using the Reviewers’ Comment Sheet for the following:

  • appropriate, up to date, evidence informed materials used in the course (content)
  • clearly defined course learning outcomes aligned with assessment methods and activities
  • the application of evidence-based practice
  • active engagement by participants
  • the appropriateness of the program’s format and structure
  • the methods used to assess candidate achievement
  • a system to enable continuous improvement of the program
  • the management and accountability structures of the provider
  • the commitment of the provider to continuous improvement and quality assurance.
  • institutional support and resource, including release time and any constraints

While we accept proposals at any time of the year, successful accreditation is approved by the EDC Accreditation Commitee which meets twice a year – November and March. Certificates are awarded at the following EDC or STLHE conference.

The Review Process

The review process relies on the collegiality of the EDC community. In order to engage in the process, the institution that houses the program must agree to provide reviewers for two other programs. An institution may submit an unlimited number of programs for review, but they must commit to performing twice as many reviews. An institution or centre may share the work between members as they see fit.

The process is outlined below:

  1. Institute or Centre A, decides to seek EDC accreditation for a program. They may access past reviews through application to the EDC Accreditation Committee in order to understand the process.
  2. The applicant completes the initial document of intention. This application is sent to the EDC accreditation committee.
  3. The Chair of the EDC Accreditation Committee reviews the application and checks for suitability for review. If the application is suitable, the Chair allocates the form to two reviewers. Reviewer 1 (R1) and Reviewer 2 (R2) have different roles (Reviewer 2 likely to be the less experienced of the reviewers). Successful applicants become reviewers, and are expected to act as R1 for at least one program and R2 for at least one other. The reviewers complete an initial review independent of each other.
  4. R1 contacts R2; they meet or phone to discuss the application. The reviewers decide if they need additional information from the applicant and request as necessary.  If possible, they agree on an outcome:
    1. Accept without changes
    2. Suggest minor revisions
    3. Suggest major changes
    4. Reject
      1. If there is no agreement, R1 and R2 submit their response back to the Chair who allocates a 3rd Reviewer drawn from the Accreditation Committee. The 3rd reviewer breaks the deadlock.
  1. R1 informs the applicant of the outcome of the reviewers’ discussion and arranges a meeting with the reviewers and the applicant if appropriate. It is within the discretion of the applicant whether they wish to meet if the outcome is 1 or 4 above.
  2. After the meeting, R1 informs the EDC Accreditation Committee of the outcome of the process.
  3. The Chair of the EDC accreditation Committee updates the spreadsheet Record of Accreditation to reflect the outcome. This information is maintained on the EDC Website.
  4. Appeals, concerns, issues are referred to the EDC accreditation committee for resolution.

Please send your completed documentation to the Chair of the EDC Accreditation Committee cpopovic@yorku.ca

 

Notes

  • Accreditation lasts for 5 years, after which time the process must be repeated. A 2nd form is used for re-accreditation after 5 years that focuses on changes and updates to program. This form has not yet been designed.
  • When rejected applications are re-submitted, the applicant indicates that this is a resubmission and the changes that have been made in response to the initial review.  
  • A spreadsheet is maintained in Google docs to record when applications are sent in, the names of contact, reviewers, the outcome of the review, and the date for resubmission.
  • The process accredits programs not people. The Committee sends a certificate to the applicant to indicate the accreditation has been made for the named program and for the stipulated period of time (5 years).
  • The Committee writes an Annual Report for EDC executive that details annual activity including the number of programs involved, how many accredited versus not and why not, and exemplars.

Full EDC Accreditation Framework and Reviewers’ Tool document