2017 Institute

EDC Institute 2017: Developing an Educational Developer’s Portfolio: A Hands-on Experience

The 2017 Institute offered in a blended format with two online webinars (60-90 minutes) scheduled for May 16 and June 1 and an intensive face-to-face (F2F) workshop June 23-25. The F2F meeting will take place at the end of the STLHE conference in Halifax, Nova Scotia beginning at 3pm on the Friday and concluding at 1 pm on the Sunday.

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Why a Portfolio?

Effective educational developers are not only knowledgeable and skilled, but are able to articulate how and why they do, what they do. The educational developer’s portfolio (Stanley, 2001; Wright & Miller, 2000) provides a mechanism for educational developers to document, reflect upon, and use as a tool to navigate an educational development career within and across varied institutional and regional contexts. This type of portfolio provides evidence of impact of the work in which individual educational developers engage. It also provides a forum to demonstrate the beliefs and values which guide their practices and approaches to educational development. Drawing upon their own personal, professional, and scholarly experiences as well as the tools, resources, and examples found in the first EDC Guide: The Educational Developer’s Portfolio, the facilitators (who are also four of the Guide authors) will work with participants toward creating a foundation for their portfolios.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the Institute, participants should be able to:

  • explain the similarities and differences between teaching and educational developer portfolios
  • assess their level of knowledge, skills, and attributes for their current career stage
  • identify areas of growth and sources of professional support for ongoing career development and progression;
  • articulate in writing their educational development philosophy statement
  • describe what they do in their educational development practice, how, and why
  • identify artifacts and potential feedback mechanisms to provide evidence and impact of their practice
  • complete a working draft of their portfolio

Dates, Times, and Location

Online Webinars

  • May 16 and June 1 (optional post F2F webinar – TBD) | 60 to 90 minutes in length
  • Start Time: 10 am Pacific | 11 am Mountain |12 noon Central |1 pm Eastern | 2 pm Atlantic | 2:30 NFLD

Face-to-Face (St. Mary’s University, Halifax Nova Scotia)

  • Friday June 23 | 3 to 6 pm
  • Saturday June 24 | 9 am to 5:30 pm
  • Sunday June 25 | 9 am to 1 pm


  • Registration: opens March 1st (please register by April 30)
  • $255 per person
  • A minimum of 12 and a maximum 20 individuals is required to run the Institute
  • Registration fees include refreshments, two lunches (June 24 and 25), and all program materials
  • Participants must have at least one year of experience working in educational development to participate
  • Cancellation Policy : cancel on or before April 30th – fees returned less a $50 administration fee; no refunds after April 30

Program Facilitators

  • Dr. Judy Chan, University of British Columbia
  • Dr. Debra Dawson, Western University
  • Dr. Isabeau Iqbal, University of British Columbia
  • Dr. Jeanette McDonald, Wilfrid Laurier University 

Institute Format

This institute will be presented in a blended format with participants completing two virtual workshops online prior to coming together for an intensive workshop directly following the STLHE 2017 conference in Halifax. There will also be an optional follow-up workshop presented online after the Institute. Throughout the Institute participants will engage in group discussion and a variety of hands-on, reflective activities, including written exercises and peer feedback (oral/written).


In the FIRST session, we will provide a welcome and overview of the Institute program. From there we will explore the possibilities and potential of the educational developer portfolio to the field of educational development and to our own professional practice. In the process we will review the anatomy of a portfolio, begin to identify portfolio content, and examine how educational developer portfolios are similar to and different from teaching portfolios.

In the SECOND session, we will investigate the underlying values and beliefs that inform and shape our educational development and teaching practices. We will also examine potential artifacts to include in your portfolio. Be prepared to bring at least two of those artifacts with you to the face-to-face workshop.


  • Prior to each webinar participants will be sent materials to guide them in their reflective process and to prepare for each webinar.
  • Participants will be asked to complete a short online survey prior to the first webinar.
  • After the first and second webinar, there will be follow up work to complete that will feed into preparing a draft philosophy statement that each participant is asked to bring with them to the face-to-face workshop.
  • Each webinar will be recorded and shared with participants for subsequent review.


We will start with a review of the educational developer’s philosophy statement, working in small groups to review and edit each other’s draft statements. Next we will engage in various self-assessment exercises to appraise the level and type of knowledge, skills, and abilities we each bring to our professional practice. In so doing, we will examine the competencies and characteristics foundational to the practice of educational development at various career stages. From there, having identified areas of strength and areas that may need growth, participants will create an action plan to support continued professional development across the lifespan of their career.

From there, we will introduce a framework that will help you document your professional practice; make connections between what you do, how and why; and provide evidence of your impact and effectiveness as an educational developer. We will also explore the artifacts you have selected to include in your portfolio, consider various feedback mechanisms for reflecting on and evaluating your practice, and discuss next steps for continued portfolio development post-Institute, including an optional post-Institute online webinar .


Lord Nelson

  • conference rate extended until June 25 ($169 + taxes for classic room)
  • contact the hotel directly to make reservations; mention STLHE:  http://lordnelsonhotel.ca/

St. Mary’s University (SMU) residence (room block held until April 23rd only)

  • Contact SMU directly to make reservations | 1-888-347-5555 give name “STLHE Post-conference” http://www.smu.ca/about/halifax-summer-accommodations.html 
  • Single room (shared bathroom) $56.95
  • Double room (shared bathroom) $99.95
  • 3 bedroom apartment with in suite bathroom $142.95
  • *includes taxes, parking, hot buffet breakfast, wifi, athletic pass

For more information or if you have questions, please contact:

Jeanette McDonald

Jeanette.mcdonald123@gmail.com | 519-241-2809