Future Institutes

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The institute is comprised of two streams, one for newer developers with up to 3 years experience, and one for more experienced developers.  We hope the institute for newer developers will be offered every year and the strand for experienced developers to run at least every second year. The institute ideally offers professional development for both groups. In the past the two groups have worked in parallel and have intersected as well, to mutual advantage; a format we encourage.


  • Intense, extended, interactive experience
  • Informed by the literature in educational development and related literature
  • Low cost, with relatively inexpensive accommodation for 3 full days


The Institute for New Developers

This part of the institute is appropriate for those in the first three years in their role. Facilitators can assume participants have some experience teaching and working with teaching assistants or with faculty members in a development role.  Those attending the institute may have been in their role for 1-3 years or may be experienced faculty members preparing to take on an educational development role.

Some common components include:

  • Needs assessment survey of the current cohort before the event. This allows hosts to refine the institute for the participants in the current group.

Institute topics may include:

  • Evolution and development of educational development in Canada (U.S., U.K, Australia)
  • Programming options and center formats
  • Development of core skills in facilitation
  • The challenges of working with peers or more experienced instructors
  • Practice applying and refining skills
  • Preparation and organization of ED events
    Identification of existing skills and knowledge toward development of a personal development plan to develop ED knowledge and skills.

Desirable outcomes:

  • Increased educational development knowledge and skills
  • Closer connections with ED colleagues
  • New reusable institute elements such as outlines, slides, templates and materials and that can be run and further developed in subsequent years in future EDC events.


The Institute for Advanced Developers

The institute for advanced developers addresses advanced topics in educational development such as providing leadership at an institutional level. This session assumes familiarity with skills and roles of newer developers and focuses on issues related to broadening the impact and effectiveness of ED efforts. These sessions may vary more widely from year to year than the institute for the newer developers and may focus on new developments in the field, urgent needs within educational development, or development of leadership skills for senior developers and new center directors.

Possible topics

  • Change/organizational management – developing a plan
  • Financial management/ accommodating funding restrictions/ Working with a shrinking budget/making hard decisions
  • Educational development centre portfolios
  • New director skillset
  • Evaluating the impact of our efforts
  • Creating and running a program (e.g., new faculty, TA development, mid-career faculty, experiential learning initiative)
  • Working with senior administration/ Communicating with senior administration
  • Developing a sustainable plan
  • Mentorship and developing and encouraging involvement on campus
  • Finding help (networking, on-campus colleagues, etc.)
  • Organizational development insights for educational developers
  • Importance of developing  and sustaining a ED unit vision
  • Strategic Planning

Desirable Outcomes:

  • Reusable elements such as outlines, slides, templates and materials that can be built on in subsequent years by fellow EDC members. As a collaborative volunteer organization we aim to share materials produced and to allow others to modify and build on materials provided. 
  • Alternatively, the group may focus together on a focused topic as was done in 2012 with ED portfolios working together on a common topic, toward a shared understanding, goal or product.

Who can run an EDC institute?

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Any EDC member, or retired member with a history of involvement and experience in Educational Development (preferably based at a college or university) may offer to host 

We encourage collaborations between:

  • educational institutions
  • colleges and universities
  • colleagues (involvement of colleagues nearby to assist in parts of the institute for panel discussions, to offer a talk, to facilitate part of the day are encouraged; since we are a volunteer organization, we are unable to offer additional registration or honoraria unless this is built into the cost structure of the event at the outset


  • This is not intended be commercial or revenue generating; this is for and by our community on a cost-recovery basis
  • Proposals will be reviewed and a decision made by the EDC Executive based on the criteria in the proposal form.

Who should attend?

    • New and advanced developers
    • Those wishing to enter or explore the field of educational development
    • Those wishing to develop advanced or leadership skills in Educational Development
    • Faculty members, TAs and GAs, Instructional assistants; anyone at a College or university whose work involves helping others to develop teaching skills and the ability to bring about learning


The table below shows how the scheduling looks for upcoming EDC Institute, the EDC Conference and the STLHE conference.

  2013 2014 2015 2016
February – EDC conference Wilfrid Laurier U of Calgary U of Manitoba U of Windsor
June        – STLHE Cape Breton U & Cdn Coast Guard Queens U SFU & UBC Western U
EDC Institute
None UBC York U  TBD



As a volunteer organization, we rely on members to freely contribute their time and energy. However, while surplus funds are available, the Institute will provide $2,000 to support up-front costs of planning and organizing the event. These funds are expected to be reimbursed upon completion of the institute.

  • Honoraria – If facilitators wish to include an honorarium (perhaps to help defray expenses for a facilitator attending from a distance) this should be included in the budget of the event.
  • Cost Recovery – The institute is not intended to be revenue generating. Any revenue generated is divided between the EDC and the host institute.
  • Bursaries – Up to two registration-only bursaries may be possible if surplus funds are available. Those applying for a bursary must be registered members of the EDC. These funds are particularly intended for full or part-time newer or senior developers facing budgetary constraints. These bursaries may not be awarded every year and are not generally intended for students. See proposal form below

Ongoing resources

We aim to build an ongoing set of resources we can place on our website for “just in time” access when new developers need the material, particularly for newer developers. These materials are available on our website for those unable to attend the institute or who are hired or interested following the institute. Please note the usual copyright regulations apply to any reference lists of resources, including urls for resources available online. Likewise, please ensure any original materials properly credit the authors and that permissions are secured for any images and other copyrighted materials as required.

If you are preparing materials for use in the institute, please flag any potentially reusable parts of the institute, for example:

  • Developing a strategic plan
  • ED development history
  • The role of the educational developer
  • Essential skills for the profession
  • Various models of ED development
  • Handouts for posting online
  • PowerPoint slides
  • Reference list with links to any online articles 

EDC Institute Bursary

The EDC Institute Bursary is intended to help make it possible for Educational Developer members to attend the Institute. The fund is dependent upon the availability of EDC surplus funds, and may not be available or granted every year. The bursary covers only the cost of Institute registration.

Priority will be given to:

  • New educational developers working at teaching and learning centers or equivalent.
  • Experienced Developers with little or no institutional funding.
  • Developers in the region where the institute is being held.
  • Please briefly make the case for receiving and EDC Institute bursary and send it to:

Carolyn Hoessler

VP Professional Development
EDC Executive


Bursary Criteria

EDC Members who are full-time undergraduate and graduate students, full or part-time educational developers are eligible to apply to the EDC bursary fund to receive financial assistance to attend the institute. The bursary covers the registration fee. The exact amount of the bursary will depend on the number of successful applications.

To apply to the fund, please include your name and contact information (indicte if you live in the region hosting the event), the name of your institution and your program, your position title and employer (if you are currently working in the field of educational development) and a 250-word statement indicating why you wish to attend the institute, and how your attendance will further your professional development and career planning.

Please email your application to Jordanne Christie, EDC Vice-Chair, Conferences (jordanne.christie@durhamcollege.ca) by the deadline date.