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 EDC Institute reflects the priorities found in the EDC Living Plan and attracts Educational Developers from a variety of backgrounds, diverse institutions, and with varying years of experience in the field. Past Institute topics have included:

  • Facilitation Skills
  • Building your Educational Developer Portfolio
  • The Changing Face of Higher Education
  • What is Educational Development?



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:

Natasha Patrito Hannon
Vice Chair, Awards and Recognition
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 Natasha Patrito Hannon, EDC Vice-Chair, Awards and Recognition (nhannon@niagaracollege.ca) by the deadline date.