EDC Grants for Exchanges (EDGEs)

Description:

The Educational Developers Caucus (EDC) is excited to launch a 2-year pilot of the EDGEs initiative beginning in 2018.  The EDGEs program supports the development of strong, meaningful professional networks among individuals and groups who work in the area of educational development by funding professional exchanges.

EDGEs Outcomes

The EDGEs program is intended to:

  • Support educational developers’ learning and growth through the expansion of professional networks;
  • Foster collaboration and knowledge-sharing among educational developers and teaching centres; and
  • Enable members to experience, celebrate, and reflect upon the diversity of educational developer roles and functions across Canada and beyond.

Eligibility

To be eligible for EDGEs funding, the principal applicant must be an EDC member in good standing.

Priority for Consideration

Priority will be given to proposed exchanges that meet one or more of the following criteria:

  1. Involve or support individuals who have been working in the area of educational development for 5 years or less;
  2. Involve or support individuals who are in some way isolated, owing perhaps to geography, the specific nature of their work or other factors;  
  3. Involve or support individuals who are considering or are in the midst of a career transition;
  4. Have the support of host organization(s) or institution(s), in principle and/or in kind;
  5. Result in mutual benefit for all involved parties;
  6. Identify one or more concrete outputs of their proposed exchange that are aligned to the intended EDGEs outcomes and that are meaningful for applicants, their host institution(s), home institution(s), or other audiences.  

Important Exchange Parameters

The maximum amount of funding per proposed exchange is $2000 CDN, irrespective of the format of the proposed exchange or the number of individuals involved in the exchange.  

Fundable exchanges must be a minimum of three days to a maximum of 12 months in length. Please note that multiple short trips or virtual engagements within this period are acceptable.

Funds allocated as part of the 2018 EDGEs call must be utilized between May 1, 2018 and August 30, 2019.

Possible Exchange Formats

The EDGEs initiative is intended to fund diverse forms of professional exchanges.  We encourage EDGEs applicants to think broadly and creatively about the form and structure of exchange that will best support their individual and collective growth.  Applicants may propose any of the following types of exchanges:

  • Individual exchanges: An individual visits one or more TLC(s).
  • Reciprocal exchanges: An individual from Teaching and Learning Centre (TLC) 1 visits TLC2.  An individual from TLC2 will, concurrently or during an alternate period, visit TLC1.
  • Network exchanges: A group of individuals from two or more  TLCs organizes recurring opportunities, either face-to-face, virtual or a combination of the two, to engage with each others’ centres over a span of time.
  • Other: An alternative exchange opportunity that suits the unique contexts of all involved parties.

Exchange Experience Outputs

While there are no mandatory, prescribed outputs to be generated at the conclusion of an EDGEs-supported exchange, priority consideration for funding will be given to applications that identify concrete, relevant outputs that will be meaningful for applicants, their host institution(s), home institution(s), or other audiences.  These outputs may include, but are not limited to, topical resources, templates, process maps, documented reflections, or creative products such as poems, narratives or songs.  Applicants are encouraged to think creatively about types and formats of exchange outputs that would be both feasible and valuable.

Pilot Program

It is important to note that the EDGEs initiative is a pilot program with funding limited to 2018 and 2019. The viability of the program beyond the pilot period will be assessed by the EDC Executive in 2019 and any decisions regarding the continuation of the EDGEs initiative will be communicated to the EDC membership upon the conclusion of this review.

Application Process for 2018

The inaugural call for EDGEs proposals will be released in mid-to-late February, 2018 with applications being accepted until April 6, 2018. Results of the review process will be communicated to applicants in early May 2018.Download the EDGEs Application Form-2018.

Decisions regarding funding will be determined through a peer-review process.  An EDGEs Grant Peer Review Rubric-2018 will be used to assess the quality and potential impact of the proposed exchanges.

Questions and Additional Information

Please contact Natasha Hannon (nhannon@niagaracollege.ca), EDC Vice-Chair, Awards and Recognition, with any additional queries related to EDGEs.