Educational Development

Professional Development

Through Centre for Higher Education Research and Development (CHERD), University of Manitoba

University Management Course (UMC) 

Senior University Administrators Course (SUAC)


General Educational Development

Developing the Developer: A One Year Development Plan and Resource for New Educational Developers

Dawson, Debra; Borin, Paola; Meadows, Ken; Britnell, Judy; Olsen, Karen; & MacIntyre, Gayle (2014). The Impact of the Instructional Skills Workshop on Faculty Approaches to Teaching. Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO).

Dawson, Debra & Britnell, Judy (2013). Developing Competency Models of Faculty Developers: Using World Café to Foster Dialogue. To Improve the Academy, Vol. 28 (3-24).

Dyjur, Patti (2014). A Blended Faculty Development Program: Strengths of the Face-to-face and Online Environments. Presented at the Educational Developers Caucus, Calgary, AB.  Slides | Handout

McDonald, Jeannette. (2011). Becoming an Educational Developer: A Canadian University Perspective. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, University of Toronto, Canada.

Moore, Craig; Bens, Susan; Dickinson, John; Hoessler, Carolyn; and Mills, Sheryl (2014). How are we doing? An evaluation framework for a curriculum development team. Presented at the Educational Developer’s Caucus, Calgary, AB.

Randall, Nancy, Heaslip, Penny, & Morrison, Diane (2013). Campus-based Educational Development & Professional Learning: Dimensions & Directions. Vancouver, BC, Canada: BCcampus.

Rogers, R. (2013). Competencies Matrices: Entry-level Faculty DeveloperSenior Faculty Developer, and Director Level. Educational Developers Caucus, Waterloo, ON.

Tannis, Derek & Bens, Susan (2014). How we inhabit and cross paths: A dialogue between educational development & student affairs. Presented at the Educational Developers Caucus, Calgary, AB. 

Taylor, Lynn; Dawson, Debra; & Chu, Stephanie T.L. (2014).  The changing face of educational development  (Participants’ artifacts). Presented at the Educational Developers Caucus, Calgary, AB.

Faculty Cyber Connections Online Module Design


Educational Developer Pathways and Related

McDonald, J., & Stockley, D. (2008). Pathways to the profession of educational development: An international perspective.International Journal for Academic Development, 13(3), 213-218.

Also see:

Amundsen, C., and Wilson, M. (2012). Are we asking the right questions? A conceptual review of educational development in higher education. Review of Educational Research 82(1), 90-126.

Gosling, D., J. McDonald and D. Stockley. 2007. We did it our way! Narratives of pathways to the profession of educational development. Issue 8.4 (November, 2007). Educational Developments. The Magazine of the Staff and Educational Development Association Ltd. (SEDA).

McAlpine, L., Amundsen, C., Clement, M., & Light, G. (2009). Challenging the assumptions of what we do as academic developers. Journal of Continuing Studies, 31(3), 261-280.

Simmons, N. 2010. Canadian Educational Development Website:  More ebb than flow? Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching (CELT). Volume 3. Article 12. p. 69-74.

Sorcinelli, M.D., A.E. Austin, P.L. Eddy and A.L. Beach. 2006. Creating the future of faculty development: Learning from the past, understanding the present. Bolton, Massachusetts:  Anker Publishing Co.


Core Competencies of Educational Developers

Dawson, D., J. Britnell, and A. Hitchcock. 2009. Developing Competency Models of Faculty Developers. Using World Café to Foster Dialogue. In L. Nilson and J.E. Miller, Eds. To Improve the Academy: Resources for faculty, instructional and organizational development. Volume 28, p. 3-24. San Francisco, CA:  Jossey-Bass/Anker.

Rodgers, R. 2012. Entry-level Faculty Developer Competencies Matrix with competencies from Dawson et al., 2009, adding current and possible new pathways to achieve each.

Note:  In chatting about the competencies, the group felt that some need to be added:  To traits:  Confidentiality; To skills:  Technical, Adaptability, Capacity-building (relates to Attitude too) and to competencies:  Coaching

Roderick, C., and F. Isukuru. 2011. Charting Forward: The career advancement of new educational developers. 2011 EDC Grant Project.

In February, 2013, Nicola Simmons (Brock University) and Ruth (Durham College) led pre-conference EDC Institute sessions related to core competencies focused around ethical practice. See related refs and more details at

2013 EDC conference at Wilfrid Laurier University, February, 2013 had as its theme, Crossing Boundaries, Building Capacity.You can find the conference program (and who presented what), as well as download the slides of keynote Connie Schroeder (click on Keynote Speaker) at


Routes and Resources for Developing ED Skills

Covey, S.R. 1989. The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. Free Press

Davis, S. and especially

Kerpen, D. 2013. 6 Secrets to Better Networking.

West, Kim. and Carolyn Hoessler. 2013. University of Saskatchewan. Rapport in educational development consultations.


Tools and Techniques for Educational Developers

Surveys and related: Background Knowledge Probe (designed by Mimi Harris Steadman at University of California, Berkeley) – has been used in a Reading and Literacy course at Phoenix College site. You can download the survey here:

A Tool for Measuring Active Learning in the Classroom and other ideas

National Survey on Student Engagement (NSSE)

Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE)

Sawada, D., M.D. Piburn, E. Judson, J. Turley, K. Falconer, R. Benford and I. Bloom. (2002). Measuring reform practices in science and

mathematics classrooms: The Reformed Teaching Observation Protocol. School Science and Mathematics: 102, 245–253.

Surveys based on self-determination theory, Purdue University

ALIT (Active Learning Inventory Tool) at Northeastern University

Also see Van Amburgh, J.A., J.W. Devlin, J.L. Kirwin and D.M. Qualters. 2007. A Tool for Measuring Active Learning in the Classroom. Am. J. Pharm. Educ. October 15; 71(5): 85.

Icebreakers and other activities for educational development events:

Also see:

Cassidy, Alice. 2011. Building Critical Reflection into CSL Group Assignments:  Show what you learned in school today. Pages 198-202. Chapter 10.5. Example Syllabi and Assignments. Global Praxis: Exploring the ethics of engagement abroad

Cassidy, A. 2010. Learning Portfolios: Creative Connections between Formal and Informal Learning. Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching (CELT), Volume 3. Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE).

Cassidy, A. 2009. 50 ways to lure your learner. Volume II, Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching (CELT). Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE);

Cassidy, A. 2009. Follow the trail from learning to teaching with real world connections. Transformative Dialogues: Teaching and Learning Journal. March 2009

Cassidy, A., M. Nabavii and Y. Sipos. 2008. Learning Objectives and Objectives. In Road to Global Citizenship: An Educators’ Toolbook.  (Harlap, Y., Editor). Centre for Teaching and Academic Growth, in collaboration with UNICEF, University of British Columbia.

Cassidy, Alice. 2007. Teaching and learning approaches. Pages 60-61. Road to Global Citizenship. An Educator’s Toolbook (Yael Harlap, Editor). Centre for Teaching and Academic Growth. University of British Columbia. Vancouver, Canada.

Cassidy, A. 2007. Learning:  The Times, the Ways, and the Places. The Teaching Professor. January, 2007. Volume 21 (1): 4.

Cassidy, A., T. Griffiths and J. Nakonechny. 2001. Concept Mapping: Mirroring processes of thinking and learning. Tapestry. Number 4. September, 2001. Centre for Teaching and Academic Growth (TAG). University of British Columbia.