Action Group

Overview: An action group formed to develop mentor and mentee relationships and related resources and to plan mentoring activities

Team Members and Steering Committee:  Isabeau Iqbal (contact:, Teresa Dawson, Ros Woodhouse, Deb Dawson, Ruth Rodgers, Heather Smith and Eric Kristensen and 26 members as mentor, mentee or mutual mentoring

Timelines: Established 2013, Ongoing

  • Action Group meeting held at EDC 2015 Conference in Winnipeg.  Full meeting notes can be found on the EDC web site:
  • BC educational developers are reviving the BC Teaching and Learning Network (BC-TLN. This will be a grass-roots type of organization, provincial focus, complementary to national EDC.  Elected: Isabeau Iqbal, Chair; Jennifer Jasper, Chair Elect; Theresa Southam, Eric Kristensen and Tracy Summerville, Members at Large.


Associated Documents/Resources:

  • Webinar #2: “The Educational Developers Portfolio: Possibilities, Purposes and Preparation” (January 26, 2016; 12 – 1:30 pm EST)
    This interactive webinar will began by exploring the question: “What is an educational developers portfolio?” Participants looked at reasons for creating an educational developers portfolio and considered what purposes a portfolio can serve.  In addition, we discussed options for portfolio creation (i.e., paper or digital).  Participants had the opportunity to create artifacts that they can include in, or add to, their portfolio.  The webinar concluded by inviting participants to reflect on their next steps for portfolio creation or development. The webinar was moderated by Debra Dawson, EDC, past-Chair. 
  • Webinar #1 “Moving on Up: Making transitions in your work as an educational developer” (December 8, 2015 12-1:30 EST)
    This is the first in a series of mentoring webinars planned to support the needs of developers in meeting their career goals. This first webinar featured three educational developers who have made transitions in the last 18 months from one university to another (Gavan Watson), from a university setting to a college setting (Natasha Hannon) and from one province to another (Natasha Kenny) and in each case they changed their position at the same time. The webinar explored issues related to preparing your career for change, managing transitions and keeping your career generative.  Below you will see the links to three short podcasts (4-6 minutes)  that each of the presenters made to summarize the points they made during the webinar.Session at EDC 2015: Notes from the session 
    include ideas around setting up mentoring at a distance including co-mentoring and groups.
  • Resources for Mentoring EDC 2014 session
  • Meeting notes from STLHE on June 21, 2013 
  • EDC Resource   
  • Mentoring Map (Map people might complete to assess what their needs are and also how they might get those needs satisfies-the idea here is that we need multiple mentors to support our growth–not just one individual.)
  • August 11, 2014: Notes from meeting
  • September 26, 2014: Notes from mini-meeting


Current Status (Jan 6, 2016)

  • First Webinar Series occurred in December 2015 (see above)
  • Two meetings since STLHE 2014
  • Priority is to establish webinars that are interactive with 3 target audiences
  1. quick 60 minute information/ interaction  session
  2. sessions for those who want a take away piece, such as how to write a educational developer’s philosophy statement
  3. linking this action group with others such as TAGSA
  • The first webinar will be launched in 2015 with the help of senior educational developers using WebX as our platform–more information on how to sign up for the webinar will follow soon
  • Mutual mentoring was explored particularly for the new directors group
  • Suggestion of the need to do a survey of members once the webinar series launched

Resources from the EDC Community

  • compilation of mentoring resources that came out of sessions held during the 2014 EDC Conference in Calgary. It includes notes from each of the three sessions along with a bibliography and a list of small task groups that formed during the final mentoring session on Friday.
  • Timmermans, J. (2014). Identifying Threshold Concepts in the Careers of Educational Developers. International Journal for Academic Development.
  • Educational Developers Mentoring Map A map people might complete to assess what their needs are and also how they might get those needs satisfies-the idea here is that we need multiple mentors to support our growth–not just one individual (T. Dawson & D. Dawson, EDC 2014).
  • Also related to this topic, see Cassidy, Alice and Jack Lee. 2011. Peer Review:  Structured, informal, confidential, helpful! Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching (CELT), Volume 4. Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE)
  • Zachary, Lois. 2011. The Mentor’s Guide: Facilitating Effective Learning Relationships and