News & Updates

Fall 2017 STLHEgram

In this issue: email blast changes its name; meet the TAGSA conference session award winners; calling EDC 2019 hosts; learn about five new projects funded by the EDC grant program; and looking for a 2018 EDC institute host.


STLHEgram: Fall 2017 edition

Email blasts become the STLHEgram

Image of a Telegram
A new academic year also brings a new name for this STLHE newsletter. Based on feedback from fellow STLHE members outlining a dislike of the term blast (defined variously as a “a loud explosive sound” or “the act or an instance of exploding”) the newsletter will now be known as—hope you like puns—the STLHEgram (rhymes with telegram, of course!). The STLHEgram is currently published four times a year: October, January, April & July.

Image: Telegram. Use licensed under the Creative Commons.

Meet the winners of the TAGSA award for outstanding conference session led by a graduate student.

Alyona Koulanova and Aryel Maharaj, TAGSA award winnersThe Teaching Assistant and Grad Student Advancement (TAGSA) Executive Committee is incredibly pleased to announce the 2017 recipients of the TAGSA Award for Outstanding Conference Session Led by a Graduate Student at the annual meeting of STLHE in Halifax. This year, we received the highest number of applications, which explored a diverse range of topics—community-engaged learning, exploration of Canadian Aboriginal policies, and international students’ transformative learning, just to name a few. This year’s winners were Alyona Koulanova and Aryel Maharaj (pictured above), Masters students at the University of Toronto Scarborough, for their session: “Fit-breaks: A Physical Activity-Based Intervention for the University Classroom.” They have been contributing to the Healthy Campus Initiative at the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC) by creating the Fit-Breaks program, which has been implemented across several academic departments. Promoting healthy-active-living through this actionable program has led to a research project which resulted in the conference presentation. All adjudicators agreed on the clarity, cohesion and engagement in the session. 

You can read more about the presentation, the roots of the research project, and the presenters’ personal reflections in a blog post on the TAGSA website or the abstract of the presentation on the STLHE website.

Call for EDC 2019 Hosts 

The EDC executive is now accepting proposals from colleges and universities in Eastern or Western Canada to host its 2019 Annual Conference (February 2019).

We would be honoured if your institution would consider preparing a proposal to host this prestigious event.  The EDC Annual Conference attracts educational developers and partnering companies and institutions from across the country, and this year we had over 150 delegates attend the conference held in Guelph, Ontario. This presents a great opportunity for the host institution to showcase its approach to educational development. 

The deadline to submit a proposal is October 30, 2017.   

Please see the EDC website to access the required documentation, any queries, please email Celia Popovic.

Exciting New Projects Supported by the EDC Grants Program

In spring 2017, the EDC received a record number of proposals seeking grant funding for projects to advance educational development in Canada. Peer-review of the 14 applications identified the following five particularly promising projects that were awarded funds.

Faculty Attitudes Toward the Implementation of High-Impact Practices (HIPs)

Patrick Lyons, Nectario Karagiozis, Dragana Polovina-Vukovic, Rosella Ingriselli, Carleton University

Using Professional Learning Communities to Foster Scholarly Practices of Teaching

Robyne Hanley-Dafoe, Cathy Bruce, Trent University

The Canadian Context of Faculty Development Programs for Teaching Online in PSE

Alison Jeppesen, Kasey Fulton, Jennifer Thomas, Red Deer College

Academic Program Development and Review Guide

Frances Kalu, Lindsay Penner, Kelly Hoglund, University of Calgary

Formative Feedback for Teaching Development: Resources, Strategies and Techniques

Cheryl Jeffs, University of Calgary

Congratulations to the grant recipients and thank you to all of the applicants for your dedication to educational development. Many thanks also to Kris Knorr (McMaster University), EDC Grants Coordinator, for his significant investment of time, energy and expertise in support of this program.

Host the 2018 EDC Institute!

The Educational Developers Caucus is now accepting proposals to host the 2018 EDC Institute. 

The EDC Institute is an intense, extended, development opportunity for newer and experienced Educational Developers to develop skills to help facilitate the development of teaching and learning skills in others; in particular teaching assistants and faculty members. It is intended to facilitate an in-depth development of skills and to provide opportunities to develop and share knowledge and values. New this year is a more intentional emphasis on using the EDC Living Plan to guide the Institute’s activities and an emphasis on the use of technology to shape the Institute experience. 

The complete call for proposals, including the proposal submission form, can be found on the EDC Institute website.

The deadline to submit a proposal is Tuesday, October 31. Questions can be directed to Lisa Endersby, Coordinator, EDC Institute.

Upcoming Events & Dates

EDC Grant Call, Fall 2017: Proposals for projects that aim to advance informed practice and available resources for educational development in Canada are due on or before October 31, 2017.

EDC Awards Nominations: Nomination packages for the EDC Distinguished Career and Leadership Awards are due by 4:30 PM on Friday, November 3, 2017.

Thanks for reading this far!

The STLHEgram was prepared by the Secretary, Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, with submissions from constituency group and STLHE board members.

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