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Fall 2018 STLHEgram

Proposed new special interest group for sessional faculty

Hand-drawn image of a sign with the title Mentoring and Developing Sessional Staff. Used under the terms of the Creative Commons license.No longer a temporary solution, sessional faculty are an integral and permanent part of post-secondary education. Through STLHE, we have an opportunity to support this often forgotten faculty through a new special interest group (SIG). Scott Thomson (University of New Brunswick) is interested in working with others to form a SIG for sessional faculty with a potential focus on development programs for sessional instructors, methods to attract sessionals to these programs, and creating a nationwide mentoring program. STLHE is the perfect place to encourage all faculty to continually search for innovative approaches to teaching. We just need to welcome more sessional faculty to the party.

Please contact Scott Thomson if you are interested in supporting the formation of a new SIG for sessional faculty, have thoughts and ideas for its focus/direction, or want to learn more or help in general.

SoLE grants announced; second round of funding open

The 3M Council of National Fellows for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (3M Council) is pleased to share that Dr. Isabelle Barrette-Ng (3M NTF 2018) and her University of Calgary colleagues, Dr. Mindi Summers and Dr. Yuen-ying Carpenter, were the successful recipients of the 3M Council’s Scholarship of Leadership in Education (SoLE) funding in the Spring of 2018. 

With a $7500 grant, the team will investigate the question of: Can a SoTL research practice in STEM graduate students be cultivated by building a structured community of practice? The project will be based around two new courses running in the winter 2019 semester, with subsequent interviews of participating students and faculty.

The 3M Council has decided to open up a 2nd SoLE grant competition in 2018. The deadline for this round is November 16, 2018.  Terms of Reference and the application process can be found online. We hope to award up to two additional grants. Applications should be sent, as a Word document, to the Chair of the 3M Council.

2018 EDC Not Just Another Webinar coming soon!

Not just another webinar graphic We are thrilled by the interest in our upcoming series, Not Just Another Webinar—we already have over 40 registrants ready to engage in the series of online interactive workshops and discussion-based sessions facilitated by EDC Action Groups. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about preventing burnout in our work; critical questions and stories of indigenization; approaching the issue of free speech as an educational developer; using Mastermind Groups in educational development practice; how to evaluate and communicate the value of educational development work; and supporting graduate students in a changing employment climate.  

We have a few spots remaining for colleagues still interested in attending. Registration is free for all EDC Members, and non-EDC Members will be charged a nominal fee of $22.50 to attend any and all sessions.

EDC Member registration; Non-EDC Member registration

EDC approves proposals for two new action groups

Two new action groups have been approved by the EDC executive. The are:

Early Career Action Group This group has formed to investigate the experience (e.g. challenges, opportunities, lived experiences) of being an early-career educational developer (i.e. within the first 5-6 years of working as an ED).

Curriculum Mapping Action Group The purpose of this action group is to initiate a national conversation about curriculum mapping, and to gather and share information and best practices to inform policy and practice across the Canadian post-secondary sector.

Lastly, EDC members often collaborate as part of Communities of Practice as well as Action Groups. If any of our members would like more information or to submit a proposal for a new Community of Practice, please contact Mandy Frake-Mistak (EDC Secretary).


New ED guide now available: Centre Reviews: Strategies for Success

Cover page from new ED guideWe’re thrilled to announce the release of Centre Reviews: Strategies for Success, the Educational Developers Caucus third guide in its Educational Development Guide Series. A comprehensive, practical text focused on the preparation and conduct of Centre reviews, this Guide is the first on this topic in Canada and beyond.

Authors: Donna E. Ellis, Stephanie T.L. Chu, Celia Popovic, Carol Rolheiser, Suzanne Le-May Sheffield, Peter Wolf, and W. Alan Wright.

Visit the Educational Developers Caucus website to get your copy!

Call for reviewers: EDC resource review

The Fall edition of the EDC Resource Review is putting out a call for reviewers! This edition of the EDC Resource Review is looking at Diversity and Inclusion – Creating Global Citizens. Check out the blog to see a list of suggested resources. If you have something else that you’d like to review, you are free to do that and submit the review to Mel Young. If you have any questions, please contact Mel Young!


EDC program accreditation

If you are interested in ensuring your professional development programs are of high quality and conform to the Canadian Educational Development context, you may wish to consider EDC accreditation. This is a peer-based process that has been available for three years, developed by and for Canadians, in consultation with the Canadian sector, and coordinated by the Educational Developers Caucus (EDC). For more information see the EDC website.


Thanks for reading this far: while we hope that the frost doesn’t appear too soon on your local patch of “punkins” (with apologies to James Whitcomb Riley), the STLHE board does send you best wishes for a lively & enjoyable Thanksgiving!

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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