News & Updates

STLHEgram – April 2019

Note from the President      

Dr. Denise Stockley, STLHE PresidentWelcome to Spring! As we dust off the cobwebs of the winter and look forward to Spring, I encourage everyone to think about their own spring cleaning or renewal. I find that at this time of year I have renewed energy, purpose, and hope. From a STLHE perspective this translates to my anticipation for our upcoming conference in Winnipeg as the early bird registration is open and the program is shaping up to be a very exciting opportunity to network and engage with each other. In addition, we celebrate all our 2018 STLHE Awards at the Opening Plenary where we honour and recognize our new Fellows and Award recipients. I encourage you to bring your pom poms, your celebratory signs, and noise makers, let’s welcome these individuals and team into our STLHE family and recognize their achievements. We should also celebrate the amazing work of the individuals who wrote in support of an application, the nominators, adjudicators, coordinators and our Awards and Partnership Chairs that make this all possible.

 

Announcing Teaching and Learning Networks!

STLHE is excited to announce a new affiliated group category: Teaching and learning Networks or TLNs.

What are TLNs? TLNs are Member-led networks that are teaching and learning focused and regional, national, or international in scope. TLNs provide a forum to:

  • create awareness;
  • initiate conversation;
  • explore and exchange ideas, insights, and perspectives;
  • create collegial connections; and
  • share or develop resources and more on teaching and learning issues, topics, or areas of interest.

Who has TLN status? Already we have two TLNs: Teaching Stream Faculty and Science Teaching and Learning. Learn more about these networks and how to join by visiting the Society website and clicking on TLNs under the Affiliated Groups tab.

Applying: A straightforward application process makes it easy for any Member(s) in good standing to apply. Submit your application to the Partnerships Chair with the following information:

  • the name of your Teaching and Learning Network;
  • a rationale for establishing the group, including its intended goal(s), purpose, and focus;
  • a brief plan to recruit members and collaborate as a group;
  • the signatures of no fewer than eight (8) Members from multiple institutions or regions, who are committed to maintaining the TLN; and
  • the contact of one or two petitioning Members to serve as group leader or convener.

Upon Board approval of official TLN status, the formation of the group is recognized. Refer to Policy 6 for more information on maintaining TLN status (no formal governance structure).

Supports: Policy 9 outlines administrative supports for Affiliated Groups. There is also a modest grant program that provides seed money to support TLN initiatives.

Getting Started: The upcoming STLHE conference is the perfect time to connect with individuals and build the groundwork for forming a TLN.

Contact the Partnerships Chair for more information.

First Online EDC Conference

EDC 2019 Conference LogoThe 2019 EDC Conference was held fully online for the first time in February, addressing the theme Positive Resilience and the Future of ED(C). The conference attracted the largest number of participants, with over 220 participants from across Canada including representation from 11 countries (UK, Belgium, Australia, Qatar, New Zealand, and others). During the four days of the conference participants selected from three interactive keynotes, ten workshops, and 18 asynchronous showcase items, and the virtual resources remain available to our community. A globe with red pins marking the location of EDC 2019 participants.As virtual conferences do not provide the same opportunities for networking as face-to-face conferences, the organizing committee encouraged colleagues to meet in groups and to host local networking events. The virtual format allowed expenses for participants to be exceptionally low, and group attendance was further encouraged through group rates. The local networking opportunities received strong positive feedback from participants. Lessons learned from the online experience will be explored for ways to increase engagement in the future, particularly for those unable to travel or access conference funds. In 2020 we look forward to gathering in Halifax, hosted by Dalhousie University and Mount Saint Vincent University.

Apply for the 2019 TAGSA Award

Graduate students who have had presentations approved for presentation at the 2019 STLHE conference in Winnipeg, MB are encouraged to apply for the TAGSA Outstanding Conference Session Led by a Graduate Student. If you are a graduate student who is leading a presentation at the conference, you can apply for the award. Established in 2013, the award recognizes a graduate student who facilitates an outstanding student-led session at the STLHE conference. The award includes a certificate, reimbursement of conference registration fees, and a one-year complimentary membership to TAGSA and STLHE. The recipient will also have their work promoted through various STLHE media communications and social media. Hurry! The deadline for applications is Monday, May 13, 2019. Please apply via email to tagsa@stlhe.ca.

Awards Portfolio Update

A warm welcome to Jovan Groen as the new coordinator of the Alan Blizzard Award. Jovan has been a member of STLHE since 2009, and is a Senior Research and Evaluation Analyst within the Teaching and Learning Support Service at the University of Ottawa. He has served on numerous internal grant and funding committees at the University of Ottawa and is an awards judge for the QS Global Reimagine Education Awards and as Chair of Excellence Awards for the Canada-Wide Science Fair. In addition to the administrative responsibilities of the role, Jovan hopes to find additional ways to share the many exciting projects and exemplary work of the STLHE community.

A huge thank you to the coordinators and Adjudicators who have been busy over the past few months. We know that volunteering as a coordinator or an adjudicator is a considerable time commitment. We appreciate all the passion and commitment you bring to the roles and are very grateful to have you as part of the Awards teams. It is only because of you that we can have a successful Awards program. 

Thank you, too, to everyone who nominated colleagues for this year’s Awards. Deciding on the Award recipients was a challenging task as each nomination package was of very high quality. We look forward to celebrating all of the 2019 Award recipients at the conference in Manitoba.

EDC Grants – Call for Spring 2019 Applications and Reviewers & Fall 2018 Recipients

Are you an EDC member looking for funding for a project that would make a difference to educational development in Canada? Educational Developer Caucus grant proposals (between $500 to $3000) are due April 30. 

We are also seeking proposal reviewers.  If you’re an EDC member and interested in this role, please contact EDC Grants Coordinator, Kris Knorr.

Here are our stellar grant winners from Fall 2018:

  • Assessing and enhancing the rigour of SoTL research across disciplines, Jill McSweeney-Flaherty, Matthew Schnurr, Dalhousie University.
  • Counting Our Way Up: Centres for Teaching and Learning in the Audit Culture, Jessica Raffoul, Allyson Skene, Laura Chittle, University of Windsor.

EDC Looking for Coordinator Positions

The Educational Developers Caucus is seeking members to fill the following Coordinator positions:

Additionally, we invite our members to join the following Action Groups:

  • Recommendations to the EDC on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
  • Inclusivity and Diversity for Educational Developers and the EDC.

For expressions of interest, please contact the Secretary of the EDC, Mandy Frake-Mistak.

Upcoming Events & Dates

STLHE 2019 Student Bursary Fund Deadline. April 10, 2019.

STLHE 2019 Annual Conference Early Bird Registration Deadline. April 30, 2019.

EDC Grant Proposal Deadline. April 30, 2019.

TAGSA Award Deadline. May 13, 2019.

STLHE 2019 Annual Conference. Winnipeg, MB. June 11-14, 2019.


Thanks for reading this far: we wish you the best for the end of the Winter semester!

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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