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Fall 2016 Update

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New Vice-President appointed to STLHE board

Tim LoblawWe are pleased to announce that Tim Loblaw has been appointed by the STLHE board to the Vice-President portfolio.

Tim, currently the Coordinator, Teaching & Learning Enhancement at Bow Valley College, has demonstrated significant leadership working with both the STLHE Board of Directors as College Sector Educators Community chair and with the Educational Developers Caucus as Treasurer. With Denise Stockley’s move earlier this year on the board to President-elect, Tim is assuming the balance of this term, concluding in June 2018.

College Sector Educators Community elects a new chair

Mike Van Bussel

Congratulations to Michael Van Bussel, Fanshawe College, who was recently elected as Chair of the College Sector Educators Community (CSEC).

Michael Van Bussel, Ph.D., leads the Faculty Development Portfolio for Fanshawe College. Most recently, Michael was the Co-Chair of the STLHE 2016 Conference held at Fanshawe College and Western University. This conference was a fantastic collaboration between the college and university sectors, which saw a dramatic increase in college participation in 2016.

Michael brings significant academic, administrative and teaching experience to the CSEC Executive. His strong relationships with the STLHE Board of Directors provides a solid platform to continue the development of the College Sector Educators Community.

Deadline approaches for proposals for the EDC 2017 Conference 

As educational developers work in and among the traditions of higher education and their field, just as they produce and replicate their own traditions. One tradition of educational development in Canada is the annual Educational Developers Caucus conference. The 2017 conference asks participants to examine, evaluate, challenge or uphold the traditions of educational development.

Hosted by the University of Guelph, the conference will take place in Guelph, ON, February 22-24, 2017. The theme this year is « (re)Thinking Tradition ».

At this year’s conference, the organizing committee invites educational developers to examine the traditions that thread and surround educational development. To take this opportunity to explore the traditions of their work, and to present the evidence for the continuation of an established practice or to rethink those traditions that continue without justification or merit. The organizing committee also invites the submission of new practices that may one day become traditions in educational development.

The complete call for proposals can be found at the EDC 2017 Conference Website.

The deadline to submit a proposal is Sunday, October 30, 2016. 

These Awards for Educational Developers Are New and Awesome

The Educational Developers Caucus is delighted to announce the two new awards to recognize individuals for exceptional contributions to educational development in Canadian post-secondary education. The Distinguished Educational Development Career Award recognizes individuals with 15+ years of service in educational development who have made repeated meaningful contributions to the field of educational development and the EDC community at the local, provincial and national levels. The Educational Developer Leadership Award recognizes individuals who have demonstrated exceptional leadership skills working on a teaching and learning project or initiative that benefits the educational development community.

These awards will be given for the first time at the 2017 Educational Developers Caucus Conference hosted by the University of Guelph. Nominations open October 7th and close November 14, 2016. Eligibility information and submission requirements are available online or by emailing Erin Aspenlieder.

International volunteering opportunities

As part of the Society’s partnership with Academics Without Borders, we communicate information about their organization and opportunities that may become available through them. In this case, VSO International would like to communicate and invite applications for select volunteer opportunities that may be of interest to Society members and/or their colleagues. Please click here to access the list. If you have questions about VSO or any of the positions on the list, please contact VSO directly.

Magna Online Seminars – October Offerings

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Through an agreement with Magna Publications, STLHE members can access Magna Online Seminars for a discounted rate (20% off). Use the code STLHESAPES20 when registering online or via telephone. 

The next two teaching and learning oriented seminars in October include: The Flipped Classroom: Strategies to Overcome Student Resistance and Increase Student Engagement (October 18) and Learning Assessment Techniques: How to Integrate New Activities that Guage What and How Well Students Learn (October 27). Visit Magna Publications for other teaching/learning and educational development products and services (e.g., newsletters, free teaching tip app, etc.).

Upcoming Events & Dates

EDC Institute. October 17 & 18, 2016, Oakville, Ontario, The Changing Face of Higher Education: Implications for our Work with Faculty and their Classrooms. Bursaries available.

2016 Symposium on Scholarship of Teaching and Learning: Learning in and across disciplines. Hosted by Mount Royal University. Keynote speaker: David Pace. Nov 10-12, 2016. Banff Alberta.

La 38e session d’études de l’Association pour le développement des méthodologies d’évaluation en éducation (ADMEE- Canada): aura lieu les 17 et 18 novembre 2016 à l’hôtel Grand Times Sherbrooke, sur le thème « Enjeux et défis de l’évaluation à l’ère du numérique en salle de classe et à distance».

2016 ICED and HELTASA joint conference: Ethics, care and quality in Educational Development, Cape Town, South Africa, November 23-25 with pre-conference workshops on November 22.

EDC Conference 2017. February 22-24, 2017. Hosted by the University of Guelph, this year’s theme is « (Re)Thinking Tradition – to examine, evaluate, challenge and defend the traditions of educational development. » Bursaries available.

The STLHE email blast 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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