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MESSAGE TO THE EDC MEMBERSHIP

We realize that this has been a difficult period for everyone in higher education. While we have all worked hard during this difficult time, we must recognize that there has been conflict within our Society which has pulled us away from our core mission to advance teaching and learning in higher education.  

The EDC Executive has identified a need to create a separate professional association and has requested the dissolution of the Educational Developers Caucus. For STLHE, this is another sign of growth and change. This growth in teaching and learning is welcome. Educational Developers do not need the permission of the STLHE Board to create a professional association as an independent organization. We acknowledge the right of any group of individuals to create any new professional organization, and we look forward to opportunities to explore mutual interests with a new organization.

Any decision to dissolve a constituency group cannot be taken lightly and cannot fail to take into account the needs of Society members. The STLHE Board has both a mandate from the members of the Society and a legal responsibility to steer the Society to a sustainable future, serving the whole of the membership.

Although we note that it is not necessary to dissolve the EDC for a new association for Educational Developers to be established, we respect the request of the duly-elected EDC Executive as put forward to the STLHE Board in the letter dated August 6, 2021. Therefore, the STLHE Board has adopted a motion to dissolve the Educational Developers Caucus at the request of the EDC Executive effective November 19, 2021. 

Educational Developers remain a vital force within the Society’s mission to advance teaching and learning in higher education. STLHE will continue to support Educational Developers. With the anticipated establishment of a new professional association for Educational Developers, the STLHE Board would like to engage with Society’s Educational Developers on visioning how you wish to come together as a community of practice within STLHE, moving forward.  We invite you to attend a visioning session on December 1, 2021 at 12:00 PM EDT.

The dissolution date of November 19 was selected as it is before the EDC Conference registration opens and the Call for Proposals closes. This provides the opportunity for a new professional association of Educational Developers to take over the co-hosting of the Educational Developers Conference with the University of Waterloo. To further support Educational Developers, STLHE will honour the $6,500 financial commitment made in the MOU to support the conference. However, if a new professional association is not then in place, we will honour the signed agreement between STLHE and the University of Waterloo to host the conference on behalf of STLHE Educational Developers, should Waterloo and we both wish to proceed.

Also, in recognition that EDC members have paid an additional annual membership fee of $50, to further support EDC members, STLHE will provide a $25 refund on EDC membership to every EDC member in good standing as at the date of November 19.

We note that the final Call for Proposals for 2021 EDGE Grants and EDC Grants closed on October 31. STLHE will honour financial commitments for these grants. We will work with the Coordinators of these grants to ensure that there is no disruption in these programs. We will also continue our STLHE Educational Developers Awards. The EDC website on the STLHE website will be taken down; publications will remain the intellectual property of their authors and most are in the creative commons.

This past year has been a difficult one for many of us as we navigate a global pandemic. The STLHE Board is looking forward to working to engaging with the membership. Please see the Envisioning a Path Forward for more information and join us in an open meeting on November 23, 2021 at 1:00 PM EDT.

The EDC is a constituency of STLHE that defines itself as a community of practice with a mission to work within the aims and structure of the STLHE. The goal is to facilitate the advancement and evolution of educational development as a field of practice and scholarship by communications, networking, professional development opportunities and advocacy strategies.

Goals
  • To strengthen the position of STLHE as the professional/academic organization of choice for educational developers, and particularly for those practicing in Canada.
  • To pursue the aims of STLHE with particular attention to their application in educational development contexts.
  • To provide leadership in the professionalization of the educational development role.
  • To foster the advancement and evolution of educational development as a field of practice and scholarship.
  • To create a national forum where emerging and problematic educational development issues can be candidly discussed.
  • To create a collegial network within which information, strategies, and resources can be shared.
  • To facilitate communication among educational developers who are members of STLHE.
  • To provide professional development opportunities for experienced, new and potential educational developers.
  • To advocate, through STLHE, for educational development issues at a national level.
Membership

Your EDC membership connects you to an engaged and generous community of professional peers while also offering you a number of valuable individual benefits.

Membership in EDC requires both an EDC membership and a membership in the overall STLHE. EDC membership is renewed annually.

To become an EDC member, update your membership profile through the STLHE portal.

Contact

For information about the EDC, please visit https://edc.stlhe.ca/.

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