Educational Developers Caucus 2018 Conference

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All of us at the Division of Learning and Teaching Support and Innovation (LTSI) look forward to hosting the Educational Developers Caucus Conference from Wednesday, February 14 to Friday, February 16, 2018. Please see the information below pertaining to the schedule and associated activities.

Please see a condensed program here and the full program here.

Phone: 250-721-8571
Fax: 250-721-6494
Conference email: edc2018@uvic.ca

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We are happy to announce the inaugural newcomer’s event, taking place on the first day of the conference, Thursday, February 15, 2018, from 7:30 am to 8:30 am. If this is your first time at the conference, please grab your coffee and breakfast and meet us in MAC D114. Members of the EDC executive committee and ‘old-timers’ will be present to introduce you to the EDC community, the conference, answer questions and match you with a buddy, who will be available throughout the conference to help you along.

Wednesday, February 14th

Time

Event

Location

8:00am - 9:30am

Breakfast, Registration and Information

Harry Hickman Building Foyer

9:30am - 12:30pm

Morning Pre-Conference Sessions with coffee break

Harry Hickman Building

12:30pm - 1:30pm

Lunch

Harry Hickman Building Foyer

1:30pm - 4:30pm

Afternoon Pre-Conference Sessions with coffee break

Harry Hickman Building

1:30pm - 4:30pm

Teaching and Learning Centre Leaders Meeting

HSDA250

5:00pm - 6:30pm

Welcome Reception

University Club Lounge

6:30pm

Speciality Tours

Various

Thursday, February 15th

Time

Event

Location

7:30am - 8:30am

Breakfast, Registration and Information

David Lam Foyer, MacLaurin Building

7:30 am -  8:30 am

Newcomers Welcome

MACD114

8:30am - 10:15am

Welcome and Opening Plenary

David Lam Auditorium, MacLaurin Building

10:15am - 11:00am

Poster Session and Refreshments

David Lam Foyer, MacLaurin Building

11:00am - 12:15pm

Concurrent Sessions #1

Harry Hickman Building,  Human and Social Development, and MacLaurin Building

12:15pm - 12:45 pm

Lunch

David Lam Foyer, MacLaurin Building

12:45pm - 2:15pm

EDC AGM

David Lam Auditorium, MacLaurin Building

2:15pm - 3:15pm

Concurrent Sessions #2

Harry Hickman Building,  Human and Social Development, and MacLaurin Building

3:15pm - 3:30pm

Refreshment Break

David Lam Foyer, MacLaurin Building

3:30pm - 4:30pm

Concurrent Sessions #3

Harry Hickman Building,  Human and Social Development, and MacLaurin Building

4:15 -     5:00pm

Learn to Meditate

UVic Interfaith Chapel

4:30pm - 4:45pm

Break

David Lam Foyer, MacLaurin Building

4:45pm - 5:45pm

Concurrent Sessions #4

Harry Hickman Building,  Human and Social Development, and MacLaurin Building

6:00pm - 9:00pm

Banquet

University Club, Main Dining Room

Friday, February 16th

Time

Event

Location

7:30am - 8:30am

Breakfast, Registration and Information

David Lam Foyer, MacLaurin Building

8:30am - 9:30am

Concurrent Sessions #5

Harry Hickman Building,  Human and Social Development, and MacLaurin Building

9:30am - 9:45am

Refreshment Break

David Lam Foyer, MacLaurin Building

9:45am - 11:00am

Concurrent Sessions #6

Harry Hickman Building,  Human and Social Development, and MacLaurin Building

11:00am - 12:00pm

Roundtables

David Lam Foyer, MacLaurin Building

12:00pm - 1:00pm

Lunch

David Lam Foyer, MacLaurin Building

1:00pm - 2:30pm

Closing Plenary and Wrap-Up

David Lam Auditorium, MacLaurin Building

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Time

Pick-up Location

Drop-off Location

7:30 AM

Delta Ocean Pointe

UVic HSD Roundabout

7:45 AM

Embassy Inn

UVic HSD Roundabout

8:00 AM

Chateau Victoria

UVic HSD Roundabout

6:45 PM

UVic University Club

Delta, Embassy, Chateau

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Time

Pick-up Location

Drop-off Location

7:00 AM

Delta Ocean Pointe

UVic Parking Lot E by Music Building Entrance

7:15 AM

Embassy Inn

UVic Parking Lot E by Music Building Entrance

7:00 AM

Chateau Victoria

UVic Parking Lot E by Music Building Entrance

9:00 PM

UVic University Club

Delta, Embassy, Chateau

Friday, February 16, 2018

Time

Pick-up Location

Drop-off Location

7:00 AM

Delta Ocean Pointe

UVic Parking Lot E by Music Building Entrance

7:15 AM

Embassy Inn

UVic Parking Lot E by Music Building Entrance

7:00 AM

Chateau Victoria

UVic Parking Lot E by Music Building Entrance

Opening Keynote

Gaining an Edge: Working Towards ReconciliACTION in Academia

How do we as Educational Developers unpack our own educational practices and begin to decolonize and Indigenize our academic institutions? We need to transform learning, inform practice, engage in provocative conversations, and rebound from mistakes so that Reconciliation is meaningful, systemic, and lasting--leading to action, ReconciliACTION. Indigenous and non-Indigenous alike need to work as allies to create waves of change and to provide an informed and engaging learning environment for all students and faculty. Meaningful ReconciliACTION enables us to weave Indigenous ways of knowing, being and doing throughout the curriculum. But how do we do this? How and why should we be answering the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls to Action? In this keynote address, we will build relationships, learn from each other’s experiences, and become aware of Indigenous histories and contemporary realities.


Jennifer Ward is of Umpqua, Algonquin and Walla Walla ancestry and she lives and works in Treaty Six Territory. She is an Educational Developer in the Centre for Teaching and Learning at the University of Alberta. Jennifer works with faculty to Indigenize course and program content. She has worked in both the K-12 education system and the post-secondary environment to weave Indigenous worldviews into the curriculum. Jennifer also teaches an Indigenous Education course for pre-service teachers in the Faculty of Education. Working with Elders, students and community are some of her most cherished experiences. Hiy Hiy (thank you in Cree).

Jenniifer Ward

Closing Keynote

On the LEDGE: Prospects & Perils in Ed Dev Leadership

Dr. W. Alan Wright, Vice-Provost, Teaching and Learning, University of Windsor

In the closing plenary, Alan Wright will address the enticing prospects as well as the unsettling perils encountered by educational developers living on the leading edge of their profession. Based on his experience of over 25 years as a developer as well as on his reading of this EDC conference, Alan will explore some of the many facets of leadership in the field of academic development. Embracing vistas and values, riding waves and weathering storms, facing the prickly and perplexing, and cultivating resilience are all endemic to life as a developer.

Plenary speaker Alan Wright brings a wealth of experience in educational development to the closing session of this year's EDC Conference. After several years as a teacher, curriculum developer and professional development coordinator in the K-12 environment, Dr. Wright moved to higher education and was quickly drawn to the emerging field of academic development. He has worked in three provinces and in both of Canada's official languages, opening the Atlantic region's first teaching and learning centre, directing the undergraduate programs of a large francophone university in Quebec, and taking on the role of Vice-Provost, Teaching and Learning in an Ontario institution. Dr. Wright has been invited to present workshops in every Province in Canada. He holds degrees from Mount Allison, McGill, and the Université de Montréal.

Alan Wright

Pre-Conference Sessions

The following six pre-conference workshops will be offered at EDC 2018. When registering for the conference, you will be asked to sign-up for the pre-conference workshops that you are interested in.

Morning Pre-Conference Sessions

Wednesday, February 14th, 2018 9:30am – 12:30pm

All Pre-Conference sessions will take place in the Harry Hickman Building (HHB)

Pre-Conference 1A: Room HHB110

Demystifying Educational Development Evaluation with an Action Research Approach

Facilitator: Robyn Mueller, Educational Development Consultant, Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning, University of Calgary

Many educational development centers on the postsecondary landscape face an imperative to evaluate both their practices and institutional impacts.  There is a burgeoning body of research and literature that supports this effort, by way of various processes, models, and frameworks (Amundsen & Wilson, 2012; Bamber & Stefani, 2015; Chalmers & Gardiner, 2015; Wright, 2011).  However, in practice the application of these approaches is often complex and demanding, requiring an intense degree of granularity and a dedicated effort from those involved in the evaluation.  Centers often end up overwhelmed with data, faced with the daunting task of communicating evaluation results to multiple audiences. Evaluative needs vary from campus to campus, and some centers may indeed require such an intensive effort, particularly within regulatory environments.  However, in many cases evaluation needn’t be so complicated!   In this workshop, participants will be introduced to the action research model of evaluation used at the University of Calgary’s Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning to assess educational development impact at a variety of programmatic and institutional levels, in a way that is straightforward, easily resourced, and adaptable for communication to a range of audiences.  Participants will: 

·        Learn about theory informing the action research approach to evaluation (Baumfield et al., 2013; Mertler, 2009) 

·        Have the opportunity to critically assess examples of evaluative efforts that have used this model; and

·        Engage in the process of designing an action research evaluation protocol.                                                                               

Participants will leave the workshop with an action research-oriented plan for engaging in educational development evaluation at their home institution. 

Visionary prospects (the vistas)

Pre-Conference 1B: Room HHB116

Living within the Circle: Decolonizing & Indigenizing Education

Facilitator: Jennifer Ward, Educational Developer, Centre for Teaching and Learning, University of Alberta

How do we as Educators, Indigenous and non-Indigenous, work as allies to create an engaging learning environment for Indigenous and non-Indigenous students and faculty (Battiste, M., 2013)? As Educational Developers, how do we use the platform of professional development to engage our colleagues in meaningful and transformational learning about Indigenous worldviews? This workshop will showcase how the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls to Action can be the framework to guide institutions with Indigenization of the academy. Participants will engage with Indigenous ways of knowing, being, doing and researching as a model for decolonizing education (Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre, n.d.) as Indigenous teachings will be shared.

Using Indigenous research methodologies as the lens through which we view and reflect on our practice (Kovach, M., 2010) we will explore strategies for Indigenizing courses and creating a space that is respectful to Indigenous peoples’ historical and contemporary realities (Tuhiwai Smith, L., 2012).

Visionary prospects (the vistas)

Pre-Conference 2C: Room HHB128

Negotiation tools and techniques for educational developers: Coaching academics in prickly positions

Facilitators:

Stephanie Giberson-Kirby, Educational Specialist and Career Development Lead, College of Pharmacy Liaison, Office of Educational and Faculty Development, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba

Jackie Gruber, Credentialed Mediator, Credentialed Arbitrator, Conflict Management Coach, Human Rights and Conflict Management Officer, University of Manitoba

Cossette Lemelin, Educational Developer, Centre for Teaching and Learning, University of Alberta

Effectiveness across the three pillars of academia, can be significantly enhanced with the deployment of principled negotiation skills. Whether dealing with a challenging student, committee members, or multinational research teams, the prickly reality of dealing constructively with conflict is one of those “everyday life” change management competencies that our faculty members need help developing (Taylor, Dawson & Chu, 2014, p. 3). In this highly interactive workshop, EDC delegates will work on their principled negotiation skills through the use of a preparatory self-analysis, scaffolding of academic negotiation cases, video-clips of dramatized negotiations, and an in-depth negotiation simulation. The workshop will draw upon classic as well as contemporary motivational theory, social cognitive theory, organizational development paradigms, and the philosophy of power in post-modern professions, as applied to educational developers growing leadership roles in organizational development.  

Through participation in this workshop, the EDC delegates will:

  • identify opportunities to apply negotiation skills in academic settings,
  • assess steps critical to successful negotiation,
  • apply negotiation skills to academic cases, and
  • appraise conflict management and negotiation resources at their home institutions.

Perched on the dynamic edge between organizational and faculty development, education developers are often front line contacts for colleagues looking for help with a perplexing situations. Workshop participants will be prepared to make more impact in their organizations by leveraging practical negotiation skills, along with the knowledge needed to diagnose when a conflict situation has gone ‘over the edge’ and needs referral to institutional policies, practices, and human resources professionals.

Thought-provoking (the prickly and perplexing), Visionary prospects (the vistas)

Afternoon Pre-Conference Sessions

Wednesday, February 14th, 2018 1:30pm – 4:30pm

All Pre-Conference sessions will take place in the Harry Hickman Building (HHB)

Pre-Conference 2A: Room HHB110

Engaging with Truth and Reconciliation: Thinking through the role of Educational Developers as Allies in Responding to the Calls to Action

Facilitators:

Lauren Anstey, eLearning and Curriculum Specialist, Western University

Kathleen Bortolin, Curriculum, Teaching and Learning Specialist, Vancouver Island University

Marilyn Funk, Curriculum, Teaching and Learning Specialist, Vancouver Island University

Trevor Holmes, Senior Instructional Developer, Research and Faculty Programs, Centre for Teaching Excellence, University of Waterloo

Curtis Maloley, Educational Developer, The Learning & Teaching Office, Ryerson University

Rebecca Taylor, Educational Developer, The Paul R. MacPherson Institute for Leadership, Innovation, and Excellence in Teaching, McMaster University

Marie Vander Kloet, Assistant Director, Centre for Teaching Support and Innovation/Teaching Assistant Training Program, University of Toronto

Travis Freeman, Educational Developer, Faculty and Curriculum Development Centre, Ontario College of Art and Design University

Amid the enduring momentum of Truth and Reconciliation, many non-Indigenous educational developers are becoming increasingly aware of their potential as allies in supporting Indigenous perspectives in higher education. Well-positioned in the midst of this remarkable shift, many of us are struggling to understand how to respectfully and meaningfully support this shift in our work and within our institutions. How do educational developers un/re-learn the colonial histories that frame our work and worldviews? How do we prepare to support colleagues in seeking change on campuses and beyond? We bring these questions forward, not as experts, but as colleagues and peers similarly grappling with how to take up the emerging roles that we are taking on amid this shifting landscape.

For the past year, an Action Group of EDC members, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous educational developers, have been meeting, reflecting, and discussing how we do the work of reconciliation. In this pre-conference workshop, we begin with introductions that situate ourselves in relation to the places and people from which we come. We will engage in discussions around our diverse and varied institutional cultures and share the ways in which our teaching and learning centres are shifting amid the momentum of Truth and Reconciliation. We will discuss the importance of collaboration in this work, citing our own experiences, and eliciting stories from others.  Building on these discussions, we move toward reflecting more broadly, on our larger institutional contexts, and considering the frameworks, or lack thereof, that support this work. All of these activities intend to move us toward considering our own calls to action. We hope that participants leave this session with clarity and inspiration, and ideas that constitute their own personal and professional calls to action that they can begin to engage with amid this shift. We welcome all our colleagues, Indigenous and non-Indigenous, to join us in these discussions. 

Thought-provoking (the prickly and perplexing), Transformational (the waves of change)

 

Pre-Conference 2B: Room HHB116

Curriculum Developers’ Meeting and Sharing of Ideas

Facilitators: Patti Dyjur, Curriculum Development, Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning, University of Calgary

Frances Kalu, Curriculum Development, Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning, University of Calgary

In addition to regular educational development work, such as consultations and workshops, curriculum developers also provide guidance on curriculum review, renewal, and development of innovative new programs. Depending on the size of the institution, there may be only one or two people at their institution who specialize in this type of work. Conferences such as the Educational Developers Caucus provide the perfect opportunity for curriculum developers to meet, discuss issues, and share resources and ideas that are critical to strengthening their work.

This pre‐conference workshop is for educational developers who work in the area of curriculum review and/or curriculum development. Bring your business cards, resources, and questions to this session focused on curriculum! The purpose of the session is multi‐fold. In addition to meeting one another and talking about the work that we do, we will set priorities for the afternoon. Once we have determined the topics of greatest interest, we will split into two or three groups to discuss an aspect of our work in more detail. Possible topics include:

  • Tools and strategies for conducting curriculum mapping
  • Qualitative data collection methods used in curriculum review
  • Challenges and strategies with Scholarship of Curriculum Practice, or SoTL‐Curriculum
  • Involving students in curriculum review
  • Other topics as identified by the group

Transformational (the waves of change), Visionary prospects (the vistas)

Pre-Conference 1C: Room HHB128

Principles of Good Practice in Publication: The Inside Track for Educational Developers

Facilitators:

Nancy Chick, Academic Director, Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning, University of Calgary

Peter Felten, Executive Director, Center for Engaged Learning, Elon University (US)

Celia Popovic, Director, Teaching Commons, York University

Current editors from three journals (Innovations in Education and Teaching International, International Journal for Academic Development, and Teaching & Learning Inquiry) will demystify the process of getting published in a journal. They will assist participants in identifying elements of “fit” for different journals, equipping them to submit their own articles to the most appropriate journal(s). Participants will also learn about key criteria for acceptance, and practice applying what they’ve learned to a current or potential project.

Please join us for the Welcome Reception (yes there will be chocolate!) on Wednesday, February 14th from 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. at the University Club, University of Victoria.