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2013 AGM, Group Discussions

Below are some thoughts that emerged from our group discussions at our Nov 22, 2013 meeting.

What is Educational Development?

  • Knowing what you know, what you don’t know, and what to do about it
  • Helps people get started
  • Introduces new methods and tools
  • Network brokers
  • Showcase and support others
  • Educating chairs/deans to recognize educational development
  • Identifying gaps in practice
  • Use of evidence of learning outcomes

Why do it?

  • You care about student learning
  • Long career
  • Motivation
  • Efficacy/confidence
  • Rewards (tenure, promotion, etc.)
  • Self-preservation
  • Efficiency
  • Reduce anxiety
  • Pride in one’s work/recognition
  • Expectation/accountability/mandate)
  • Sense of belonging (community, etc.)
  • Feeling of contribution
  • Autonomy/mastery/contentedness
  • Paying it forward

Where does it happen?

  • Formal training/programs (grad, TA, continuing…)
  • Alone (reflection)
  • Dept. meeting/reviews/retreats/curriculum planning
  • Networks (both informal and formal)
  • Reading, writing, and talking
  • Professional/disciplinary updating
  • Sabbatical
  • Mentoring/coaching/informal one-on-one relationships
  • Classroom-practical research and inquiry
  • Lunch chats
  • Book clubs/reading groups
  • Senate committees
  • Multi-section meetings
  • Sitting on grant or T&L committees
  • Discipline specific workshops
  • Community of practice within centre

How does it occur?

  • There are many stakeholders – faculty developers are not the sole source
  • Consider standards of practice in professions – what can we learn from these (pros/cons)?
  • Challenge assumptions
  • What (critical/creative) questions do I ask about my practice?
  • Culture of “risk-taking”/timing of “risk-taking”
  • Individual/collective or collaborative opportunities
  • Moving beyond comfort zone/discipline areas
  • Learning outcomes consultations
  • Showcasing good teachers
  • Individual consultations
  • Grants within centre
  • Workshop attendance
  • Course attendance
  • Peer observations
  • Mentoring a GA or TA
  • Mentoring colleagues
  • LMS or IT training
  • Undergraduate research
  • Changing design of course
  • Policy development
  • Partnering with industry (service/community learning)
  • Reading literature
  • Co-teaching
  • Viewing TED talks/videos
  • Reading student comments at end of semester, and finding ways to utilize the feedback
  • Listserv participation
  • Publication or presentation related to T&L
  • Researching content for a course
  • Rewarding/recognizing/valuing good teaching
  • Engaging in SOTL

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