2019 Fall Meeting Information

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Friday, November 8, 2019, 10 am to 4 pm. Hosted by the University of Toronto.

This year’s Fall Meeting will be held at the University of Toronto on Friday, November 8, from 10 am–4 pm (registration 9:30 am–10 am). The meeting this year will embrace as its theme the Danish concept of hygge (pronounced “hoo-guh”), which roughly translates to “cozy”. We’ll speak more about hygge at the meeting, but consider reading this article for an overview of the concept. To support the theme, we invite everyone to come to the Fall Meeting in comfortable, cozy, clothing (think wool sweaters, comfortable pants, cozy socks/slippers, etc.)

We are looking forward to another exciting year of connecting with our colleagues, sharing practices and resources, and generating ideas for the coming year. The registration fee for the Fall Meeting is $45.00 which will include snacks, refreshments, and lunch. Payment receipts will be provided to all participants at the event.

Pre-Meeting Sessions

This year, there will be two half-day sessions on Thursday, November 7, at the Centre for Teaching Support and Innovation in Robarts Library. Note: it is not necessary to register for the Fall Meeting on Friday to attend these sessions if you’re only interested in participating on Thursday.

9 am–1 pm: Educational Development: Getting Started

A session focused on exploring or pursuing a career in educational development will be held from 9 am–12 pm. This session will provide an opportunity for prospective and early-career educational developers or those exploring educational development as a career option to learn more about the profession and connect with colleagues. Registrants are also invited to stay for a brown-bag networking lunch from 12 pm–1 pm, which will provide an opportunity to connect with one another as well as others in the educational development community. Participants can either bring lunch with them or join a few colleagues to purchase lunch from a variety of nearby vendors.

This session is free for participants, and we encourage COED members to forward this invitation to GAs and TAs who may be interested in participating, as well as new colleagues who may not yet be aware of the COED community.

1:30 pm–4:30 pm: Curriculum Working Group Meeting

This half-day meeting will focus on discussion of case studies collected from members and attendees. Each case study will offer an opportunity to share ideas, practices and processes from our unique contexts. If you’re not a member of the Curriculum Working Group but you’re interested in curriculum development, please do join us! This session will cost $20.00 which will include snacks and refreshments. We also encourage registrants to attend the brown-bag networking lunch taking place immediately before the Curriculum Working Group session.

Fall Meeting Agenda

9:30–10:00am: Registration

10:00am–12:00pm: Morning Session

  • Introductions / Welcome
  • Fika
  • Check-in with Julia Colyar from COU
  • Research & ALS Group Updates

12:00–1:00pm: Lunch & Networking

1:00–4:00pm Afternoon Session

  • Mindfulness Workshop with Lianne Fisher
  • Hygge in Educational Development Work
  • Discussion Groups
  • Closing


Robarts Library (Thursday sessions): This map shows the entrance to Robarts Library, and once open you can click on Parking along the left-hand menu to see the closest lots. If you are taking transit, go to the St. George subway station, and walk a few blocks south to get to Robarts.

The sessions in Robarts will be held on the 4th floor at the Centre for Teaching Support and Innovation. There is an elevator that can take you to the fourth floor if you enter at ground level or escalators from the main level of the library. Once you get to the 4th floor there will be signs directing you to the meeting space.

Victoria College (Friday session): The meeting will be held in Alumni Hall in Victoria College – there will be signs guiding you from the foyer. The picture below outlines all the buildings associated with Victoria University, and Victoria College (VC on the map) is where we’ll be. The parking lots are marked on the map, as is the nearest subway station (Museum station).

Victoria University Campus Map

Accommodation Options

The closest hotel to the meeting location is the Intercontinental Yorkville, which is a 15-minute walk from Robarts Library. The hotel was not able to provide a group rate less than $300 per night, so we encourage registrants to search this hotel (or others downtown) on sites such as trivago.ca or booking.com for better pricing. Note that CTSI is less than a 10-minute walk from the St. George subway station, so hotels along the subway lines will still be convenient options.

Registrants may wish to consider Airbnb as an alternative to pricier hotel options. Consider locations in Yorkville, the Annex, or Harbord Village to be as close to the university as possible.

If you are planning to stay overnight, particularly on Friday the 8th, we recommend you book accommodations as soon as possible.