Article I: Name
The name of the organization shall be the Council of Ontario Educational Developers (COED).
Article II: Affiliations
COED is affiliated with the Ontario Council of Academic Vice-Presidents (OCAV), an affiliate of the Council of Ontario Universities (COU).
Article III: Aims and Objectives
The aim of the COED shall be to act as a forum and space of collaborative activity for university, college, and independent consulting personnel charged with the design, delivery, and assessment of educational development programming in higher education in Ontario.
The COED shall:
1. Promote educational development, that is, the training of post-secondary educators in principles and best practices of course design, delivery, and assessment, the pedagogically sound use of learning technologies, and the theorizing of this growing field of practice and inquiry, as a basic function in tertiary education in Ontario.
2.Represent and advocate for educational development and developers in Ontario post-secondary education.
3. Concern itself with the quality of educational development programming in Ontario.
4. Facilitate communication among members for purposes of professional development and common understanding.
5. Coordinate the dissemination and archiving of resources useful to the work of educational development as prioritized by individual institutions as well as, where appropriate, by the Council of Ontario Universities and its affiliate, the Ontario Council of Academic Vice Presidents (OCAV).
6. Collaborate with other COU affiliates and counterparts in the College system as necessary and appropriate.
7. Collaborate with the Educational Developers Caucus (EDC) of the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE).
8. Build partnerships with external groups and institutions for the betterment of our provincial tertiary education system and where possible, that of other provinces and nations.
9. Support the work of the Council of Ontario Universities and of the Ministry of Training, Colleges, and Universities where such work coincides with the aims and objectives of COED. In accordance with COU requirements, COED will not make representations to the Ministry on matters related to university governance, finance or enrolment without first reporting to OCAV and seeking, through OCAV, COU’s agreement.
Article IV: Membership
COED, like its national counterpart the Educational Developers Caucus of STLHE, defines itself as a community of practice. Invited to join are those who have current, former or imminent responsibility for planning, organizing, or delivery of educational development programmes or activities within post-secondary education in Ontario, and who support the aims of COED.
Article V: Powers
The COED shall have power to establish its own By-Laws and to appoint committees or task forces in order to fulfill its purposes.
Article VI: By-Laws
By-Laws may be adopted, amended, suspended or rescinded by a simple majority of members of the COED present and voting at any meeting at which quorum is declared, provided that written notice of motion be sent to the entire membership not less than ten days prior to the date of the meeting. Voting on By-law adoptions, amendments, suspensions or rescindments by secure electronic means is acceptable with at least two weeks notice followed by two weeks in which to vote. In the case of electronic voting, a simple majority of votes cast shall be considered equivalent to a simple majority of members present.
Article VII: Constitutional Amendments
This constitution may be amended by a two-thirds majority of members of the COED present and voting at any meeting, provided that written notice of the proposed change or substance thereof be sent to the entire membership not less than ten days prior to the date of the meeting and provided either that at least two-thirds of the members are in attendance or alternatively that quorum is declared and fully two-thirds of all members have votes counted either at the meeting or prior to it via secure electronic means.
Article VIII: Dissolution of the Council
The COED may be dissolved by a two-thirds majority of members of the COED present and voting at any meeting, provided that written notice of the proposed dissolution be sent to the entire membership not less than ten days prior to the date of the meeting and provided either that at least two-thirds of the members are in attendance or alternatively that quorum is declared and fully two-thirds of all members have votes counted either at the meeting or prior to it via secure electronic means.