We had been asked by the OCAV committee to work towards having the IDO-Ontario group become an Affiliate of COU, perhaps as a more formal group, as well as to explore the role of STLHE’s Regional Representatives in convening annual or biennial meetings. We were to have a firm answer to OCAV by late February/ early March 2008. Instead, we had survey results to share and a mandate to carry on the discussion in person, which meeting turned out to be at STLHE 2008 at the University of Windsor. By November 2008 we passed a Constitution and By-Laws and by March 2009 had feedback from COU and OCAV that we passed in October 2009 electronically. Our Constitution states that:
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:
- 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.
- Represent and advocate for educational development and developers in Ontario post-secondary education.
- Concern itself with the quality of educational development programming in Ontario.
- Facilitate communication among members for purposes of professional development and common understanding.
- 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).
- Collaborate with other COU affiliates and counterparts in the College system as necessary and appropriate.
- Collaborate with the Educational Developers Caucus (EDC) of the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE)
- 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.
- 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.