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2022 Summer Newsletter

July 7, 2022

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Save the Dates! Fall Meeting 2022

COED is happy to announce this year’s Fall Meeting will take place virtually, from November 2 to 4, 2022. This year’s theme is “EDs as Superheroes: Solving Wicked Problems in Educational Development and Beyond.” Be sure to mark your calendars for this year’s exciting event!

The COED Fall Meeting has always represented a wonderful opportunity to connect with educational development colleagues across the province (and beyond). This year’s event will include both synchronous and asynchronous opportunities for engagement to solve wicked problems in educational development and higher education. Event details will follow closer to the session dates. We look forward to seeing you there!

Get Involved: Action Learning Sets (ActLS) and Communities of Practice (CoP)

Getting ready for Fall 2022 and looking to get involved with the COED community? Consider joining one or more COED Action Learning Sets (ActLS) and/or Communities of Practice (CoP). The six groups listed below are accepting new members in Fall 2022. Please connect with each group’s co-leads for more information.

What are the differences between Action Learning Sets (ActLS) and/or Communities of Practice (CoP)? Visit the ”Action Learning Sets and Communities of Practice” webpage for more information.

Staying Connected: Co-Mentorship, Slack, Twitter, and Fika Fridays

COED Co-Mentorship

The COED co-mentorship program launched with great success on June 10, 2022, and we will be hosting the next “speed-dating” session in early December via Zoom. Meet and chat with your colleagues and continue the conversations on Slack and/or the co-mentorship hub. Visit the “Co-Mentorship” webpage for more information.

COED Slack Channel

COED is now on Slack! Join the COED Slack channel to stay connected with colleagues from the co-mentorship program, Fika Fridays, ActLS and CoP, and other events.

Hello @coedcfpo #Twitter

COED has joined Twitter and we want to connect with you. Follow @coedcfpo and use the hashtag #coedcfpo to chat with us!

Fika Fridays

Recognizing that educational developers often don’t take enough time for breaks and to connect with colleagues, the Fika Friday practice was introduced. COED organizes virtual Fika Friday sessions for the community. The virtual session is a chance to gather with colleagues from different institutions and take a break from your daily activities. Our next Fika Friday is August 26, 2022, at 11 am EDT via Zoom. Visit the “Fika Fridays” webpage for the list of 2022 dates.

Consultation Update: Ontario Ministry of Education

On Monday, March 28, 2022, nine COED members (including three executives) met with representatives of the Ministry of Education, Skills Development and Apprenticeship Branch to provide initial feedback on a variety of topics related to the modernization of the high school curriculum, including graduation requirements, course types and pathways, and the curriculum review cycle. In preparation for the consultation, the COED executive gathered input from the membership via a survey that addressed these specific questions:

  • Is there anything Ontario should change about Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) requirements?
  • What senior-level course types are needed to best prepare students for all post-secondary pathways?
  • What criteria should the ministry consider when reviewing the curriculum for revision, including the scope of those revisions, to ensure the curriculum is relevant today and prepares students for their future?
  • How often should the curriculum be reviewed?
  • How many curriculum documents should be revised and introduced into schools each year?

The group engaged in a valuable exchange of ideas around the topics above, and COED’s feedback was met with appreciation.

COED Updates: Volunteers and Elections

Accessibility Working and Group and Communications Coordinator

COED is excited to announce our new accessibility working group and communications coordinator. We are grateful to the following volunteers for taking on these roles to support and foster the development of COED.

  • Allison Fitzgibbon, Program Coordinator and Professor, Educational Support, Sheridan College
  • Electra Eleftheriadou, Coach for Greater Inclusion and Equity, Facilitator for the APS-IDEA (American Physical Society Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity Alliance)
  • Samantha Chang, Faculty Liaison, Pedagogical Support, Teaching & Learning, Faculty of Arts & Science, University of Toronto

The volunteers’ priorities include reviewing the COED website and newsletter. Stay tuned for changes in the coming months!

Fall Elections

With fall elections on the horizon, we’d like members to consider nominating a colleague or yourself as COED Chair, Elect for this upcoming year. You and a colleague could even nominate yourselves to be co-Chairs! If you would consider the opportunity to co-Chair but don’t have someone in mind to self-nominate with, we are considering mechanisms that will allow interested parties to show their interest in co-Chairing and the opportunity to partner with someone in the Chair, Elect role. We have seen the amazing synergies that happen when the university and college sectors both have representation on the executive. We encourage members from the university and college sector to consider the Chair position! Please reach out to us via the COED executive email, if you have any questions and/or curiosities about the role.

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2021 Summer Newsletter

June 16, 2021

Good morning COED,

Welcome to our June 2021 COED Newsletter! We are excited to share with you a number of updates from the COED Executive and from across the community.

NEW EVENT: Decolonization Mini-Retreats

A subgroup of the Curriculum Community of Practice has developed two mini-retreats focused on creating space to reflect on strategies that allow educational development to benefit from a diversity of experiences and knowledge, and to consider how Indigenous epistemologies and pedagogies can be interwoven in curriculum design. The sessions will run July 20th and August 17th from 12-2 pm EST, and are open to the entire COED community. Click here to learn more and register.

Curriculum Working Group Update

At the request of its members, the Curriculum Working Group will be re-designated as the Curriculum Community of Practice to better reflect the evolution of the group and its function. The COED website page has been updated to reflect this change.

Those interested in joining the Curriculum CoP and/or the dedicated listserv for the CoP can do so here.

Asynchronous Reading Group Initiative Page

The COED Asynchronous Pedagogical Reading Group grew out of a collective desire for conversation and community-building during our distanced times. At the COED 2020 Fall Meeting, Ann Gagne suggested an asynchronous discussion model as a flexible way for members with action-packed schedules to exchange ideas generated through shared reading experiences. This initiative was brought to life in February 2021 with a discussion around creative approaches to building capacity and breaking down barriers in educational development work. Check out the Asynchronous Reading Group page on the COED website to learn more!

New COED Projects Space on Website

We are delighted to announce that there is now space on the COED Website to share projects, research, and other resources developed by the COED Community. If there is an initiative you’ve been involved in recently that has a result you’d like to showcase for the rest of the COED community, please forward it along with a summary blurb to a member of the Exec.

Our first project to highlight is a research report entitled Engaging Students in Quality Assurance Processes authored by COED Curriculum Working Group members Sally Heath, Mary Wilson, Jovan Groen, and Paola Borin. To learn more about the project and download the full report, click here.

Fall 2020 Meeting Notes

The COED Fall Meeting has always represented a wonderful opportunity to connect with educational development colleagues and the first ever online Fall Meeting in 2020 hosted by the University of Waterloo honoured that tradition by connecting 124 participants from 46 institutions/organizations across Ontario and beyond! Check out the highlights on the COED website under COED Fall Meeting 2020 Notes.

Updates from our Action Learning Sets

Many new and pre-existing Action Learning Sets have been actively meeting this spring and we will soon be sharing their updates on our website.

A note on nomenclature: In response to feedback from our members, COED will henceforth be using the abbreviation ActLS for our Action Learning Sets where necessary, as ALS more commonly refers to Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

In addition to these shared updates and initiatives, the COED Executive continues to meet regularly with our COU representative to hear about current COU projects, status updates on initiatives with COED involvement, and to discuss potential opportunities for future collaborations.

And finally, we invite you to join us for our pre-summer Fika on Friday, June 18th, at 11:00 am!

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