2013 Centre Updates

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Institutional Updates and Ideas for Collaboration

Intended Session Outcomes

By the end of this session, we will be able to:

  • Share key highlights and challenges from across our institutional practices
  • Develop ideas for collaboration
  • Prioritize key areas for collaboration to inform COED

Guiding Questions

  • What have been the major activities in your centre this year?
  • What worked well and not so well?
  • Do you have ideas of ways we can collaborate in the coming year?

Summary Notes

Ideas for Collaboration

  1. Centre Exchanges (people) – 28 votes
  2. Online modules (e.g. graduate student development, AODA, academic integrity) – 23 votes
  3. PIF Summit (for sharing/to benefit from outcomes) – 20 votes
  4. Peer review for support with development – 20 votes
    1. Critical friend/college
    2. A model that allows for reflection, creativity but that still valuable for program review
    3. Sharing expertise “How to” prioritizing materials/programs, sustainable models
  5. Streamlining of events/workshops and sharing of past recordings – 15 votes
  6. Group sponsorship of visiting scholars in educational development – 14 votes
  7. Sharing qualitative/quantitative methods of assessing impact and quality of work/scope – 13 votes
  8. Faculty engagement (e.g. Teaching Fellows, what counts as faculty development etc.) – 12 votes
  9. Road map of expertise within each centre – 10 votes
  10. A better way to share resources (CC) – 7 votes
  11. Teaching Assessment (course evaluations for faculty and TAs) – 5 votes
  12. Targeted interest group meetings (pre/post COED) – 4 votes
  13. Research on the scholarship of teaching and learning – 4 votes
  14. Learning outcomes & assessment guidebooks: share! Do not reinvent the wheel. Colleges have much material on this. Then fine-tune to own institution. – 3 votes
  15. Project management (sharing of projects in progress and strategies for tracking projects) – 3 votes
  16. What is the identity of COED? How ill defining “it” help to create definition internally and externally – 3 votes
  17. Share teaching observation activities (e.g. open up a visiting scholar talk to other universities) – 2 votes
  18. E-learning: share module development – 2 votes
  19. Improved communication – 1 vote (website is a boon in this area)
  20. Shared professional development events

Highlights and Challenges (General)

  • Change Management: Perceptions, processes, responsibilities (identity)
  • Growth Management: Responding to requests (victim of success), growth of mandate/staff, policy
  • Strategic Planning and Prioritization: Our own activities & institutionally, project management
  • New facility
  • Change in CPR template
  • Science and Engineering reaching out for consultations (assessment and QA)
  • Blended courses (gaining interest)
  • Wiki community of practice
  • Transition
  • Collaboration regarding quality assurance and graduate skills
  • Change and growth (doing more with less) – imbalanced growth, increased demand, not enough staffing
  • Scope creep (included in a lot) – how to find balance with core activities
  • Program prioritization
  • Integrated Planning (greater institutional presence)
  • Accountability agenda
  • E-learning, blended learning
  • New programs, processes and collaborations (Project management skills are important)
  • Teaching Fellows Programs
  • Changes in Centre roles and arrangements
  • Using data to support our work and mining data too (programmatic, curricular, strategic)
  • Curriculum and assessability
  • Mission creep, expanding scope, while maintaining services
  • Visiting scholars in ED (international)
  • Increasing interest in online and hybrid learning
  • Conflicting demands and priorities
  • Raised profile and expectations
  • More ‘soft’ money


  • Inaugural Teaching and Learning Day
  • Increasing participation
  • New Initiatives (certificate program, SoTL Insitute)
  • New directions
  • New names
  • Prioritizing SoTL
    • Recognizing ED publishing
    • SoTL awards
    • SoTL workshops and discussion groups
  • Hosting STLHE
  • Hosting major events
  • Online learning institute
  • Strengthening collaboration (online)
  • Strengthening visibility
  • New people, opportunities
  • New positions
  • Successful events with TAs Gas
  • Annual conference with Oakland
  • Curriculum mapping (admin support and funds, resources)
  • New positions, leadership
  • Bond with Vice-Deans (lunch, QA)
  • Interest in curriculum design courses
  • Blended learning and funding


  • OURE subscription
  • Resources
  • Faculty engagement
  • Organizational change (roles)
  • Prioritizing programs (saying “no”)
  • Time/resources (not enough)
  • Moving culture of e-learning and online “stuff” (evaluations) forward
  • Sustainable models for services and systems (e.g. evaluations of teaching and evaluating our own work
  • Lack of engagement and buy-in for ED
  • Meeting AODA standards for 2014 (e.g. website, technologies, captioning, etc)
  • Quality assurance for every program
  • Need for website improvements
  • eLearning – blended or fully online?
  • Not familiar with other programs/activities within the unit
  • People and Time (get enough resources)
  • Keep doing work that succeeds and new stuff too
  • Blended learning and execution
  • Web situation (updating content, registration)
  • Collaboration and differences (ED dev, ID, IT)
  • Attracting and keeping people

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