2020 Fall Meeting Notes

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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!

The COED Fall 2020 Meeting took place over several days with live sessions on November 3rd, 4th and 5th, 2020 (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday) from 1–4 pm daily. Participants linked to live sessions and participated in a variety of asynchronous engagement opportunities from a central MS Teams hub hosted in the University of Waterloo Microsoft Teams space. Here our community shared resources and exchanged ideas on a wide range of current issues in higher education.

Our live sessions began on Tuesday, November 3, 2020, with the Curriculum Working Group Pre-Meeting, where the discussion focused on two key areas: Strategies for conducting curriculum work remotely, and Calls to action as informed allies and curriculum leaders. On Wednesday, the Fall Meeting officially kicked off with a welcome from the Executive and a look back at the past year in COED. After introducing the theme for the 2020 gathering — the roles of place and space in higher education — we had the opportunity to hear personal reflections from our guest panelists before opening the floor for discussion.

Our Theme Discussion Panelists: Lindita Prendi, Nicola Simmons, Trevor Holmes

On Thursday, participants had the opportunity to connect with colleagues on specific issues critical to our work. During the Membership Roundtable Discussions period, attendees had the chance to join in three such conversations! Based on membership suggestions, 10 topic areas were identified and a bonus wildcard topic was added! Each topic was offered three times — once each round at 1 pm1:30 pm, and 2 pm. Roundtable discussion topics included:

  • Engaging in SoTL during COVID-19
  • The role fo educational development during COVID-19
  • Accessibility and universal design in remote settings
  • Supporting the shift to online work (e.g. teaching, learning, faculty programming)
  • Post-COVID educational development
  • Anti-racism and inclusion in educational development
  • Indigenization and decolonization in higher education
  • Responding to provincial initiatives (e.g. micro-credentials, experiential learning)
  • Resilience, self-care, and balance for educational developers during COVID-19
  • Getting started and building networks in educational development
  • Wild card!

The Fall Meeting came to a close with an update from our COU representative, Katarina Todic, Senior Policy Analyst, followed by an introduction to our new Chairs-Elect, Robin Sutherland-Harris and Meagan Troop and very heartfelt thanks to our outgoing Chair, Sally Heath, before concluding with a look ahead to the coming year.

Your COED Executive for 2021: Monica Vesely (Chair), Robin Sutherland-Harris & Meagan Troop (Chairs-Elect), Jessie Richards (Past Chair)

The executive is grateful to all who attended for bringing such energy and collegiality to the event. We are very appreciative of the level of engagement and care we see in this community and look forward to navigating 2021 with you!