Discussion Topic Sessions

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The purpose of the DTS is to create awareness of issues or topics of interest within the EDC Community. Educational Developers or an ED Team from the EDC community have been invited from institutions across Canada to share their experiences and lead a discussion session within the Zoom room. Each session is 90 minutes long.

The topics and presenters, are as follows.

Anti-racist and Decolonial Approaches to Educational Development

Aisha Haque, Acting Director at Western University's Centre for Teaching and Learning

As higher education grapples with its complicity in colonialism and racism, the field of educational development must also engage in critical self-examination. In this session, we will explore key principles of antiracist and decolonial praxis and collectively reflect on how we might embed these within our EDC community and practice. Before we can ethically engage in antiracist work on our campuses, it is imperative we understand and confront structural racism within our own field. To that end, participants will be invited to question, unsettle, and re-imagine what it means to be an educational developer for racial justice and ethical solidarity.

PRESENTER AND BIO

Aisha Haque is the Acting Director at Western University’s Centre for Teaching and Learning, and she was previously Professor of Writing and Communication at Fanshawe College (London, ON). Drawing on her background in anti-racist and decolonial pedagogies, she supports the development of inclusive teaching practices in higher education. Her co-publication on intercultural teaching competence was awarded the 2017 Christine A. Stanley Award in Diversity and Inclusion Research in Educational Development from the POD Network. Aisha has presented over 25 invited keynotes and workshops at universities in Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, and the U.S. 


Educational Development in Times of Change: How our Centre Responded to the Pandemic

Colleen Webb leads a team of Educational Developers who support the teaching development at the U of M.

Colleen Webb leads a team of Educational Developers who support the teaching development at the University of Manitoba. She is responsible for the development and delivery of all the teaching workshops/institutes and certificate programs facilitated by The Centre. Colleen also mentors faculty in the Teaching and Learning Certificate (TLC) program and supports faculties in course and curriculum review, design and development.


Jonathan Kennedy manages the Flexible Leaning HUB for the Province of Manitoba and is the Lead for the Flexible Learning team at UM’s Centre for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning.

Jonathan Kennedy manages the Flexible Learning HUB for the Province of Manitoba and is the Lead for the Flexible Learning team at University of Manitoba’s Centre for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning. Together, these teams support online course development across Manitoba’s post secondaries.


Sol Chu is the Lead for the Learning Technologies & Solutions team at UM’s Centre for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning.

Sol Chu is the Lead for the Learning Technologies & Solutions team at University of Manitoba’s Centre for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning.  His team provides support and training on the Learning Management System and its integrations.


Indigenization in Educational Development

Carola Cunningham has over forty years of experience in education, justice, community wellness and addictions recovery. She has designed, developed and delivered programming specifically tailored to the needs of the Indigenous Community; and in particular; those that have high risk lifestyles. Throughout her career, Carola has demonstrated a strong dedication towards bridging cultural differences and creating understanding.  This work continues in her role as CEO of Niginan Housing Ventures that builds, designed and develops housing Initiatives primarily for Indigenous people, such as Ambrose Place; a harm reduction, permanent supportive housing program that is guided from Indigenous world view.


Jennifer Ward is from the Umpqua Nation. She lives and works in ᐊᒥᐢᑿᒌᐚᐢᑲᐦᐃᑲᐣ amiskwacîwâskahikan (Edmonton, Alberta). She is an Educational Developer in the Centre for Teaching and Learning and a doctoral student within the Faculty of Native Studies at the University of Alberta.  Jennifer works with faculty to Indigenize and decolonize their curriculum. Working with Elders, students and community are some of her most cherished experiences. Hiy Hiy. 


Erin Hodson is Wilfrid Laurier’s Indigenous Curriculum Specialist. Erin is of Kanienʼkehá꞉ka descent, and received her MEd with a focus on the Social and Cultural Context of Education from Brock University in 2017. For almost 10 years, Erin worked for the Tecumseh Centre for Aboriginal Research and Education where she created and taught courses focusing on Canadian history through the understanding of the Indigenous peoples of Turtle Island. For the last three years, Erin has been working with faculty, staff, students and community in the Kitchener/Waterloo area to create authentic space for Indigenous ways of knowing and being into their personal and professional lives.


Contract Positions in Educational Development

Dr. Tim Loblaw, director of the Learning and Teaching Technology Division within SFU's Centre for Educational Excellence.

Dr. Tim Loblaw brings expertise in educational development, technical and vocational education and training (TVET), and competency-based education, which features 20+ years’ experience in facilitation, instructional strategies, and curriculum design and development across a number of postsecondary institutions. As director of the Learning and Teaching Technology Division within SFU’s Centre for Educational Excellence, Tim leads a team that provides the pedagogical, technical and administrative support for online and blended learning course development and innovation in technology enhanced learning at SFU.


Ruth Rodgers

Ruth Rodgers retired in 2013 from a thirty-two career in Ontario’s postsecondary sector; her roles at both Fanshawe and Durham Colleges during that period included both teaching and faculty/curriculum development. She was instrumental in developing and implementing Durham College’s award-winning teacher training program, as well as serving as the Secretary of the EDC for four years (2007-2011). Ruth was also a key player in the development of the College Sector Educators Community within the STLHE and was one of five inaugural recipients of the Sector’s Educator Awards in 2012. Since her retirement and relocation to British Columbia, Ruth has continued to teach online, and has consulted in educational/faculty development for OCAD University, Vancouver Island University, and University of the Fraser Valley.


Approaches to Educational Development at YukonU: Canada’s First University North of 60°

Get out your parka and join us for a 90-minute exploration of educational development in Canada’s North! Living and working north of 60° has its challenges but also amazing rewards. Learn how the work of the Teaching and Learning team at Yukon University works to reflect its northern context. In this session you will consider how local context is reflected in the work of your Teaching and Learning Centre and the YukonU Teaching and Learning team will share how they are balancing the aspirations of a new university while staying grounded in their northern roots.

Teaching and Learning team at Yukon U

The Teaching and Learning team at Yukon University currently consists of 5 team members. The team works in various areas of educational development areas including instructional support & faculty development, course design, meaningful integration of educational technologies, supporting classroom-based inquiry (SoTL), and program development.

Hillarie has had a varied 20-year career including work with Parks Canada and Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada. She has taught various communication courses at Yukon University for the past 10 years and currently spends half her time supporting faculty as part of the Teaching and Learning team. 

Colleen has taught English literature to fashion design in kindergarten to college, internationally and in eastern, western, and northern Canada. She currently splits her time at Yukon University between teaching communication courses and supporting faculty as part of the Teaching and Learning team.

Rhonda has 15 years’ experience as an educator including 10 years teaching internationally. Originally from Alberta, she has lived in 5 different countries and has been with the Teaching & Learning team at Yukon University for the past two years. 

Sue has worked in adult education for the past 15 years with the federal and territorial governments, non-profit organizations and post-secondary institutions. She has been working with Yukon University’s Teaching and Learning team since 2018.

Michel (Mike) has over 30 years’ experience as an educator, primarily in K-12 and vocational education, but has been with Yukon University for the past 11 years.


Pivoting with the Pandemic: New Ways to Respond to Instructor Needs

Join us to explore the question “What did you or your Centre for Teaching and Learning do in  response to COVID-19 that can continue to enhance post-pandemic teaching and learning at your  institution?” We will share the response of the the Centre for Innovation in Teaching and Learning  (CITL) at Memorial University, where agile cross-functional collaborations provided an integrated  approach to addressing instructional and technical challenges in the shift to remote instruction.  Leveraging the resources and capabilities across our service areas, CITL brought together staff with  educational development and instructional design expertise to fill a common role of Academic  Support Representatives (ASRs) to support academic units. The main priority of the ASR role was to advise on planning for remote courses and to connect instructors to CITL’s Client Support  Centre and other support services. We will invite participants to share their experiences, innovations as well as insights and ideas of how to sustain and strengthen their own new  approaches post-pandemic. 

PRESENTERS AND BIOS 


Gavan P.L. Watson, PhD (he/him) is the Director of the Centre for Innovation in Teaching and  Learning, Associate Vice President (Teaching and Learning) and Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of  Education at Memorial University. 

Kim Myrick, PhD (she/her) is the Acting Assistant Director (Teaching and Learning) of the Centre  for Innovation in Teaching and Learning and Per-Course Instructor in the Faculty of Business  Administration at Memorial University.

Allyson MacNeill is an Instructional Design Specialist in the Centre for Innovation in Teaching and  Learning at Memorial University. Allyson has an interest in the documentation and evaluation of  teaching effectiveness and has been advising faculty members, lecturers, and graduate students  on the preparation of teaching dossiers for over 20 years. In addition, she manages the application  processes for institutional, regional, and national teaching awards for Memorial’s faculty  members. 

Amy M. Todd, PhD (she/her) is an Educational Developer in the Centre for Innovation in Teaching  and Learning and has been working in Educational Development for 14 years, with a current focus  on program development and team-based approaches to learning. Amy also teaches within the  Biochemistry and Biology Departments at Memorial University. 

Julie Temple, PhD (she/her) is an Educational Developer in the Centre for Innovation in Teaching  and Learning at Memorial University, having taken the position at the beginning of the COVID-19  pandemic this spring. Julie is also an Adjunct Professor of Gender Studies, and provides  professional training development in gender diversity for public, professional, and community  groups. 

Keith B. Power, PhD (he/him) is an Educational Developer in the Centre for Innovation in Teaching  and Learning at Memorial University. Keith is also a Per-Course Instructor with Memorial’s Faculty  of Education and has previously taught at Sheridan College and Hanyang University. 

Denise Carew, M Ed (she/her) is a Senior Instructional Designer with the Centre for Innovation in  Teaching and Learning (CITL) at Memorial University. Denise is passionate about using her lifelong  love of learning and her expertise with learning technology to make a positive impact on teaching  and learning at Memorial. 

Jonathan Kavanagh is the Client Services Coordinator at CITL. Jonathan and his Client Support  Team provide support and training to faculty staff and students on Memorial University’s learning  technologies.