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Upcoming: February 19-21, 2019 in Halifax is the next EDC conference

What is an EDC conference?

Each year, the Educational Developers Caucus sponsors an annual conference (formerly the annual winter meeting of instructional developers) for its members and individuals actively involved or interested in the field of educational development. 

The two-day conference of concurrent sessions and keynotes, and accompanying pre-conference day typically takes place in February (often the third full week) with pre-conference workshops scheduled one day prior. The conference program is organized around a central theme selected by the host institution(s) in consultation with the EDC.

To facilitate equitable access, we aim to move the conference location across the country (east, then central, then west, then central, then east, etc.).

Attend the Next Conference: EDC 2020

Conference website:

EDC 2020 Podcast | RFPES 2020 Podcast (Cosette Lemelin with Brad Wuetherick): 

Conference Registration Opens: October 15th, 2019

Early Bird Registration Closes: December 20th, 2019

EDC 2020 Conference Proposals are in peer-review following the September 30th deadline.

EDC 2020 Theme: Transforming Learning: Educational Development at the Intersections of Relationships, Evidence-Based Practices, and Inclusivity

Hosted by Dalhousie University and Mount Saint Vincent University, the 2020 EDC conference will focus on our collective role in transforming teaching and learning. We encourage exploration of three critical elements increasingly at the fore of our work:

  • building authentic, meaningful, and transformational relationships to benefit the teaching and learning environment
  • enhancing evidence-based practices in teaching and learning generally and in educational development specifically, including an increased understanding of how learning works
  • transforming experiences through an enhanced understanding of intersections of diversity and the importance of creating inclusive communities on our campuses, within educational development

Keynote Speakers:

  • Dr. Peter Felten, Assistant Provost for Teaching and Learning at Elon University
  • Dr. Michele DiPietro, Executive Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at Kennesaw State University

Hosting an EDC Conference

We would be honoured if your institution would consider preparing a proposal to host this prestigious event.  The EDC Annual Conference attracts educational developers and partnering companies and institutions from across the country, and in 2018 we had over 200 delegates attend the conference held in Victoria, British Columbia.  Last year we held the conference fully online. This presents a great opportunity for the host institution to showcase its approach to educational development.

For more information contact the Vice-Chair, Conferences.

Typical Deadline for call: September

Goals of Conference

In keeping with the EDC Bylaw Aims (3.2), the Conference aims to:

  • facilitate networking and communication between future, new and seasoned educational developers;
  • profile developments (scholarly and otherwise) in the field;
  • afford professional development opportunities to experienced, new and potential educational developers; and
  • provide a forum to exchange ideas, issues and concerns emerging in the field.

Past EDC Conferences

To ensure regional access, the conference location moves back and forth across Canada (e.g., East, Central, West). Current and past conference hosts are listed below.

  • 2020 – Dalhousie University and Mount Saint Vincent University, Halifax (east)
  • 2019 – Online –
  • 2018 – University of Victoria, Victoria, BC (west)
  • 2017 – University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario (central)
  • 2016 – University of Windsor & St. Clair College, Windsor, Ontario (central)
  • 2015 – University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba (central)
  • 2014 – University of Calgary and Bow Valley College, Calgary, Alberta (west)
  • 2013 – Wilfrid Laurier University, Kitchener, Ontario (central)
  • 2012 – Dalhousie University and St. Mary’s University, Halifax, NS (east)
  • 2011 – Algoma University, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario (central)
  • 2010 – Thompson Rivers University, British Columbia (west)
  • 2009 – Durham College,Ontario (central)
  • 2008 – Kwantlen University College and Simon Fraser University, British Columbia (west)
  • 2007 – University of Guelph and University of Waterloo, Ontario (central)
  • 2006 – University of Victoria, British Columbia (west)
  • 2005 – Queen’s University, Ontario (central)

Past Annual General Meeting Hosts

  • 2004 – Saint Mary’s University, Nova Scotia (east) [cancelled due to inclement weather]
  • 2003 – University of Western Ontario, Ontario (central)
  • 2002 – University of British Columbia, British Columbia (west)
  • 2001 – University of Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan (central)


If you have any questions, please contact: Cosette Lemelin, Vice-Chair Conferences: