EDC Grants

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The Educational Developers Caucus Grants are peer-reviewed grants (between $500 to $3000) intended to further informed practice and available resources for educational development in Canada. The funded projects are expected to benefit the EDC community and address national or regional areas of interest or concern unaddressed by existing work, resources or literature. There are two calls for proposal due on April 30 (Spring Call) and October 31 (Fall Call).

How to apply

Typical Deadline: April 30 (Spring Call) and October 31 (Fall Call) or next working day if occur on a holiday or weekend.

Eligibility & Funding Stipulations

  • To be eligible to hold an EDC grant, the principal applicant must be a member of the Educational Developers Caucus in good standing. Proposed EDC grant budget requests must range from $500 up to a maximum of $3000 CAD.
  • EDC grants may be used towards expenses such as research assistant funding (at the local institutional hourly rate), contributions of community partners or organizations, travel and direct material costs.
  • Travel costs are eligible for funding only when the travel is determined to be essential to the achievement of proposed project outcomes. Grant funding cannot be used for travel related solely to project dissemination.
  • Named applicants (principal or collaborating) cannot be paid from the grant including salary, tuition, and/or other payments that are not reimbursements for costs incurred.
  • Eligible proposals must include the description of a project deliverable that would be of value to the EDC community. The funded research and work to develop resources may overlap with one or more applicants’ academic research, but the production of a thesis or the publication of a scholarly article do not, in themselves, satisfy the project deliverable requirement.

Submission Process

Step 1: Read the components and rubric carefully; following them simplifies the work for our reviewers considerably

Step 2: Write a proposal that includes the required components (1-5 below) and addresses the criteria (table below).

Step 3: Include in your proposal the agreements. Mark an “[x]” if you agree with the statements (6. below).

Step 4: Save your file as a Word document (doc or docx). Name it LastName_YearEDCgrant.doc For example, Smith_2020EDCgrant.doc

Step 5: Email to Kyle Scholz, EDC Grants Coordinator, kwscholz@uwaterloo.ca Subject: EDC Grant

Proposal required components

  1. Title
  2. Contact information (Principal investigator must be an EDC member)
  3. 50 word proposed project mini-description (for posting on the website for successful applications)
  4. 300-1000 word full description of the project including intended outcomes/deliverables
  5. Up to 300 words describing what, if any, impacts ongoing physical distancing may have on your proposed project plan and what contingencies have been put into place to mitigate these impacts.
  6. Budget (describe each item and indicate the cost including hourly rate, per item cost and any in-kind or other contributions)
  7. Agreement statements
    [ ] I/We agree to provide the EDC community, who funds this grant, with access to resulting information and resources for which the copyright remains with the author(s).
    [ ] I/We acknowledge that I/we will submit an interim report and a final deliverable (as described below).

Selection Criteria

Criteria Insufficient Moderate Outstanding
Need – addresses the EDC Living Plan, regional or national areas of interest or concern unaddressed by existing work, resources or literature.  

Weighting: 2

Need for this work is not clearly stated, is not relevant to either the EDC living plan or regional/national interest nor notes how it addresses a gap in existing work, resources or literature. Clearly articulated need with relevant literature and/or existing work and resources noted. Clearly articulated and demonstrated need based on literature and/or existing work and resources. The need is connected clearly to the EDC Living Plan, regional or national areas of interest or concern. Need exists across institutions and may involve collaboration across institutions.
Benefit to EDC Community and Higher Education  

Weighting: 1

Implications of the work are not clearly stated, or will not be of benefit to the EDC Community or Higher Education, or the resulting resource will be relevant to only a small subset of the EDC community. Resulting resource will be relevant and accessible to the EDC community, with some implications for educational development practice. Resulting resource will be very relevant, and clearly useable and accessible by the community with clear implications for educational development practice regionally and/or nationally.
Feasibility & achievability  

Weighting: 2

Timeline and/or budget is not clearly stated, or is not achievable or feasible. Proposed work duplicates or ignores existing resources. Budget and timeline clearly outlined, but there is some uncertainty about the budget or timeline achievability or feasibility. Has a clear and reasonable timeline and budget that is achievable and feasible.
Clarity of outcomes/ deliverables  

Weighting: 1

Process and/or deliverables not clearly articulated. Process and outcomes/deliverable are stated, and reasonably clear. Process and outcomes/deliverable clearly stated. Sufficient information provided.

Questions or Additional Information

If you have any questions please email Kyle Scholz, EDC Grants Coordinator, kwscholz@uwaterloo.ca

Call for Reviewers

Interested in reviewing grants and learning more about the process? Available between May 1-15 and/or November 1-15?
We are glad to have new and experienced reviewers to join us and be recognized in the list of reviewers on our website. To volunteer please email Kyle Scholz, EDC Grants Coordinator, kwscholz@uwaterloo.ca.

Thank you to past reviewers.

Grant Recipients

Process of receiving EDC Grant funds

  1. Following review, applicants are notified.
  2. Successful applicants arrange for a cheque (note: this process can take 6-8 weeks)
  3. The cheque will be mailed.

Transparency and Reporting

Successful grant proposals are posted on the EDC website, along with the interim and final reports for the project.

Interim report (Due 6 months after funding is received. Will be posted on the EDC website):

  • Title
  • Contact information
  • 50- 100 word update about the project; include note about expenditures/budget so far.

Final deliverable (Due 12 months after funding is received. Will be posted on the EDC website):

  • Title
  • Contact information
  • 50- 100 word description of the project; includes note about expenditures/budget.
  • The findings and resource (can be a summary, links, pre-print article, EDC guide, etc.)

Successful grant proposals are posted on the EDC website, along with the interim and final reports for the project.


Grant Recipients (Project titles, Proposals & Reports)

(EDC Grants continue to be awarded. This page is in the process of being updated).


Alise de Bie (Spring 2020 grant) – Supporting Mad students, instructors, and educational developers by theorizing a Mad(ness) Studies approach to educational development  [Proposal]

Jessica Rafoul, Jaimie Kechego, Stryker Calvez & Aisha Haque (Spring 2020 grant) – Indigenizing the Curriculum: From Challenges to Opportunities  [Proposal]

Geneviève Gauthier, Patrick Milot & Jovan Groen (Spring 2020 grant) – Informatisation du plan de cours: buts et enjeux  [Proposal]

Kimberly Grant (Fall 2020 grant) – Engaging graduate students as educational developers  [Proposal]

Brandon Sabourin (Fall 2020 grant) – Developing Effective Educational Development for Sessionals in Canada  [Proposal]

Dana Wetherell & Jenn Wicks (Fall 2020 grant) – A Review of Teaching from a Coaching Lens: How Being “Coach-like” Impacts Teachers’ Instruction and Classroom Climate  [Proposal]


Sarah Anthony, Prisca Fenoglio & Alida Soucé (Spring 2019 grant) – Création du PortailFL2 pour les praticiens et les chercheurs de FLS au Canada  [Proposal]

Robyne Hanley-Dafoe & Fergal O’Hagan (Spring 2019 grant) – Supporting faculty adopting and embedding an Open Educational Resource (OER), as a means of supporting student wellness and learning, through a professional development certificate offered by a Centre for Teaching and Learning  [Proposal]

Cherie Woolmer (Fall 2019 grant) – Building capacity or a leaky pipeline? Investigating the experiences of SoTL-focused postdocs in Canadian Teaching and Learning Centres  [Proposal]

Klodiana Kolomitro (Fall 2019 grant) – Models for Developing the Developers: Exploring Strategies that Educational Developers Use to Engage in Continuing Professional Development  [Proposal]


Jill Grose, Lori Goff, Ken N. Meadows, Debra Dawson, Donna Ellis, Paola Borin, Joseph Beer, Lynn Taylor, & Peter Wolf (Spring 2018 grant) – Cultivating an institutional culture that values teaching: Collecting and collating promising practices  [Proposal; Final; Resource]

Nicola Simmons (Spring 2018 grant) – Research on Teaching and Learning in Higher Education: Upgrade of Annotated Literature Website  [Proposal; Interim; Final]

Jill McSweeney-Flaherty & Matthew Schnurr (Fall 2018 grant) – Assessing and enhancing the rigor of SoTL research across disciplines  [Proposal]

Jessica Raffoul, Allyson Skene, & Laura Chittle (Fall 2018 grant) – Counting Our Way Up: Centres for Teaching and Learning in the Audit Culture  [Proposal]


Cheryl Jeffs (Spring 2017 grant) – Formative Feedback for Teaching Development: Resources, Strategies and Techniques  [Proposal; InterimFinal; Resource] 

Alison Jeppesen, Kasey Fulton, & Jennifer Thomas (Spring 2017 grant) – The Canadian Context of Faculty Development Programs for Teaching Online in PSE  [Proposal; Interim; Final]

Patrick Lyons, Nectaria Karagiozis, Dragana Polovina-Vukovic, Rosella Ingriselli (Spring 2017 grant) – Faculty members’ attitudes towards the use of high impact practices.  [Proposal; Interim Report; Final Report; Results; Presentation

Robyne Hanley-Dafoe & Michael Jorgensen (Spring 2017 grant) – Teaching Scholars’ Table research project  [Proposal; Interim; Final]

Frances Kalu, Lindsay Penner, Kelly Hoglund (Spring 2017 grant) – Academic Program Development and Review Guide  [Proposal]

Klodiana Kolomitro (Fall 2017 grant) – Models for Preventing Burnout and Compassion Fatigue Amongst Educational Developers  [Proposal]

Gesa Ruge, Dieter Schönwetter, Coraline McCormack, Robert Kennelly (Fall 2017 grant) – What is the value of a teaching philosophy for today’s academics and their institutions?  [Proposal; Interim; Resource]

Cindy Xin, Vaseline Jungic, Miroslav Lovric (Fall 2017 grant) – First Year Mathematics Courses Repository. [Proposal; Final]


Geneviève Maheux-Pelletier, Manuel Dias, Siara Isaac (Spring 2016 grant) – O French ISW Handbook, Where Art Thou?  [Proposal; Final]


Natasha Patrito Hannon (Spring 2015 grant) – A Framework and Comprehensive Resource for Building the Capacity of Educational Developers  [ProposalInterim]

Klodiana Kolomitro (Spring 2015 grant) – A Study Exploring How Canadian Teaching and Learning Centres Assess Their Work  [Proposal; Interim]

Vivian Neal (Spring 2015 grant) – Best Practice Cases of Education for Sustainability in Educational Development  [Proposal; Interim; Final] 

Robin Mueller (Fall 2015 grant) – Investigating the Experience and Impact of Strategic Planning in University Educational Development Centers: A Case Study  [Proposal] 

David Hutchison (Fall 2015 grant) – Project-Based Learning: A Primer  [Proposal; Resource] 


Carolyn Hoessler and Kim West (2014 grant) – Rapport Building in Educational Development  [Proposal; Interim; Final] 

Albert Johnson and Trudi Johnson (2014 grant) – In recognition of complexity: A comprehensive assessment inventory for university teaching  [Proposal; Interim] 

Natasha May (2014 grant) – Developing the Developer: a one year development plan and resource for new educational developers  [Proposal; Interim; Final]


Cynthia Korpan (2013 grant) – Preparing Teaching Assistants (TAs): A National Survey of Canadian Post-secondary Institutions’ TA Orientations  [Proposal; InterimFinal; Resource]

Stephanie Dayes (2013 grant) – Specialized Service: Faculty Development and Teaching Support for Art and Design Disciplines  [Proposal; Interim; FinalResource]

Nicola Simmons (2013 grant) – Research on Teaching and Learning in Higher Education: Annotated Literature Database  [Proposal; Interim; Final]


Dianne Bateman (2012 grant) – Increasing Student Success through Formative Assessment  [Proposal; Interim; Final]

Alice Cassidy (2012 grant) – Resource Repository for Sustainability Education and Leadership  [Proposal; Interim; Final]

Lori Goff (2012 grant) – Supporting the Implementation of the Quality Assurance Framework in Ontario Universities  [Proposal; Interim; Final]

Janice MacMillan (2012 grant) – Faculty Cyber Connections: The Next “Web” Wave (phase 2)  [Proposal; Interim; Final]

Natasha P. Hannon (2012 grant) – At our FingerTIPS:  Extending the reach of the Teaching Innovation Projects Journal  [Proposal; Interim; Final]


Lori Goff (2011 grant) – Supporting the Implementation of the Quality Assurance Framework in Ontario Universities (deferred to 2012)  N/A

Gary Hunt (2011 grant) – The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Collaborative  [Proposal; Interim; Final]

Janice Patterson (2011 grant) – Data scaffolding for data novices: a strategic approach to supporting educational developers and faculty in educational research quantitative analysis  [Proposal; Interim; Final]

Carol Roderick (2011 grant) – Building a Career in Educational Development:  The perspectives of early-career stage developers  [Proposal; Interim; Final]


Gary Hunt (2010 grant) – SoTL Portal: Connecting Researchers  [Proposal; Interim; Final]

Christine Foster/Janice MacMillan (2010 grant) – Faculty Cyber Connections: Building on Best Practices (phase 1)  [Proposal; Interim; Final]

Denise Stockley (2010 grant) – Queen’s Academic Leadership Program  [Proposal; Interim; Final]


Nicola Simmons (2009 grant) – Phase II: Mapping the Canadian ED Landscape: Demographics and Practices of Post-Secondary Educational Development Centres  [Proposal; Interim; Final]

Bethany White (2009 grant) – Building the Canadian Statistics Educator Network  [Proposal; Interim; Final]

Svitlana Taraban-Gordon (2009 grant) – Mapping Canadian SoTL Initiatives with a Focus on Graduate Students  [Proposal; Interim] 

Geoff Webb (2009 grant) – Generating effective assessment and evaluation tools that identify Community Service Learning’s ability to achieve Ontario Council of Academic Vice Presidents’ (OCAV) degree level expectations  [Proposal; Interim]  


Cheryl Amundsen (2008 grant) – The Faculty Development Literature: A Characterization of Practice and the Thinking Underpinning Practice  [Proposal; Interim; Final]

Doug Hamilton (2008 grant) – VIEDA Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Educational Developers’ Workshop  [Proposal; Interim; Final]

Jeanette McDonald (2008 grant) – Focusing your Pathway to the Profession of Educational Development  [Proposal; Interim; Final]

Dieter Schönwetter (2008 grant) – Focusing your Pathway to the Profession of Educational Development  [Proposal; Interim] 

Nicola Simmons (2008 grant) – Mapping the Canadian ED Landscape: Demographics and Practices of Post-Secondary Educational Development Centres  [Proposal; Interim; Final]


Megan Burnett (2007 grant) – Development of Teaching Measures and Web-based Questionnaires for Study of Effectiveness of Teaching Assistants Training Program’s Certificate Program  [Proposal; Interim; Final] 

Russell Day (2007 grant) – Instructional Skills Workshop Facilitator ‘Communities’: Institutional, National, and International  [Proposal]

Trevor Holmes (2007 grant) – Educational Development in Second Life: The Seeds of a New World for EDC  [Proposal; Interim; Final] 

Carol Miles (2007 grant) – A National Needs Analysis and Recommendations for Targeted Programming for Mid-Career Faculty  [Proposal; Interim; Final]

Gillian Siddall (2007 grant) – The Course Syllabus: Learning in a Nutshell  [Proposal; Interim; Final]

Heather Smith (2007 grant) – Northern BC Educational Developers Network  [Interim; Final]


Publications and Additional Resources from Projects Funded through the EDC Grants Program

Amundsen, C., & Wilson, M. (2012). Are we asking the right questions? A conceptual review of educational development in higher education. Review of Educational Research 82(1), 90-126.

Brancato, Emilie. (Ed.). (2014).  Spark:  Explorations in Education Development for the Creative Disciplines.  Educational Developers Caucus (EDC). http://www.ocadu.ca/Assets/content/teaching-learning/FCDC/SPARK+-+Explorations+in+Educational+Development+for+the+Creative+Disciplines.pdf
This guidebook contains resources for educational developers who work with creative (visual arts) faculty and for visual arts faculty interested in educational development.  The resources address a variety of areas including curriculum and course development, best practices in feedback and assessment, and professional development and pedagogical training for creative faculty and teaching assistants.

Cassidy, A., Sipos, Y. and Nyrose, S. (2020), “Programs, Workshops, Resources, and Other Supports for Post-Secondary Sustainability Educators”, Sengupta, E., Blessinger, P. and Yamin, T. (Ed.) Integrating Sustainable Development into the Curriculum (Innovations in Higher Education Teaching and Learning, Vol. 18), Emerald Publishing Limited, pp. 75-89. https://doi.org/10.1108/S2055-364120200000018023 Posted to ResearchGate https://www.researchgate.net/publication/340004939_Programs_Workshops_Resources_and_Other_Supports_for_Post-Secondary_Sustainability_Educators

Cassidy, Alice, Yona Sipos and Braydon Walker © 2013 Resource Repository for Sustainability Education and Leadership, Educational Developers Caucus, Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

Faculty Cyber Connections Online Module Design Workbook: Web Version

Kolomitro, K., & Anstey, L. (2017). A survey on evaluation practices in teaching and learning centres. International Journal of Academic Development, 22(3), p. 286-198

Kolomitro, K., Kenny, N., & Sheffield, S.L. (2020). A call to action: Exploring and responding to educational developers’ workplace burnout and well-being in higher education. International Journal for Academic Development 25(1), 5-18

Skene, A., King, S., Patterson, J. and Cheng, T. (2012) Making your teaching innovations count: a primer on quantitative approaches in educational research

For further information, please contact Kyle Scholz, EDC Grants Coordinator, kwscholz@uwaterloo.ca.