Mission, Values & Living Plan

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Our Mission

The EDC defines itself as a community of practice with a mission to work within the aims and structure of the STLHE to facilitate the advancement and evolution of educational development as a field of practice and scholarship by communications, networking, professional development opportunities and advocacy strategies.

EDC Values

The EDC executive and members are committed to supporting: 

Collaboration – We encourage freely sharing our collective knowledge about educational development and related topics for our mutual benefit.  We support a collaborative and peer-facilitated model of professional development for our members at all career stages. 

Ethical practice – We demonstrate integrity and transparency in all our interactions. We uphold the highest possible values in collegial scholarship, crediting others for their contributions, and undertaking all work according to accepted ethical practices and policies. 

Scholarly approach – We take a scholarly approach to our work, drawing on a variety of resources and contributing to that knowledge through our own scholarly inquiry.
We embody multiple approaches to scholarship and its sharing so others can benefit from our work.

Open community – We welcome all persons who share an interest in educational development work. We seek and value diverse perspectives on this work and the individual backgrounds, expertise, and wisdom ED professionals bring to our community.


Our Living Plan

The Living Plan provides a valuable resource to capture the practices and continuing evolution of our EDC community.

Our EDC Living Plan Priorities 2016-2021

Advocating Nationally & Internationally

Vision: As a community, we advocate for EDC principles and contribution in regional, national and international higher education contexts.

Advocating is demonstrated through:

  • Celebrating the diversity of ED roles
  • Interest in hosting the Institute and Annual Conference
  • Formal and informal networks of members
  • Postsecondary awareness of the EDC & its work
  • Representation within every PSE institution in Canada

Actions for 2016 – 2021

  • Clarify the process & benefits of membership in EDC
  • Improve the EDC’s identity/brand recognition
  • Increase national & international awareness of the EDC
  • Advocate for educational development regionally, nationally, and internationally
  • Build on national & international partnerships & networks

Grants: Focus on pilot projects that build on national & international partnerships.Inter-institutional collaborations encouraged


Engaging Members in Co-Creation

Vision: As a community, we engage with and amongst members (recognizing diverse interest & capacity as individuals & centres).

 Engaging members is demonstrated through:

  • Members actively joining & creating action groups
  • Contribution to action groups, ED guides, resource review, reviews and voting
  • Providing feedback to EDC exec. on ongoing activities
  • Identification of topics of interest for ED guides
  • Mentorship within the community
  • A creative, innovative and caring community

 Actions for 2016-2021

  • Develop a comprehensive website that allows members to contribute and foster community.
  • Implement process for new ED Guide topics
  • Develop and sustain a model of action groups that continues to engage members

Grants: Focus on pilot programs that engage members or further the work of action groups; Collaborations encouraged.


Celebrating, Reflecting & Scholarship

Vision: As a community, we celebrate, reflect and engage in scholarship individually, collectively & continually.

Celebrating is demonstrated through:

  • Celebrating the diversity of ED roles
  • Support for and development of a body of educational development scholarly knowledge and practice
  • Member participation in trans-institutional research
  • Reflective practice & educational developer portfolios

Actions for 2016 – 2021

  • Promote diverse professional development paths for a broader range of educational developers
  • Establish two educational development awards
  • Champion scholarship of educational development
  • Explore a repository/directory of ongoing projects that allow for member contributions and collaborations

Grants: Focus on scholarship of educational development that provide evidence-informed approaches for educational developers in Key Areas. Inter-institutional collaborations.


Educational Developer Learning & Growth

Vision: As a community, we identify needs & provide formal & informal learning opportunities for members.

Learning is demonstrated through:

  • Creation & Coordination of existing learning opportunities (Institute, Webinars, Conferences, Website, Guides) & explore new opportunities
  • Recognizing changing support needs throughout careers from new developers entering the field through to those laddering into senior positions
  • Offer opportunities to develop the continuum of basic to complex ED skills, knowledge and attitudes

Actions for 2016 – 2021

  • Initiate a systematic review of ED needs
  • Investigate a potential process for job-shadowing
  • Explore the creation of an exchange program
  • Contribute to ICED’s new international ED course
  • Explore expanding online professional development

Grants: Focus on development of resources & approaches to professional development for educational developers to develop their skills and knowledge in the Key Areas.

Key areas: Fundamental course & faculty development; Program & organizational change; Management of centres & institutional teaching and learning initiatives; Quality assurance; Indigenization, Internationalization; Educational technology, Open, SoTL, Learner analytics…

Past Living Plans

The EDC Living Plan was introduced in February, 2009 at the General Meeting of the EDC conference, led by Alice Cassidy (then Vice-chair, Professional Development).  The 2009 themes were revised in 2012, led by Nicola Simmons (then Chair of the EDC). In May, 2013 a new theme, “Role of ED in Institutional Teaching and Learning Quality Assurance and Enhancement” was proposed by the EDC Executive, reviewed by the membership at the EDC General Meeting on June 20, 2013 and amended Jan 15, 2014. Revised in September 2015 and in fall 2016.

EDC Living Plan – full plan and process (2016) with Priorities 2016-2021 summary

EDC Living Plan (September 2015)

EDC Living Plan (2014) 

EDC Living Plan Overview (January, 2010)

Living Plan (February, 2010)

EDC Five-Year Plan Explanation (2005-2009)

EDC Five-Year Plan (2005-2009)