9:00am to 12:00pm
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Productivity and Pleasure

Room: Camelia
Helen Sword
If you can’t always do the work you love, can you learn to love the work you do?  This hands-on workshop aims to help educational developers – and, by extension, the faculty they work with – find creative ways of transforming tedious and/or stressful academic labor into occasions for creativity, pleasure, and play. We will begin by identifying some of the tasks that academics typically find most boring, irritating, and/or frustrating, from email and administration to meetings and marking.  From there, we will explore research-based strategies for bringing about individual and institutional change through a revamped understanding of productivity and pleasure.

Episodic Narrative Interviews: Collecting Stories of Experience in Educational Development

Room: Dunwoody B
Robin Mueller
Episodic narrative interviewing is an innovative and accessible research method that allows researchers to delve deeply into personal experiences of educational development, while also enabling assessment of broader trends across a number of research participants and locations.  This workshop will allow for an in-depth exploration of the episodic narrative interview method.  It will feature a combination of presentations, collaborative work, and time for individual practice.  Following brief introductions to each aspect of the episodic narrative interview method, participants will explore options for implementation and work toward designing a well-aligned episodic narrative interview research project.  

Educational Development Thinks Big: Cultivating An Organizational Development Mindset

Room: Maplewood A
Laura Cruz, Debra Lohe, Michael Palmer
Institutions of higher education are unique and complex organizational systems. If we imagine these systems as tapestries, then the day-to-day work of educational developers typically involves pulling on individual threads. Yet, when we think and act organizationally—e.g. guide institutional strategic planning—we have the potential to reshape, recolor, and retexture the entire fabric. In this highly interactive session, we will introduce an emerging taxonomy describing an organizational development (OD) mindset and then engage participants in a sequenced series of activities designed to help them define, recognize, and capitalize on OD work in their own institutional contexts.

How might we effectively measure and evidence the value and impact of educational development work?

Room: Maplewood B
Carole Davis, Antony Aleksiev
This workshop is a response to emerging trends and patterns that seek to measure aspects of academic work and the student experience. Educational Development work has not been exempt from this level of scrutiny with units increasingly required to evaluate value and impact. Such approaches are frequently metric based and rarely meaningfully capture the richness and transformational nature of Educational Development work. We invite participants to engage in discussion and activity which re-theorises and re-energises ways of showing added value and impact, using conceptual frameworks and scholarly approaches which include both quantitative and qualitative approaches to evidence gathering.

Cultivating Excellence as We Lead from the Middle

Room: Oakwood A
Donna Ellis, Jonathan Iuzzini
As educational developers, we often need to demonstrate leadership regardless of our specific roles. From leading institutional change initiatives to facilitating faculty retreats, we are called on to lead. However, we often do not hold positions of formal power within our institutions. How can we lead effectively from the middle? Workshop participants will address this question as they identify their individual leadership potential and analyze their organizational culture to understand how to lead within that culture. They will also learn key leadership strategies to hone as educational developers and consider next steps towards developing their own excellence as leaders.

Identifying and strengthening the role of academic development in your Higher Education institution

Room: Oakwood B
Linda Barman, Maria Weurlander
In this workshop you will be introduced to a framework that will guide your academic development efforts. Participants will apply the framework to identify how to make an impact and purposefully design activities that can strengthen the role of Academic development at the University. The workshop provides a short theoretical background followed by various activities such as design-thinking exercises to enhance creativity whilst applying the frameworks as an analytical tool.  
2:00pm to 5:00pm
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Third Space: How can faculty development contribute to and further the role of Third Space in university change management?

Room: Camelia
Daniel Halter, Benno Volk

Due to quality management systems, accreditation demands and the effects of New Public Management, the clear division of responsibilities between academics and administration staff has softened and a new professional group has arisen (Fernandez and Marquez, 2017). This group is now known as the „Third Space“ (Whitchurch 2006, 2008). We are convinced that people in the Third Space play a pivotal role, not only to the on-going management of the university, but as change agents in the continuing development of how universities are organized and run (Rege Colet, 2010, Taylor & Rege Colet, 2010). Despite this active and important role in organizational processes, there is a dearth of suitable professional training or structured professional development for those who work in the Third Space.

Transparent Design Increases Equity and Underserved Student Success in Higher Education

Room: Dunwoody A
Mary-Ann Winkelmes
Transparent instruction significantly enhances students' success, with greater gains for historically underserved students. This session A) reviews recent findings and educational research behind the concept of transparent teaching/learning; B) engages participants in evaluating concrete examples; C) connects participants in groups to apply transparency to their own assignments or project plans; D) explores implementation strategies for educational developers and faculty in multiple contexts (courses departments, programs, institutions, cross-institutional networks). Developers and faculty will leave with a draft plan, access to materials from 2 US national projects, and a concise set of strategies for promoting student success transparently and equitably.  

Educational Developers Caucus (EDC) Program Accreditation Framework: Introducing the First Canadian Framework for Educational Development Programs

Room: Dunwoody B
Celia Popovic, Suzanne Le-May Sheffield, Cynthia Korpan
In 2015 the Educational Developer’s Caucus (EDC) of Canada launched an initiative to develop a framework for accrediting educational development programs. This has culminated in the first Canadian accreditation framework for educational development programs, available on the EDC website and available to all: In this workshop participants will learn about the new Accreditation Framework. They will have the choice of preparing an accreditation submission for their own program or devising a framework for use in their own country. Small-group and individual activities will be used to cover the process of preparing for accreditation.

Increasing your power and influence as a senior developer

Room: Maplewood A
Shelda Debowski
The capacity to influence university leaders, policy and institutional practice is an important facet of the senior developer role, requiring a strategic approach to positioning of academic development services in universities.  This workshop will explore politics, power and influence in terms of guiding and promoting development strategy. Participants will evaluate their portfolio impact and influence, and review their political capabilities with respect to building partnerships and sponsors. The workshop will explore some ways in which increased reach and influence might be achieved, including the development of partnerships, building persuasive cases for funding and evidence-gathering of needs, impact and outcomes.     

Publishing in the International Journal for Academic Development

Room: Maplewood B
Kathryn Sutherland, Johan Geertsema, Peter Felten, Huang Hoon Chng, Klara Bolander Laksov

Educational development is a growing academic field worldwide with a diverse theory base to reflect the multi-disciplinarity of developers. Many developers want to join this research dialogue with their own contributions, but find the idea of writing and publishing on the Scholarship of Educational Development (SoED) an unclear process.

In this interactive pre-conference workshop, we will guide you through the publication process with ICED’s peer-reviewed International Journal for Academic Development, based on our experience as IJAD co-editors. 


Harnessing the Power of Photographs for Educational Development and Institutional Change

Room: Oakwood B
Martin Springborg, Cassandra Horii
What do images of higher education convey about our institutions and how they are changing? Can photographs play a more intentional role in educational development? While photography has rarely been harnessed for institutional change and faculty development, recent evidence shows it is powerful tool. Workshop participants will explore the stories that photographs tell about institutions and experience methods for incorporating photography into their practices. They will leave ready to leverage this new resource to document teaching and learning, tell their institutions’ and units’ most important stories visually, help instructors discover new insights, and quite possibly change their campus cultures.