NJAW 2018 Program

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Wednesday, Oct 10: 12 pm – 4:15 pm EST

12 pm – 12:45 pm EST: Introductory Session 

The Not Just Another Webinar coordinators will kick off the series with an introduction to the sessions, providing an opportunity for participants to engage in some preliminary conversations around the session themes. This opening session will also provide an opportunity for participants to ensure they get the most out of their NJAW experience by learning how to use the webinar platform, asking questions, and exploring strategies for participating as individuals or as part of a group.

1 pm – 2:30 pm EST: Interactive Workshop 1 – Preventing Burnout and Promoting Well-being Amongst Educational Developers (Klodiana Kolomitro, Natasha Kenny, and Suzanne Le-May Sheffield)

To cultivate and support a culture of learners, we must nurture not only our intellectual being but also emotional, spiritual and mental being. Only by encouraging wellness, buoyancy, and optimism can we develop a resilient, strong, and healthy community of scholars. In this session, we will share the results of a survey that was developed and administered to better understand the concept of burnout and workplace well-being amongst educational developers. We aim to use a collaborative process to capture participants’ feedback on the research results and collectively offer strategies for creating flourishing workplace environments.

3:15 pm – 4:15 pm EST: Discussion 1 – Indigenization, Reconciliation, Inclusion: Critical Questions for Educational Developers and our Field (Trevor Holmes & Jennifer Ward)

Participants in this session will hear modelled, and then engage in, some critical dialogue about the settler frameworks in which developers do development. Development is itself a loaded term, of course, and as a field, educational development typically takes a eurocentric and liberal humanist orientation to making better institutions or better teachers. The assumptions the field makes about organizational and individual development may make it difficult to admit different ways of organizing, knowing, and being. The Calls to Action from the Truth and Reconciliation report have given many of us pause, and (we hope) challenged some of our field-defining assumptions. Drawing upon writing and theory by Indigenous authors, this session takes a critical look at institutional approaches to Indigenization and our collective responsibility.


Thursday, Oct 11: 1 pm – 4 pm EST

1 pm – 3 pm EST: Interactive Workshop 2 – WTF! Did you say what I think you said?: Educational Developers, Free Speech, and Learning (Darcy Benoit, Jeanette McDonald, and Jill McSweeney)

The topic of free speech has recently come in the spotlight as a precarious and often taboo topic in higher education. While discussions have focused on the rights and repercussions of faculty and students, there has been a void in conversation with respect to the role, responsibilities, and positioning of educational developers, as advocates of teaching and learning, on this topic. Drawing on controversial statements and case studies, we will engage in open and respectful dialogue as we examine how our work builds on and serves multiple relationships within higher education, and as such, may create a complex ethical conundrum. We will draw upon the upcoming EDC Guide on Ethical Principles for Educational Developers as a foundation to approach the occasionally rough waters of free speech on campus. Based on our interactive discussion, collective experience, and personal reflections, we will draft a set of tips, strategies, and considerations to guide us in our practice.

3:15 pm – 4 pm EST: Discussion 2 – How to use Mastermind Groups in Educational Development (Isabeau Iqbal & Deb Chen)

In this session, we will explore how Mastermind Groups (MMG) can be used in our Educational Development practice. The facilitators will begin by describing what a MMG is and will then share their experience of structuring and facilitating a MMG to complete an internal project. Together, participants will generate ideas on the use of MMG in their own context and elements of a successful MMG. By the end of this webinar, we will have created a Google document with resources and ideas which we can refer to, build upon, and share with others who were not able to attend this session.


Tuesday, Oct 16: 12 pm – 4 pm EST

12 pm – 2 pm EST: Interactive Workshop 3 – “We do stuff”: How to better communicate and evaluate Educational Development work (Carolyn Hoessler & Lorelli Nowell)

Building on earlier discussions about practices in educational development, this session examines how we evidence and communicate the value of educational development work and of teaching and learning centres. We share existing frameworks for evaluation, a process to identify how you may evaluate your own practice, and approaches for communicating evaluation findings  including data visualizations. Together we will discuss why evaluation matters to individual educational developers, to teaching and learning centers, and to higher education institutions; practice the process identifying what to evaluate; and practice interpreting existing evaluation data.

3:15 pm – 4 pm EST: Discussion 3 – Bridging the Divide – ED’s and their role in supporting the changing climate of graduate student education (Jeni Spencer, TAGSA)

Discussions around the evolution of graduate student curricula have increased in response to the lack of traditional academic positions available for graduates, and the changing landscape of employment in general.  But what does this mean for educational developers? This session, led by the TAGSA executive, will open the floor to educational developers to share their tips and practices for supporting faculty as they adjust to the new post-graduate landscape brought about by shifting academia trends and employment demands. We will also discuss how ED’s can support graduates themselves as they begin diversifying their skills portfolios.  Participants will have access to a working google document outlining the ideas generated during this session.


Friday, Oct 19: 12 pm – 4 pm EST

12 pm – 12:45 pm EST: Reflecting on Your Not Just Another Webinar Experience

To wrap up the series, join the Not Just Another Webinar coordinators for an opportunity to share insights, discuss new ideas, and commit to next steps in your (or your centre’s) professional development. This session will encourage critical reflection on your Not Just Another Webinar experience, and offer space to consider how to turn your learning into action.

1 pm – 3 pm EST: Interactive Workshop 4 – Sharing Stories of Indigenization Efforts in our Post-secondary Landscape (Travis Freeman, Kathleen Bortolin & Curtis Maloney)

Contexts and communities vary across Canada; however, there are lessons to be learned from each other’s initiatives. This session is a chance to connect with, listen to and share stories with educational developers from across the country regarding our efforts, accomplishments and challenges as we work toward incorporating Indigenous perspectives into our institutions. If you’ve had successes or setbacks please come and share. It’s through our community that we can grow together. If you are wondering how to start connecting with Indigenous communities, elders, and ways of learning, or where to take the next steps, this session will provide you with a range of practical ideas.

3:15 pm – 4 pm EST: Discussion 4 – Going beyond headcounts: A Discussion of trends in evidencing value of ED work  (Carolyn Hoessler & Lorelli Nowell)

Bring your experiences within teaching centres, universities and beyond to this discussion about emerging and alternative ways of evaluating and communicating the value beyond how many people attended a workshop.

During this discussion-based session, we will draw-upon experiences in the group and added wisdom from national discussions to co-create, in a Google document, a list of existing strategies and future directions for how educational developers evidence the value of our work and the value of teaching centres.