The EDC is the educational developers caucus, an association of  instructional designers who work for Canadian universities.

Educational Developers Conference 2018

Most Canadian universities emerged from government funding, originally from the federal government; then in the 1980s  the shift to provincial government responsibility along with a host of change forces that dramatically re-shaped funding for postsecondary education. In Canada, the number of universities has grown  since the late twentieth century, as the mix of colleges and universities expanded to deliver a wider range of for profit education. Most of the Canadian universities have a centre of teaching and learning, which performs many roles, one of which is instructional design of courses and programs, with the practitioners known as education developers. Other roles of a centre of teaching and learning includes teaching faculty how to teach and faculty development or programs for the career growth of those who teach in universities.

At EDC 2018, the intention is to explore where we are in our practice as educational developers and the innovation emerging as well as how to pursue professional growth in this Canadian community. The EDC relates to the Canadian society, known as Society for Teaching ad Learning in Higher Education, STLHE. At this point I know there is a connection; however, I am unclear about the formalities of this relationship. I’ve been a member of both the EDC and STLHE for many years and will become more involved in 2018.

The conference, EDC 2018, takes place in Victoria, BC; so I was able to travel by car to attend. As I review the schedule for the next three days and map my preferences, I note there is much to choose from.  One pre-conference session tomorrow morning addresses the challenge for educators to integrate Indigenous and non-Indigenous students and faculty. This is a key theme in Western Canada and in the Prairie provinces, where substantial populations of First Nations  reside. To sharpen our practice we require negotiating skills because the role of the education developer is to help leaders, whether faculty or administrators, to change the curriculum, the course, and the way of learning for a diverse student population. A pre-conference session offers an interactive workshop on negotiation skills. My choice is the third option for the first morning session, which has a research focus; Demystifying educational development evaluation with an action research approach.