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Wednesday, June 22 • 15:45 - 16:35
CON04.12 - Communicating why we do what we do to enable others and effect change in postsecondary education: creating an educational development (ED) philosophy statement

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Philosophy statements are prepared to help us communicate a set of beliefs that motivate action (Jenkins, 2011). Teaching philosophy statements have become increasingly embedded in post-secondary education (see for example: Schönwetter et al., 2002). Building upon work by Wright & Miller (2000), ED philosophy statements have been increasingly embraced by educational developers to reflect upon and communicate what our beliefs are about educational development, why we hold these beliefs, and how we translate these beliefs into practice. However, few resources exist to help support educational developers, instructors, and educational leaders in creating an effective philosophy statement that articulates why they do what they do to enable others and effect change in postsecondary education. Based upon resources and activities presented in the inaugural resource guide for the Educational Developers Caucus of Canada (McDonald et al., 2016), this workshop will engage participants in a variety of individual and collaborative activities and provide a clear framework for creating an educational development philosophy statement. By the end of this session, participants will be able to create and/or revise their ED philosophy statement, as well as share resources and provide feedback to help others strengthen their ED philosophy statement.

Jenkins, C. (2011). Authenticity through reflexivity: Connecting teaching philosophy and practice. Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 51, 72-89.

McDonald, J., Kenny, N., Kustra, E., Dawson, D., Iqbal, I., Borin, P., & Chan, J. (2016). Educational Development Guide Series: No. 1. The Educational Developer’s Portfolio. Ottawa, Canada: Educational Developers Caucus.

Schönwetter, D. J., Sokal, L., Friesen, M., & Taylor, L. K. (2002). Teaching philosophies reconsidered: A conceptual model for the development and evaluation of teaching philosophy statements. International Journal for Academic Development, 7(1), 83-97.

Wright, W. A., & Miller, J. E. (2000). The educational developer’s portfolio. International Journal for Academic Development, 5(1), 1-5.

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Natasha Kenny

Senior Director, University of Calgary, Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning
Natasha Kenny holds a PhD in Land Resource Science and is Senior Director of the University of Calgary’s Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning (TI). In her role, Natasha leads and collaborates with colleagues across the TI and university to strengthen teaching and learning... Read More →

Wednesday June 22, 2016 15:45 - 16:35 EDT
UCC 146