2017 Fall Meeting

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The Teaching Commons at York University cannot wait to welcome you to the COED Fall Meeting 2017.

COED Fall Meeting Details

Friday, November 10, 2017, 10 AM to 4 PM

Location: Victor Phillip Dahdaleh Building, 4700 Keele St, Toronto, M3J 1P3

When you arrive, please check-in at the COED Registration Desk.


  •  9:30 to 10:00 Registration & Breakfast
  • 10 to 10:30 Welcoming Remarks & The Year in COED
  • 10:30 to 11:00 Updates by COED Affiliates (OUCEL, COU, EDC)
  • 11:00 to 11:45 SPARK Group Activity (Sparking Thought Provoking Questions)
  • 11:45 to 12:00 Next Year in COED
  • 12:00 to 1:30 Twalk – a walk-based Tweetchat. Our purpose is to allow you to explore the Teaching Commons and other teaching and learning “landmarks” on campus.
  • 1:30 to 1:40 Overview of Open Space Technologies & Afternoon Agenda
  • 1:40 to 2:55 Learning Circles
  • 2:55 to 3:50 Reconvene as large group and present discussion synopsis in plenary.
  • 3:50 to 4:00 Reflection Activity & Closing Remarks

Curriculum Working Group Meeting Details

The purpose of the curriculum working group is to bring together educational developers working on curriculum-related matters at universities and colleges to exchange ideas and resources.

Thursday, November 9, 2017, 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM

Location: Victor Phillip Dahdaleh Building, 4700 Keele St, Toronto, M3J 1P3

When you arrive, please check-in at the COED Registration Desk.


  •  9:30 to 10:00 Registration; Morning Refreshments
  • 10:00 to 12:00 Updates, tools and resources to share, research on curriculum development
  • 12:00 to 1:00 Lunch
  • 1:00 to 4:30 Collaborative projects update, discussion and planning for future curriculum projects

Registration Details

Registration closes Friday, November 3, 2017, at 4:30 PM.

Due to the capacity of the venue, participation at the COED Fall meeting on November 10, 2017 has been capped at 60. If we have reached maximum registration, please feel free to contact you can email mfmistak@yorku.ca or maynat@yorku.ca to be added to a waiting list.

Fees and Payments

COED Fall Meeting: Friday November 10, 2017 | $45.00 / person

Curriculum Working Group: Thursday November 9, 2017 | $35.00 / person

Your registration each day includes refreshments/snack breaks and lunch.

Payment must be received on the day of the event via cash or cheque payable to York University.

Directions and Parking

The below link provides you with campus maps and directions for driving, public transportation, etc. Please note that we are at the Keele Campus in the Victor Phillip Dahdaleh Building (formerly TEL Bldg., next to Seneca College) which is located at 88 Pond Road which is #39 on the campus map. The closest parking garage is at the Student Services Parking Garage which is #84 on the campus map – parking charges apply.


On-Campus Hotel

The Executive Learning Centre. Rooms are limited, so they are on a first come first serve basis. If you require accommodations and wish to make a reservation, please contact guestroom reservations directly by either email reservations@schulich.yorku.ca or call 416-650-8300. Upon booking please use the block quote #250658 and indicate that this is for the COED Fall Annual Meeting.

The rate will be $149.00 per room, per night for single occupancy. This rate includes (1) continental breakfast per room, per night and any incidentals will be extra/added. The rate is subject to applicable taxes. *Note that you must book your room by October 10, 2017.

Near Campus Hotels

Residence Inn by Marriott Vaughan
Address: 11 Interchange Way, Vaughan, ON L4K 5W
Tel: 905-695-4002

Marriott Courtyard Hotel
150 Interchange Way (Hwy #7 and Jane Street), Toronto, ON L4K 5P7
Telephone: 905-660-9938
Fax: 905-660-3988
Toll Free: 1-866-239-3202

COED Fall Meeting Summary

On Thursday, November 9th and Friday, November 10th, the members of COED gathered at the Teaching Commons at York University Toronto for our annual fall meeting and Curriculum Working Group meeting. We had a cold, but fabulously sunny day to share ideas and (re)connect with each other.

Thanks to the thoughtful organization and facilitation provided by Paola Borin from Ryerson University and Sally Heath from Wilfrid Laurier University, on Thursday, 17 members of the Curriculum Working Group spent the day together discussing matters ranging from the state of implementation of outcomes-based curriculum, visualizing curriculum mapping and techniques for facilitating curriculum improvements through program cyclical review as well as other continuous improvement efforts underway at our institutions. We shared resources and methods that we have found to be valuable and we heard updates from the two projects that got underway last year during the Curriculum Working Group meeting. The projects gained new members this year, and the members had an opportunity to connect in-person to plan their progress over the next year. The community will soon have an opportunity to contribute and see how these projects will bring benefits to all who work to support good curriculum design, development, review and renewal processes.

On Friday, 40 colleagues from our colleges and universities gathered to reflect on the activities of the council over the past year, hear updates from the Educational Developers’ Caucus and the Council of Ontario Universities, as well as participate in provocative and cathartic conversations using an approach called Open Space Technologies, about various topics and concerns that we as Educational Developers are facing. The topics discussed include Diversifying ED, Equality, Diversity & inclusion in ED, Identity of an Educational Developer, Involving Students as Partners, Critical Educational Development, Evidence and Impact of Educational Development, and Work-Life Balance.

To break up our day and to get some fresh air and exercise, the COED community participated in a Twalk — a Tweet, Walk, Talk activity. Below is a teaser of some of the Tweets for the day. Search #COEDFallMeeting2017 on Twitter for the full story!

The Annual Fall Meeting also marks the transition in the Executive roles of the Council of Ontario Educational Developers. Mary Wilson and Natasha Patrito Hannon ended their brilliant three-year term on the Executive having made numerous contributions to our group and demonstrating tremendous leadership. Beata Pawlowska assumes the role of past-Chair for the coming year and Natasha May and Mandy Frake-Mistak as our incoming Chairs. We are also happy to announce the results of the recent executive election, with Sally Heath being elected to the role of chair, elect. Please do send her your congratulations if you were unable to attend this year’s annual fall meeting.

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