This section shares the competencies (qualities, skills, knowledge and applications) of an educational developer at various stages of their career from entry level to a very experienced senior level.

Journey of a Faculty Member

Creative Commons License: CC BY-SA 4.0 | Liesel Knaack, Centre for Innovation and Excellence in Learning, Vancouver Island University (2017)

Educational developers will find it helpful to understand the journey of a faculty member so they can see where their role fits and what sorts of consulting and supports they can provide. This diagram is a simplified overview of the typical journey of teaching faculty/instructors/faculty members may encounter in their teaching career. The explanation is part of the handout.

Handout of Image and Explanation: Journey of a Faculty Member.docx

New/Entry Level To Educational Development: Competencies

This set of competencies is geared for faculty members considering an enhancement to their practice or wanting to engage in educational leadership opportunities. Focused on the 'knowing, being and doing' aspects of being an educational developer, the one page chart hopefully may help faculty explore some of these skills, knowledge and abilities to broaden their career. 

This chart was developed for a workshop the Centre does on responding to and initiating change in teaching and learning whereby faculty members are exposed to the field of educational development.

Competencies Chart: PDF |  Excel

Novice Educational Developer: Competencies

This set of competencies is geared for those working in teaching and learning centres or similar units whereby a larger percentage of the job is focused on educational developer activities. This chart also includes the 'know, be do's' of the position including attributes and qualities, knowledge, skills and abilities and applications of learning. 

This chart was developed for Centre for Innovation and Excellence in Learning staff who were considering being an educational developer or for new hires that were more at the novice level. The self-assessment checklist aids staff in understanding the competencies a bit more fully with guided statements for individual exploration.

Competencies Chart:  Novice Competencies (PDF)

Self-Assessment Checklist:  Novice Self-Assessment Checklist (Word Doc)

Intermediate Educational Developer: Competencies

This set of competencies is geared for those working in teaching and learning centres or similar units whereby a larger percentage of the job is focused on educational developer activities. This chart also includes the 'know, be do's' of the position including attributes and qualities, knowledge, skills and abilities and applications of learning. 

This chart was developed for Centre for Innovation and Excellence in Learning staff who were being hired or developing into a more intermediate/more experienced educational developer. The self-assessment checklist aids staff in understanding the competencies a bit more fully with guided statements for individual exploration.

Competencies Chart:  Intermediate Competencies (PDF)

Self-Assessment Checklist:  Intermediate Self-Assessment Checklist (Word Doc)

Senior Educational Developer: Competencies

This set of competencies is geared for those working in teaching and learning centres or similar units whereby possibly all of the job is focused on educational developer activities.

These competencies could also apply to Associate Directors, Directors and Senior Level Managers. 

This chart was developed for Centre for Innovation and Excellence in Learning staff who were being hired or developing into a senior educational developer role. The self-assessment checklist aids experienced staff in understanding the competencies a bit more fully with guided statements for individual exploration.

Competencies Chart: Senior Competencies (PDF)

Self-Assessment Checklist:  Senior Self-Assessment Checklist

Educational Developer Portfolios

This is an outstanding guide book for assisting those wanting to build a digital collection of reflections and learning experiences in the field of educational development.

Educational Developers Caucus (STLHE) Guide Book: PDF | Website

Examples of Educational Developer ePortfolios:

Rubric for Portfolio Assessment: Rubric (Word Doc)

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