Our Executive rotate through three positions on an annual basis: Chair-Elect, Chair, and Past Chair. Listed below are the current members. Vice-Chairs are appointed by COED to lead Working Groups as needed.

Chair Elect 2010-2011 (Chair in 2011-2012, Past Chair 2012-2013)


Carol Miles
Director, Learning Technologies and Teaching Support & Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Carleton University

Carol Miles completed her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology specializing in Educational Measurement & Evaluation at the University of Calgary in 1998. In 2002, she was appointed founding Director of Carleton University’s Educational Development Centre—assuming responsibility for the support and improvement of university teaching, as well as for the support and advocacy of the use of technology in teaching at Carleton. She has been responsible for a number of innovative faculty development programs at Carleton University, and is responsible for the development of initiatives intended to recognize and reward teaching excellence both internal and external to Carleton. Since 2005 her position has been expanded to Director, Learning Technologies and Teaching Support, to reflect a larger portfolio which includes responsibility for Copyright Compliance, Faculty Recruitment and Support, and Instructional Media Services as well as the design, production, and broadcast of programs on Carleton University Television. CUTV has now been transformed into Carleton University OnLine (CUOL), with Carol as the founding director of this initiative.

Carol was Program Chair of both the CSSE (Canadian Society for Studies in Education) and the CSSHE (Canadian Society for Studies in Higher Education) national conferences at the Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities Congress in 2009, and currently sits on the board as Treasurer of the Canadian Society for Studies in Higher Education, as well as Managing Editor of the Canadian Journal of Higher Education and Program Chair for the 2011 conference. Carol is also a Steering Committee Member of eLearnNetwork.ca, and sat for several years as a member of the adjudicating committee of the Inukshuk Fund. She has published numerous papers and given conference presentations on a wide variety of topics relating to university pedagogy, evaluation, and educational technology.

Prior to joining Carleton, she was a faculty member teaching educational measurement and statistics in the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Education, as well as at the University of Calgary and Mount Royal College, also in Calgary, where she was the recipient of several teaching awards.

Carol looks forward to working with COED in order to assure that Ontario's educational developers provide a progressive and unified presence to provincial and federal agencies on the considerable number of important matters currently affecting higher education.

Chair-Elect 2009-2010 (Chair in 2010-2011, Past Chair 2011-2012)


Michael Potter
Educational Consultant, Centre for Teaching and Learning, University of Windsor

I'm an educational consultant at the Centre for Teaching and Learning at the University of Windsor, where much of my time is spent supporting early career faculty and teaching assistants, coordinating our University Teaching Certificate program, and helping people work on outcome-based curricula. I see myself as a slowly-constructed bridge between the worlds of educational development and philosophy, still just a few pillars poking out of the water. But if there's a new brick every year, well, that's progress.

I’ve not been in educational development for very long. Before coming to the University of Windsor I spent four years working part-time for the Centre for Leadership in Learning at McMaster University, where I created and coordinated the Teaching Assistants Network. Splitting my life between sessional teaching and educational development, I began to feel myself torn between worlds. The EDC conference in Guelph (February 2007) toppled me off my fence. The sessions I attended were gratifying, but more to the point I realized, finally, that there was a stark contrast between the worlds of educational development and traditional academia. Educational developers are, by and large, genuinely passionate about their work, friendly, devoted to practical projects that could make a difference, informal and unpretentious. And theirs is a culture that truly values resource-sharing and collaboration for the greater good.

Now I'd like to become more involved in the educational development world through COED. I support Trevor’s plans to focus on assessment and collaboration, which can, together, help us move forward while recognizing and safeguarding our present strengths. As the complexity of the educational development and academic landscapes increases, our challenge will be to adapt to meet those challenges with integrity, mindful of what we already do well, that the culture of educational development has strengths of its own.

Chair 2009-2010 (Past Chair in 2010-2011)


Trevor Holmes (Founding Chair)
Senior Instructional Developer, Centre for Teaching Excellence, University of Waterloo
Contract Academic Staff, Cultural Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University

Currently I am Senior Instructional Developer, Programming at the Centre for Teaching Excellence, University of Waterloo. I also teach Cultural Studies 101 at Wilfrid Laurier University each Winter Term. Most recently, I have been very involved in curriculum processes within academic departments.
On some level, my career in educational development has been a happy accident. Nearly ten years ago, I found myself running a teaching centre at Trent University. I was also in charge of advising part-time and Oshawa campus students, and teaching in Cultural Studies. It was overwhelming. I drew on experiences as a TA developer at York, where I completed the University Teaching Practicum; however, what helped me most was the mentoring I had through the IDO Ontario and the Eastern EdTech groups. Since then, I've relied annually on our November "IDO" meetings to recharge my batteries and to gain new wisdom in my roles first at Guelph, then at Waterloo Universities. My service to the COED community is meant, in part, to start giving back to the people and the organisation that got me on my feet. As well, I find this to be a really fascinating time to be involved in higher education locally and globally. Two things I tried to focus on in my term as Chair included:

  1. the landscape of assessment as it plays out in our daily work (through UDLEs, iterative curriculum and course design, and evaluating our own centres)
  2. collaboration within our group (through a working group model with Vice-Chairs) and with other groups, such as OUCEL, OCUL, OCULL, OCAV, EDC, STLHE, ICED: what framework makes most sense to leverage the great talents of our colleagues within COED and around the country, or the world?