Pre-Conference Workshop: 22 November | Park Inn by Radisson Newlands & Southern Sun Newlands
Conference: 23 - 25 November | Baxter Theatre, Park Inn by Radisson Newlands & Southern Sun Newlands
Ethics, Care and Quality in Educational Development
ICED 2016 was hosted by the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Stellenbosch University,
the University of Cape Town and the University of the Western Cape.
About the Conference
Educational development has particular responsibilities with regard to ethics, care and quality enhancement in higher education because of the nature of its practice and the benefits it seeks to take to faculty and students. Educational developers, in faculties and in teaching and learning centres, have encountered many challenges around ethics, care and quality in the daily practice of their profession. Institutions have commonly understood ethics, care and quality as separate functions, rather than as integrated practice, and have tended to delegate these responsibilities to research ethics committees, Human Resource departments (custodians of institutional codes of conduct), or to Quality Managers. Are ethics, care and quality mutually compatible for educational development practitioners? Might professional ethics in one discipline conflict with ethical conduct in our own fields of teaching, learning and educational research? Should care in educational development work be sacrificed to the needs of quality audits? Ethics, care and quality have global and local dimensions. Could ethical educational development practice in one university be unacceptable in another? What is the difference between care and codes of conduct? Are there particular principles of ethics, care and quality that could be considered valid for all educational development practitioners, independent of our contexts?
With these questions (and many others) in mind, we are delighted to announce the theme of ICED 2016: ‘Ethics, Care and Quality in Educational Development’. The conference theme lends itself to a variety of sub-themes, such as the ethics of educational research and evaluation, ethics, care and quality in the funding of university teacher development and excellence awards, ethics, care and quality in formal staff development programmes, etc. The conference theme is intended to re-focus the practice of educational development, to encourage critical thinking on the roles and responsibilities of educational developers, and to offer opportunities for researchers and theorists to explore the complex relationships between ethics, care and quality enhancement that have always been at the centre of our work.