Objects & Activities

The object of the International Consortium for Educational Development is for the public benefit to advance education worldwide by promoting, sustaining and increasing individual and collective knowledge and understanding of all aspects of educational development in higher education.


ICED achieves this object by engaging in these activities:

1. Advancing educational development through scholarship and research on practice
2. Improving the practice of educational development
3. Reaching out to support new and emerging networks
4. Acting as an international voice for educational development
5. Supporting its member networks

1. ICED advances educational development through scholarship and research on practice through:

Sponsoring the International Journal for Academic Development. IJAD is the journal of the International Consortium for Educational Development. It enables academic staff and educational developers around the world to debate and extend the theory and practice of academic development, in support of the quality of higher education. IJAD’s editorial team is deliberately representative of different regions of the world.

Supporting scholarship as an essential process in all its work.

Encouraging and supporting research into educational development.

Partnering with a member organisation to host a biennial conference to promote the sharing of research and beneficial practices across national boundaries.

Using the opportunities of the international conference to strengthen linkages with IJAD.

Supporting (through briefing, training and mentoring) educational developers wanting to write for publication or to referee and review for IJAD and for Conference proposals.

Supporting members of national networks who want access to an international community for such matters as research information, mentors, tutors and external examiners.

2  ICED improves the practice of educational development through:

Influencing policy and practice relating to educational development through representation at national and international higher education conferences.

Identifying and sharing standards for educational development practice.

Sharing good practice and discussing issues at meetings of the Council and the Consortium, at the biennial Conference, in the International Journal for Academic Development, and through the Web site and the e-mail discussion list.

Training and professional development events for individual educational developers, such as collaborative workshops and pre-conference workshops.

Offering access to advice, guidance and consultancy from the international community of educational developers.

Creating, supporting, advising and guiding collaborative projects across networks and nations.

Contributing to an online repository of resources to share our best practice.

Holding an annual Consortium meeting for Council members to work together, and inviting organisations other than the national networks to join as Associate Members.

Recognising leadership of education development through the Spirit of ICED award.

Forming special interest groups.

Forming partnerships with national and international organisations to advance educational development.

3 ICED reaches out to support new and emerging networks through:

Providing support for educational development in countries where the networks are emerging or the need for educational development is becoming more recognised.

Focussing on the support of emergent network leaders as they move toward formal recognition as a national network or during their formative development of the network.

Where those leading these initiatives might be unable to access sufficient resources to fully engage with the ICED community, seeking to offer support to encourage that engagement.

Guiding emerging educational development networks by offering our expertise, sustainable models, mentorship, coaching, sponsorship, peer support, guidance and resources from our existing networks and members to assist their formation and development.

Providing a comprehensive website where existing networks share their resources, templates and expertise with colleagues and emerging network leaders. This will include historical and constitution, policy documents, minutes of previous AGMs, current contact lists of all members, and participation on ICED’s e-mail list.

Offering support for capacity building visits to the local educational developers or the emerging network.

Assisting with planning capacity building visits or study tours by the new network leaders to other national networks with similar experience.

Encouraging new network leaders to attend as an “observer” on Council (before commencing as an established member).

Encouraging awareness of and attendance at the ICED conference, and in particular, participation at an interactive session for new network leaders where they may meet with established network leaders and seek advice on their network strategy.

Seeking sources of funding to provide general financial support and sponsorship to enable emergent network leaders to attend the ICED meetings and conferences.

4 ICED acts as an international voice for educational development by:

Being a leading international voice for the role of educational development in advancing higher education.

Developing the discipline and practice of, and encouraging careers in, educational development.

Awarding of “The Spirit of ICED” to individuals or networks who have contributed to the advancement of educational development.

Engaging, collaborating and cooperating with international bodies and national or trans-national networks of associations with interests allied to educational development.

Supporting member networks engaging with their ministries and national bodies.

Using the Conference to extend links, both in the host nation and with other nations.

Maintaining a web site which communicates ICED’s purpose and values to an international audience.

5 ICED supports its member networks by:

Maintaining a network of networks through which members can disseminate knowledge, experience, texts and resources.

Training and supporting the professional development of members of national networks to improve their network.

Supporting national networks wishing to make grant applications with international partners.

Supporting local, national and international events organised by member networks.

Enabling national networks to adapt educational development principles, standards and experience to local conditions.

Offering national networks the opportunity to host the biennial Conference or the annual Council and Consortium meeting, to support the development of local educational development.

Making IJAD widely accessible, through publicity, a discounting scheme and the translation of abstracts.

Maintaining a budget and a reserves policy through which it seeks to support its charitable purpose and aims.

Maintaining a single contact point and an administration to support ICED.

Member Organisations

We have 26 member organisations across the world. Click here to see a complete list, with their Council representatives

Starting a New Network

ICED encourages the formation of new national networks to support educational development.


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