LIDC - External Review

Update - February 2008

 Below are documents related to the external review of the LIDC:

  • View Dr. Bill Krane's memo on the External Review of the LIDC
  • View a summary of the LIDC External Review report
  • View LIDC's response to the External Review report


The Associate Vice President, Academic has scheduled the External Review of the Learning and Instructional Development Centre (LIDC) at Simon Fraser University for June 20 – 22, 2007.

The members of the External Review team are:

Dr. Christian Blanchette (Chair)
Director, Teaching and Learning Support Service
University of Ottawa

Dr. Heather Smith
Acting Dean, Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology
University of Northern BC

Ms. Lynn Copeland (internal member)
Dean, Library Services
Simon Fraser University

**The Terms of Reference for the LIDC External Review are listed below.

LIDC External Review
Terms of Reference

May 2007

The Learning and Instructional Development Centre (LIDC) was established to provide support to the University community with respect to teaching enhancement, pedagogical innovation, instructional development, learning technology applications, media production and audio visual services.

The present LIDC evolved from the amalgamation of several independent units over the course of time including the Centre for University Teaching, the Instructional Media Centre, the eLearning Innovation Centre, and the Centre for Writing Intensive Learning.

1. Does the LIDC assume a leadership role in creating an outstanding teaching and learning environment for SFU's faculty and students? Does it employ best practices in serving the needs of the University community within the areas of its mandate?

2. Are the resources available to the LIDC being employed efficiently and effectively? Are there areas which require attention and improvement?

3. Is the mandate of the LIDC appropriately defined relative to other Canadian centres of teaching and learning? Should the LIDC's scope of activities be broadened or narrowed relative to this norm? If so, what changes in mandate, function, and organization would be implied?

4. Has the "outreach" model employed by the LIDC been effective in establishing solid working relationships with SFU's departments, schools, and Faculties? Has the LIDC developed useful collaborations with other University administrative units?

5. Are the professional development programs and events delivered by the LIDC effective and well-regarded?

6. SFU has three major campuses: Burnaby, Vancouver, and Surrey. Are all three receiving a high level of service from the LIDC?

7. SFU will soon undertake a search for a new Director of the LIDC. What characteristics should the new leader possess? Comment on the merits of an academic secondment versus a professional staff appointment.

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Interested members of the university community are invited to send written submissions directly to Dr. Christian Blanchette, the Chair of the LIDC External Review committee, at the University of Ottawa by June 12, 2007. Submissions should include the author’s name and address and be marked “Confidential – for the LIDC External Review Committee.”

You may contact Dr. Blanchette

By mail:
Dr. C. Blanchette, Director, TLSS
120 University Street, Room 209
University of Ottawa
Ottawa, Ontario K1N 6N5

By email:

By fax: 613 562-5237


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