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Community Forum for Education and Evaluation Scholars

Community Objective

The Community Forum for Education and Evaluation Scholars (CoFEES) provides a space for education and evaluation scholars across the academic health sciences system to connect, exchange ideas, debate and share research.

Community Description

CoFEES is a partnership between CFD, Applied Education Research Operatives (AERO), and the Sunnybrook Education Research Unit (ERU) and is led collaboratively by representatives from each organization. It is a revitalized version of Education Research Community.

CoFEES hosts three signature events:

  1. The Dialogue and Debate Series
  2. The Safe Pitch Series
  3. The Annual Colloquium

Dialogue and Debate Series

This series provides a safe space for scholars to discuss provocative ideas, question established practices, and examine tensions in research on diverse issues. Once a month, we facilitate a session featuring two presentations from scholars leading research on a topic of broad relevance to our community. This is followed by moderated discussions and community discussions. Healthy, collegial debate is encouraged. We strive to invite at least one speaker from outside our local (TAHSN) community for each session in order to engage unique perspectives and insights.

Upcoming topics for the series include:

  • Pros and problems in research on transformative pedagogy
  • Tensions in research on self-regulated learning
  • Contentious issues in simulation research: Humanist vs behaviorist design
  • Risk vs reward in mandating program evaluation
  • The CBME debates: Illuminating empirical and philosophical critiques
  • New vs old statistics: Trouble in sight for ANOVAs and p-values?
  • Research on implicit bias: Contentious issues
  • Problematic evolutions in the manifestation of racism

To provide a safe space for debate and discussion and facilitate a sense of community among our participants, space is limited for each session. Registration is required to attend.

Where: Virtual event via Zoom (registration required)
When: 1st or 2nd Thursday of each month
Schedule and Registration: Coming soon

The Safe Pitch Series

The Safe Pitch Series provides a space for scholars to share presentations on early-stage scholarly projects with the CoFEES community. Both emerging and established scholars can solicit ideas, advice, and feedback from the broader community. Presenters can participate by reaching out directly to the faculty lead (Betty Onyura, to request a time slot. They may also be invited or nominated by CoFEES community members.

Where: Virtual event via Zoom (registration required)
When: Mondays 12:00-1:00pm every two months
Schedule and Registration: Coming soon

The Annual Colloquium

The Annual Colloquium is held once a year in June to a topic that is of broad interest to the community. Invited speakers are from outside our local community. The next Annual Colloquium is scheduled to June 2022. Date and time details to follow.

Meet our Community

Coming soon.


Betty Onyura
Faculty Lead
Centre for Faculty Development

Ryan Brydges
Faculty Co-Lead
Applied Education Research Operatives

Lisa di Prospero
Faculty Co-Lead
Education Research Unit

Emilia Kangasjarvi
Education Coordinator

Community Overview

Prerequisites: None

Who should register: Education; Evaluation & Interdisciplinary Scholars; Clinician Educators; Any interested party

Format: Virtual

Upcoming Dates: Monthly (September – June)

Fees: none

Register: Registration required.  Please click here to see our Upcoming Sessions

Certificate: N/A

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Upcoming Events

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    This workshop focuses on actively engaging emotion and affect as a form of knowledge through storytelling. It describes how emotional memory transforms knowledge through close listening to another’s experience and how relational possibilities can occur through mutual narrative experience.
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    This workshop will provide an opportunity for in-depth exploration of the science of adaptive expertise. We will describe the construct of adaptive expertise, present examples of evidence-based cognitive and curricular mechanisms that support development of adaptive expertise and help participants envision the translation of theoretical research into education practice.
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    End 12:00 pm EST
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    This workshop will explore and unpack common barriers and insecurities in taking on a more active role of allyship. Participants will complete a structured critical process that culminates in specific strategies for recognizing opportunities for allyship, and practicing and debriefing what to say and//or do.
    • Stepping Stones
    • Workshop
    Start 09:00 am EST
    End 12:00 pm EST
    Location Online


Q. How do I create and/or activate my account to log into the site?

A. To create a CFD user account please click here. If you have already created an account, click here to log in. Please note you will be required to set up a new account and password for our new website. We will connect your account with your previous CFD event records.

Q. Is there a cost to attend your programs?

A. There is a cost to participate in some of our programs. The cost of each of our programs varies and in some cases, the cost varies depending on your status with the Temerty Faculty of Medicine at University of Toronto and/or in which hospital you work.

Q.I do not have a faculty appointment in the Temerty Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto. Can I still attend your workshops, programs and/or events? Is there a fee?

A. Anyone whose education activities include teaching, leading, scholarship and advocacy are welcome to attend our workshops, programs and/or events. Specific pre-requisite criteria may apply. Please refer to each workshop, program or event page for details. All fees and discounts (where applicable) can be found in the workshop, program and event pages.

Q.I am interested in having one of your workshops offered at my home site/department. Do you offer this type of service?

A. Please contact us for further information.

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Our Programs

The CFD offers a number of exceptional programs to meet current and emerging faculty development needs across the health system. View the full listing of CFD’s programs to determine which may best meet your interests and needs.

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