The Instructional Skills Workshop Program

content imageThe Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW) program is a four–day interdisciplinary workshop that allows participants to explore teaching concepts, build on existing abilities, and practice new teaching approaches. Taught separately to graduate students and faculty members, each ISW involves four days of face–to–face instruction, theory applications and peer discussion. During the workshop, participants have the opportunity to actively practice teaching and receive feedback in a supportive environment. ISW is suitable for all university faculty members and graduate students seeking to sharpen their skills. The program is available at no charge to participants.

The ISW program includes:

  • An introduction to important instructional concepts
  • Sessions on key teaching and learning topics, including:
    • Questioning skills
    • Constructive feedback
    • Learning styles
    • Classroom assessment techniques
    • Learning environments
  • Required to teach three short lessons and receive constructive feedback
  • A structured approach to planning and delivering classes
  • Optional classroom observations by the facilitators

Please be aware that it is important that you participate in all 4 days of the program.

Why take the ISW program?

  • Refine your teaching and learning style
  • Explore new approaches to use in your courses
  • Interact with colleagues from across campus
  • Develop techniques to encourage interaction in your classroom
  • Discover how to better gauge student learning
  • Build confidence in your teaching skills
  • Practice instructional methods in a collegial atmosphere
  • Receive valuable feedback immediately following your teaching
  • Prerequisite for both the UTC and FTC program

Developed in 1978, the ISW program has a long-standing history in instructional development and has been used extensively by many universities across North America. To inquire about or register for an ISW program, please contact Mary–Jane Leeder at 220–3493 or via email at

Dates for Upcoming Programs

Fall 2006/Winter 2007 (9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. each day)

  • October 3, 10, 17, 24 (Graduate Students)
  • November 1, 8, 15, 22 (Graduate Students)
  • November 9, 10, 16, 17 (Faculty)
  • December 12, 13, 14, 15 (Faculty)
  • January 8, 10, 15, 17 (Faculty)
  • January 30, February 1, 8, 15 (Faculty)
  • March 5, 12, 19, 26 (Graduate Students)
  • April 23, 24, 26, 27 (Graduate Students)