Instructional Skills Workshop

Time: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Who: Interested faculty, sessional/lab instructors, graduate teaching assistants and staff
ISW facilitators: Sean Maurice, Heather Smith, Tracy Summerville and Umesh Parshotam, UNBC Location:UNBC PG Campus – rooms TBA

Join experienced ISW facilitators for an intense three day workshop designed to assist new and experienced educators be more effective teachers. Participants will discuss and practice a variety of teaching approaches in a supportive, peer-based atmosphere. This interactive workshop will cover the spectrum of instructional practices from lesson planning and delivery to gathering feedback. Spaces for the ISW are limited. More information on the Instructional Skills Workshop and related teaching resources
Who can apply?

Interested faculty, sessional/lab instructors, graduate teaching assistants and staff.
ISW Program Goals

•    Widely recognized as a forum for peer-based instructional development, the ISW is designed to strengthen instructors' skills through intensive, yet practical exercises in learner-centred teaching.  Mixing small and large group interaction, the workshop will engage participants in: 
  • generating effective feedback and discussion
  • planning and delivering "mini-lessons" 
  • developing participatory instructional techniques 
  • listening actively 
  • learning and teaching collaboratively
•    Through the workshop, facilitators will be encouraging participants to experiment and attempt new methods not normally used in their discipline.  A digital recording will be used to provide an individualized record of progress and participants will be actively engaged in the feedback process.  A unique and rewarding experience, the ISW not only builds skills and confidence, but also enables participants to learn from and foster partnerships with colleagues from other disciplines.

•    Participants successfully completing the entire 3-day program will receive a Certificate of Completion that may be applied as credit to the Provincial Instructor Diploma Program.  This "graduation" ceremony will take place at the end of Day 3.


Your commitment to the workshop for the entire three days should be complete--attendance during the hours listed above is important for your success in the program. You will be working in small groups for most of the workshop.  We have found that it is critical for the success of each small group’s work together that participants do not have any other appointments during the workshop hours.  Participants in previous workshops have also highlighted that it is important not to try to conduct regular university business during the 3-day program.

ISW participants should note that in addition to the 3 days of “in-class” work, there is also some homework. In other words, participants are advised to reserve time outside of class time for this additional work and avoid scheduling other activities.

Registration procedure

•    Complete and submit the online application/registration form. Space is limited.
•    Submit a $50 deposit* (Please Note: This workshop is offered free of charge to UNBC faculty, staff and graduate students. The $50 refundable deposit is required to complete your registration. The deposit will be refunded upon the completion of the workshop)
•    You will be notified via e-mail about the status of your registration
•    If your registration is successful, you will receive, prior to the workshop, an e-mail with the details on how to prepare for the ISW
*Payment can be made by personal cheque or by completing the attached internal requisition and submitting it to the CTLT office, Teaching and Learning Building, room 10-3042).
For more information on the Instructional Skills Workshops, please contact:

 The Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology
Phone: (250) 960-6509