Are you interested in refining your teaching in a small setting with feedback from peers?

If you are teaching in a post secondary institution or an organization then you will want to join the Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW) program. Over four days, through an experiential learning-centered instructional program, you engage with asynchronous lessons then come together synchronously to teach a 10-minute mini-lesson to peer colleagues. In addition, participants experience collegiality, team building, self-reflection, and learn new approaches to working with others.


The program is designed to expand your reflective practice, enhance your teaching, and develop your feedback skills. The underlying principles of the workshop are participatory learning, diversity of learning, adult learning, and the building of learning communities. A handbook of resources is provided to augment the workshop. Upon completion, you receive a certificate that is recognized internationally at prestigious institutions and organizations.


Since 1979, the ISW has been supporting post secondary educators in enhancing their teaching in a respectful learning environment. The ISW has been proven repeatedly to be effective in enhancing instruction. To learn more about the ISW Network, please visit here.

The ISW consists of meeting over four days on Zoom with participants required to additionally complete asynchronous lessons and homework (equals a 24-hour commitment in total). Here is the schedule (time spent synchronously may vary so you will need to be flexible as to when the session ends each day):

Prior to July 22Pre-work 
Reading ISW Handbook
July 22, 9 am to 1 pm (Pacific Time zone) ZoomIntroductions
Overview of program
Theme session about Lesson Plans
ISW Demo of Mini-lesson Cycle
Split into two small groups to plan mini-lessons
Feedback to facilitators
July 22 Asynchronous workAsynchronous lesson about learning outcomes
Prepare mini-lesson
July 23, 9 am to 1 pm (Pacific Time zone) ZoomCheck in and review of feedback
Cycle 1 – 45 minutes
Cycle 2 – 45 minutes
Cycle 3 – 45 minutes
Cycle 4 – 45 minutes
Cycle 5 – 45 minutes
Feedback to facilitators
July 23 Asynchronous workAsynchronous lesson about assessment
Prepare mini-lesson
July 24, 9 am to 1 pm (Pacific Time zone) ZoomCheck in and review of feedback
Cycle 1 – 45 minutes
Cycle 2 – 45 minutes
Cycle 3 – 45 minutes
Cycle 4 – 45 minutes
Cycle 5 – 45 minutes
Feedback to facilitators
July 24 Asynchronous workAsynchronous lesson about active learning
Prepare mini-lesson
July 25, 9 am to 1 pm (Pacific Time zone) ZoomCheck in and review of feedback
Cycle 1 – 45 minutes
Cycle 2 – 45 minutes
Cycle 3 – 45 minutes
Cycle 4 – 45 minutes
Cycle 5 – 45 minutes
Feedback to facilitators
Closing celebration
  • Spots available – 10
  • Eligibility – at any stage in your career
  • Cost – $497.00 US payment required in full upon registration
  • Upon completion – you receive an internationally recognized certificate. To receive the certificate, you are required to complete all components of the ISW.
  • To register – fill out the form below
  • Payment – once you register, payment instructions will be sent to you.


Testimonials:

Cynthia Korpan, PhD
Director
ITeach: Certification in Higher Ed Inc

About me

I have been an ISW facilitator and trainer for over 16 years. ISW facilitators are trained to provide a supportive and enriching environment for faculty, adjuncts, administrators, graduate students, or those teaching in organizations. Through highly effective facilitation techniques and opportunities for feedback, I will ensure that you have what you need to be successful.

I have over 18 years experience in Educational Development in Higher Education and over 35 years related to workplace learning. As the former Director of Teaching Excellence at the University of Victoria, I garnered significant experience in developing programs and courses, teaching undergraduates, graduate students, and professors, and mentoring many about learning and teaching in higher education. In 2017, I was honoured with the Educational Developers Caucus Leadership Award for my national work related to educational development. My research focuses on early career academics’ first teaching in the academic workplace. This work and my expertise has been and continues to be shared with institutions around the world, such as Canada, the United States, China, Uganda, Pakistan, and Ghana.