Instructional Skills Workshops for Grad Students

If you are a program administrator interested in including the ISW as a component of your program please email


ISWs offered for Graduate Students at UBC are in high demand and wait lists for each workshop are typically 80-100+. Wait list registration opens for each session approximately 4-6 weeks before the session date. Please register for a date listed below to be added to the list.

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ISW Dates

May 21, 27, 28 2017

Registration is open from Monday March 13th at 9am PST until Friday March 17th 2017 at 4:30pm PST.
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May 23, 24, 26 2017

Registration is open from Monday March 27th at 9am PST until Friday March 31st 2017 at 4:30pm PST.
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June 3, 4, 10 2017

Registration is open from Monday April 10th at 9am PST until Friday April 14th 2017 at 4:30pm PST.
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June 11, 17, 18 2017

Registration is open from Monday April 24th at 9am PST until Friday April 28th 2017 at 4:30pm PST.
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June 19, 20, 22 2017

Registration is open from Monday May 1st at 9am PST until Friday May 5th 2017 at 4:30pm PST.
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Our 3-day ISWs are 24-hour professional development sessions designed for graduate students interested in developing and enhancing their instructional skills. It caters to individuals new at teaching as well as those who wish to refresh and enhance their skills. We take a learner-centered approach that may have you looking at your students in a whole new light! Participants benefit from practicing skills and sharing ideas in a cooperative environment.


The workshop consists of teaching practice, theory application, and topical sessions specifically relevant to Teaching Assistants and Graduate Students at UBC. During the workshop you will teach three short lessons and receive feedback from your peers. You will work closely with peers and trained facilitators (who are themselves UBC graduate students). In this supportive atmosphere you will have a chance to begin to develop new teaching skills, to enhance existing skills, and/or to try new and challenging ideas.


Due to the interactive nature of this workshop, participants must be comfortable communicating verbally in English. All ISWs run for 3 days from 8:15 am – 5:00 pm each day and attendance is required for the full time.

Transcript Notation

After completing all aspects of this workshop you will be awarded a Certificate of Completion and will receive an entry on your transcript indicating that you have participated in the ISW (indicated as INDS 501).

Registration Deposit

In order to confirm your ISW registration, you will be required to pay a $60 deposit. This deposit is refundable (via cheque) and will be returned to you upon successful competition of the workshop. If you have to cancel before the workshop starts or if you are otherwise unable to complete the workshop once it has started, the deposit cannot be refunded or transferred to other dates/person.