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 joseph.topornycky@ubc.ca.

Registration

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

October 15, 19, 21 2017

Waitlist registration is open from Monday August 28th at 9am PST until Friday September 1st 2017 at 4:30pm PST.
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October 22, 28, 29 2017

Waitlist registration is open from Monday September 11th at 9am PST until Friday September 15th 2017 at 4:30pm PST.
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November 20, 21, 23 2017

Waitlist registration is open from Monday September 25th at 9am PST until Friday September 19th 2017 at 4:30pm PST.
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November 25, 26, December 2 2017

Waitlist registration is open from Monday October 9th at 9am PST until Friday October 13th 2017 at 4:30pm PST.
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January 13, 14, 20 2018

Waitlist registration is open from Monday October 23rd at 9am PST until Friday October 27th 2017 at 4:30pm PST.
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January 21, 27, 28 2018

Waitlist registration is open from Monday November 6th at 9am PST until Friday November 10th 2017 at 4:30pm PST.
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February 11, 17, 18 2018

Waitlist registration is open from Monday November 20th at 9am PST until Friday November 24th 2017 at 4:30pm PST.
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February 24, 25, March 3 2018

Waitlist registration is open from Monday December 4th at 9am PST until Friday December 8th 2017 at 4:30pm PST.
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March 10, 17, 18 2018

Waitlist registration is open from Monday January 8th at 9am PST until Friday December 12th 2017 at 4:30pm PST.
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Purpose

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.

Process

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.

Requirements

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.