Instructional Skills Workshops for Grad Students

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ISWs offered for Graduate Students at UBC are in high demand and waitlists for each workshop are typically 80–100+. Waitlist registration opens for each session approximately four to six weeks before the session date. Please register for a date listed below to be added to the list. We will maintain a clear focus on ensuring high-quality remote instruction. This approach is based on the current guidelines and direction of the Provincial Health Officer, public health agencies, and the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training.

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A participant who wishes to take the Grad ISW is eligible if they are:

  • a full-time or part-time registered graduate student at UBC during the academic term when the ISW is offered
  • a graduate student at UBC who has completed degree requirements but has not yet convocated
  • a joint degree graduate student who is enrolled at UBC and another institution
  • a graduate student at UBC pursuing non-degree studies
  • a visiting graduate student that is eligible to take courses

A participant who wishes to take the Grad ISW is not eligible if they are:

  • not a graduate student at UBC
  • a graduate student at UBC who has on-leave status
  • a visiting graduate student that is not eligible to take courses

2020 ISW Dates

August 9 to 24 (Online)

7 sessions

  • Sunday, August 9
  • Saturday, August 15
  • Sunday, August 16
  • Monday, August 17
  • Saturday, August 22
  • Sunday, August 23
  • Monday, August 24

Waitlist registration will close on Wednesday August 5 at 4:30 p.m. PST.
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September 9 to 20 (Online)

4 sessions

  • Wednesday, September 9
  • Sunday, September 13
  • Thursday, September 17
  • Sunday, September 20

Waitlist registration will close on Friday September 4 at 4:30 p.m. PST.
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October 8 to 19 (Online)

4 sessions

  • Thursday, October 8
  • Tuesday, October 13
  • Friday, October 16
  • Monday, October 19

Waitlist registration opens on Monday, August 24 and will close on Friday, October 2 at 4:30 p.m. PST.
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Our three-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-centred 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 Confirmation and Fine

In order to confirm your registration you are required to come to CTLT’s offices to receive the ISW manual, and to sign a written confirmation of your registration. Once you have confirmed your registration, you agree to pay a $60 fine if you cancel your registration or fail to complete the workshop for any reason.