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.

Waitlist Sign Up

ISWs offered for Graduate Students at UBC are in high demand and waitlists for each workshop are typically 20+. Waitlist sign up opens for each session approximately four to six weeks before the session date. Please sign up for a date listed below to be added to the list.

Find out more information about our equitable registration process.

Eligibility

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
    • Winter Session Term 1 (September-December), Term 2 (January-April)
    • Summer Session Term 1 (May-June), Term 2 (July-August)
  • 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

2024 ISW Dates

August 3, 10 & 11, 2024 (In-person)

3 sessions

  • Saturday, August 3
  • Saturday, August 10
  • Sunday, August 11

Waitlist sign up will open on Friday, June 21, 2024 at 9 am and will close on Wednesday, July 31, 2024 at 4:30 pm.

August 26, 28 & 30, 2024 (In-person, weekdays)

3 sessions

  • Monday, August 26
  • Wednesday, August 28
  • Friday, August 30

Waitlist sign up will open on Friday, July 12, 2024 at 9 am and will close on Wednesday, August 21, 2024 at 4:30 pm.

September 9, 11, and 16, 2024 (In-person, weekdays)

3 sessions

  • Monday, September 9
  • Wednesday, September 11
  • Monday, September 16

Waitlist sign up will open on Friday, July 26, 2024 at 9 am and will close on Wednesday, September 4, 2024 at 4:30 pm.

September 10, 14, 21, & 28, 2024 (Online)

4 sessions

  • Tuesday, September 10
  • Saturday, September 14
  • Saturday, September 21
  • Saturday, September 28

Waitlist sign up will open on Friday, July 26, 2024 at 9 am and will close on Wednesday, September 4, 2024 at 4:30 pm.

September 29, October 5, & 6, 2024 (In-person)

3 sessions

  • Sunday, September 29
  • Saturday, October 5
  • Sunday, October 6

Waitlist sign up will open on Friday, August 16, 2024 at 9 am and will close on Wednesday, September 25, 2024 at 4:30 pm.

Purpose

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.

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. Full attendance is required for the dates and times listed on the registration page.

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

Please note that signing up for the waitlist does not guarantee a spot in the ISW. If you are selected as a participant, you will receive an email to confirm your registration about 2-3 weeks beforehand. 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.