Program Overview and Goals

Developed in British Columbia in the late 1970s, the ISW was initially intended for new instructors. Since then, the program has grown extensively and has become a component of many faculty development programs across colleges and universities in Canada, the United States, and around the world.

The ISW is a peer-based, three-day (24 hours) workshop, guided by experienced facilitators, which embodies three elements:

  • Competency-based instruction;
  • Experiential learning;
  • Provision of growth-producing feedback.

The overall goals of the ISW are to help participants develop increased competence and confidence as facilitators of learning, and provide resources to assist them with their ongoing practice of professional reflection. They will also have the opportunity to learn from and establish partnerships with colleagues from other disciplines at the University of Manitoba

Process and Participation

During an ISW, participants will take part in:

  • Generating effective feedback and discussion
  • Planning and delivering three “mini-lessons”
  • Developing participatory instructional techniques
  • Listening actively
  • Learning and teaching collaboratively

Participants are expected to commit fully to the three days and to prepare the required work, each evening, for the next day. They will be working in small groups for most of the workshop. We have found that it is critical for the success of each small group’s work together that they do not have any other appointments during the workshop hours.

Participants from previous workshops have also highlighted that it is important not to try to conduct regular university business during the three-day program.


Once participants have completed the ISW, they will receive a Certificate of Completion from the Centre for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning and University of Manitoba.

ISW Official Website

To learn more about ISW, please check the following link.

Instructional Skills Workshop Network


All primary facilitators have received ISW facilitation certification through the ISW International Advisory Committee.

ISW Facilitators at the Centre:

Name Contact
Alex Kozelko
Colleen Webb
Cora Chojko-Bolec
Jennifer Rausch
Michael Link
Mona Maxwell
Yunyi Chen

Dates and Registration

Tuesday, February 19 - Thursday, February 21, 2019

Designated ISW for Sessional Instructors (faculty nominees).

This session will be held at the Centre (65 Dafoe Road) 8:00 Am – 4:30 PM each day. Registration is limited to 10 spaces and participants must be nominated by their faculty or department. If you are interested in attending, please discuss with your dean or department head.
No waitlist will be maintained.

* We anticipate another ISW program will be held in the reading week of fall break of 2019.