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