Instructional Skills Workshops (ISW)

Widely recognized around the world as a model for peer-based instructional development, the ISW is designed to strengthen instructors’ skills through intensive and practical exercises in learning-centred teaching. A handbook of resources is provided to augment the workshop.

After successfully completing the 3 day workshop (24 hours), participants receive a certificate of completion recognized by many Canadian and international institutions. Participants also benefit from joining a network of colleagues who are committed to self-discovery and continual improvement of teaching and learning. Interested participants can become facilitators of the Instructional Skills Workshop by taking the 5 day Facilitator Development Workshop (FDW), and becoming part of a team responsible for delivering and supporting the ISW and related activities at their institution or organization.

While this ISW will be online, in a mostly synchronous format, with lots of fun, interactive techniques to engage, the focus is on the teaching and learning process.  Mixing opportunities for small and larger group interaction, the ISW engages participants in:


  • Designing and delivering 3 x 10 minute lessons
  • Developing participatory instructional techniques
  • Listening actively
  • Teaching and learning collaboratively
  • Modelling adult learning principles
  • Giving, receiving and acting on effective feedback


  • Participatory learning
  • Diversity of learning
  • Adult learning theory and application
  • Building learning communities in classrooms and institutions


Thank-you again for facilitating such a fun, informative ISW.  I am so impressed with the way you adapted to online learning.

Thank you again for an engaging, insightful, and challenging couple of days.  I very much enjoyed it.

Thank you for a fantastic 3 days.  I’m still processing!

Thank you very much again Leslie for all your wisdom, time, and beautiful energy you provided us to make this an amazing learning process!

And my personal fave: This was the best learning experience since I’ve been in government!


ISW Online

August 23, 24, 25  8:30-5:30 PT Online $595pp  Sold Out

Sold out

ISW Online

September 7, 8, 9 2021  8:30-5:30 PT Online $595pp

Let’s Do This!

ISW Online

March 21, 22, 23, 2022 PT Online $595pp

Let’s Do This!

Course fee is $595 pp. ‘Open’ seats are available on a first come first served basis with a high level of interest so I encourage you to pay with your registration to secure your seat.  I am holding another date late Aug as back up when this one fills J  I’ll email your invoice and your registration will be confirmed upon receipt of payment.  It will be held in trust until the first day of class.  Funds are non refundable once class has started.  You may eTransfer directly to me at or mail cheque payable to:

Leslie Robinson
3835 20th St SW
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
T2T 6M7

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