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.

ISW graduates may train to become ISW facilitators 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.

These ISWs are online, mostly synchronous, and loaded with fun, interactive techniques to engage learning.  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!


Virtual ISW

May 24, 25, 26, 2022 8:30-4:30PT $595

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Virtual ISW

June 28, 29, 30  2022 8:30-4:30PT $595

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Virtual ISW

August 23, 24, 25 2022 8:30-4:30PT $595

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Virtual ISW

August 29, 30, 31 2022 8:30-4:30PT $595

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ISW participants $595 pp.
FDW facilitator training fee $895 pp. You must be an ISW graduate, actively teaching and completed an interview/planning session to facilitate ISWs in your organization.

Funds are held in trust until the 7 days before class and are non refundable once class has started. eTransfer to or pay by credit card using Paypal button on registration form (adds $17.86 service charge)

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