Documentation:CTLT Programs/ISWCoP

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Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW) Community of Practice

We've heard consistent feedback that participants want a chance to re-connect after the ISW to share what you've tried in the 'real world' of the classroom. We've heard you, and in Fall 2012 we launched a community of practice for those who have finished the ISW.

A community of practice is a group whose members "share a passion for something they do and who interact regularly to learn how to do it better" (Wenger, 2006). The Instructional Skills Workshop Community of Practice allows ISW participants to connect, share insights and challenges, and learn from one anothers' experiences.

The community is open to anyone who has participated in the ISW and is interested in building instructional skills, sharing experiences, and connecting with other ISW alumni who are passionate about instructional skills. At meetings, we will explore our common interests and discuss ways that we have implemented ISW learnings in practice. Ongoing meeting topics are decided collectively, and could include discussing practical application of specific portions of content shared in the ISW such as writing learning objectives or designing interactive activities.

To get an idea of past meeting topics and to see some examples of emails to the community, see the ISW CoP Updates.

To receive emails about upcoming community events, resources, and more, email with 'add to ISW CoP' as the subject line. Please include the year in which you completed the ISW in your email.

The community is currently seeking new co-facilitators! If you are interested in this role, please email

Co-Facilitators, March 2013 - May 2014

Kerry Knox

Kerry is a Science Teaching and Learning Fellow for the Carl Wieman Science Education Initiative, based in the Department of Chemistry at UBC. Originally from the UK, Kerry arrived in Vancouver in 2010 to carry out postdoctoral research in atmospheric aerosol science. Kerry co-facilitated the Instructional Skills Workshop Community of Practice from March 2013 to May 2014.

Spring Gillard

Spring is currently completing an MA in Educational Studies at UBC. Previously she worked as a communications consultant. She has also developed and delivered environmental programs and sustainability tours for a variety of clients, from non-profits to government, educational institutions to corporations. She blogs at Spring co-facilitated the ISW CoP from March 2013 to May 2014.