Documentation:CTLT programs/ISW Grad Students

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Our three day Instructional Skills Workshops (ISWs) are 24-hour professional development sessions designed for graduate students interested in developing and enhancing their instructional skills. It caters to individuals new at teaching as well as those who wish to refresh and enhance their skills. We take a learner-centered approach that may have you looking at your students in a whole new light! Participants benefit from practicing skills and sharing ideas in a cooperative environment.


The workshop consists of teaching practice, theory application, and topical sessions specifically relevant to Teaching Assistants and Graduate Students at UBC. During the workshop you will teach 3 short lessons and receive feedback from your peers. You will work closely with peers and trained facilitators (who are themselves UBC graduate students). In this supportive atmosphere you will have a chance to begin to develop new teaching skills, to enhance existing skills, and/or to try new and challenging ideas.


Due to the interactive nature of this workshop, participants must be comfortable communicating verbally in English. All ISWs run for 3 days, from 8:15am-5:00pm each day and attendance is required for the full time.

Transcript Notation

After completing all aspects of this workshop you will be awarded a Certificate of Completion, and will receive an entry on your transcript indicating that you have participated in the ISW (indicated as INDS 501).

Registration Deposit

ISWs require a $60 deposit to confirm your registration. This deposit is refundable upon completion of the workshop. If you have to cancel before the workshop starts or if you are otherwise unable to complete the workshop once it has started, the deposit cannot be refunded. The deposit cannot be transferred to other dates.

ISW Schedule

Please see our current ISW schedule for graduate students

If you are a program administrator interested in including the ISW as a component of your program please contact

Registration for each session will open 4-6 weeks before the session date. Register here

ISWs offered for Graduate Students at UBC are in high demand and waitlists for each workshop are typically 80-100, therefore we have implemented an equitable registration procedure. File:GSFT ISW registration procedure.pdf