Graduate Student Instructional Skills Workshop


For Registered UBC Graduate Students Only

Our three day Instructional Skills Workshops (ISWs) are 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. Due to the interactive nature of this workshop, participants must be comfortable communicating verbally in English. Participants benefit from practicing skills and sharing ideas in a cooperative environment.

You will work closely with peers and trained facilitators (who are themselves UBC graduate students and teaching assistants from across campus). 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. The workshop consists of teaching practice, theory application, and topical sessions specifically relevant to Teaching Assistants and Graduate Students at UBC. We take a learner-centered approach that may have you looking at your students in a whole new light!

During the workshop you will teach 3 short lessons and receive feedback from your peers. After completing this workshop you will be awarded a Certificate of Completion, and you will receive a “pass” standing in INDS 501 as an entry on your transcript indicating that you have participated in the ISW.  All ISWs run for 3 days, from 8:15am-5:00pm each day.  ISWs require a $60 deposit to confirm your registration. This deposit is refundable only 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.

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Thursday, February 27th, 2014 at 10:00AM – 12:00PM
Room 217, Koerner Library

Have specific questions you think would be best answered in a one-on-one session? Email for an appointment