The Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW) was created in 1979 at the University of British Columbia to address the growing issue of instructors who are incredibly knowledgeable but lack the skills to teach the next generation effectively. The workshop is built around small groups of five or less to provide personal feedback and encourage sharing of every participant.
An internationally recognized Instructional Skills Certification program, the ISW assists instructors in transferring their knowledge and skills to others through the adoption of a teaching methodology that has proven success.
Employment & Education Services Coordinator
Military Family Resource Centre (MFRC)
"The ISW training... strengthened our ongoing programming delivery for youth and adult learners."
CEO of Delmore "Buddy" Daye Learning Institute
"The ISW gave me a solid foundation for program planning. The structure and process behind the course allows us to develop programming that meets our client needs and engages them in fun and interactive workshops."
Business Advisor, Learning & Development Specialist
Centre for Women in Business
"I participated in the ISW Training process in February 2020 with Nancy Thompson and it was a wonderful, rewarding experience. Within just a few days, you have the opportunity to think outside the box, challenging your most common instructional practices, allowing you to become more self-aware in your teaching/facilitation methods..."
5D facilitates ISW around the world. 5D has expanded the ISW program in Cuba, Jamaica and here in Atlantic Canada. Many educational institutes have adopted ISW as an onboarding process for their instructors and teachers, including McMaster University which has made ISW mandatory for the engineering faculty.
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A joint research project by Ryerson and Western University confirmed instructors who participated in the ISW reported improved greater focus on the varying education needs of students with a higher engagement level by students. ISW provides an opportunity for instructors to implement additional instructional techniques that move beyond the traditional lecture while catering to students' learning styles.