The Instructional Skills Workshop Online (ISWO) is modeled on the face-to- face Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW) offered frequently by the Teaching Support Centre. This workshop was developed to address the needs of Western faculty who teach online, and is designed to develop in practitioners increased competence, confidence and the ability to teach in a pedagogically sound manner in the online environment. This small enrollment 26-30 hour workshop occurs entirely online in OWL over a 5-week period where the participants experience the dual roles of both being an instructor and student in an online course. During the ISWO, feedback and personal refection activities provide opportunities for individuals to learn from this dual role model. The workshop involves asynchronous interactions between group members and the facilitator. The activities in this short course are intended to provide an authentic environment where faculty can learn, experiment, and practice skills related to facilitating and assessing online learning.
The ISWO follows the following 5 week schedule:
Pre-Course Week: Introductions and Getting Started
Week One: Building Online Communities
Week Two: Exploring Theory and Putting it into Action
Week Three: Facilitating Online Teamwork
Week Four: Looking Back and Looking Forward
Participants who complete all weeks from the above schedule will be awarded a certificate of completion.
ISWO is intended for Western Faculty who are or will be teaching online courses.