Facilitator Development Workshop (FDW)

Wednesday, December 14, 2022 8:30 am - Tuesday, December 20, 2022 4:30 pm EST

Location: In-person - MC 2036


  • Wednesday, December 14th - Tuesday, December 20th, 2022. 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m

Facilitators: Kyle Scholz (CTE), Kristin Brown (CTE), Richard Li (CTE), and Michelle Ogrodnik (Department of Kinesiology and Health Sciences)

Notes: Open to faculty and staff who have completed the Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW). 

Workshop description

Facilitator Development Workshop (FDW) CTE7007 |  December 14, 15, 16, 19, 20

The Facilitator Development Workshop, or FDW, is an intensive 40-hour workshop held over 5 days that prepares participants to deliver the Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW) to others. The FDW involves four or five faculty participating in three roles: instructor, learner, facilitator. Led by one or two Trainers from the Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW) Network, the core of the FDW is another Instructional Skills Workshop with the further skill of facilitation as the primary focus.

The activities of the ISW form the nucleus of the FDW as participants develop new knowledge and techniques for facilitating group development, explore other teaching methods and formative evaluation techniques, and receive feedback on their own teaching and facilitating skills. As with the ISW, the FDW is a peer-based model providing participants a small group setting in which to work on their facilitation skills. The small groups meet in plenary sessions each day featuring such themes as preferred ways of learning, giving and receiving actionable feedback, group development, and the use of questions in teaching, among others. The FDW provides an opportunity for individuals to concentrate on their own professional development in a challenging and supportive atmosphere. Established instructors have found that participating in the FDW has enhanced their competence in providing constructive feedback to their teaching colleagues while Instructors using or considering the use of Problem Based Learning (PBL) have found the facilitation skills developed during the FDW valuable in promoting the development of critical thinking skills, problem-solving abilities, and communication skills in their own classrooms.  

FDWs are offered every other year and are open to all teaching faculty and staff who have completed the Instructional Skill Workshop (ISW) (CTE6601 or 6604). An internationally recognized certificate will be issued upon completion. If you are interested in the FDW, please contact Monica Vesely


If you are interested in the FDW, please contact Monica Vesely

Please note that this is an in-person workshop. Although masks are not required, all participants and facilitators are strongly encouraged to wear masks when participating in CTE in-person events. Masks can be removed while speaking or presenting. For more information, see the University of Waterloo's Coronavirus webpage for the most recent campus-wide guidelines.


The University of Waterloo is committed to achieving barrier-free accessibility for persons with disabilities who are studying, working, or visiting at Waterloo. If you have questions concerning access, such as parking, building layouts, or obtaining information in alternative formats, or wish to request accommodations for a CTE workshop or event, please contact CTE via email (cte@uwaterloo.ca) or phone (ext. 33857) and include the session’s title and date. Our workshops typically involve a mix of presentation and discussion-based activities, and we encourage a scent-free environment. We also welcome accompanying assistants, interpreters, or note-takers; notify us if accommodations are needed in this regard. Please note that some accommodations may require time to arrange.