Online Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW) (CTE8601)Export this event to calendar

Monday, October 18, 2021 — 8:00 AM EDT to Friday, November 26, 2021 — 4:00 PM EST

Location: Online

Facilitator: Richard Li (Centre for Teaching Excellence)


The Online Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW) has been developed to provide instructors teaching online at the University of Waterloo the opportunity to experiment with creating engaging and meaningful online learning experiences. This workshop affords instructors new to online teaching an introduction to designing and facilitating effective online lessons/activities, while experienced online instructors may use it as a chance to explore new ideas and/or refine their online teaching practices. Although focused on the online environment, the ideas developed in this workshop are also applicable to the blended context and will serve to inform in-class teaching.

The design of this online workshop is based on the in-person Instructional Skills Workshop template ( in that the activities provide an authentic environment for faculty to learn about and practice skills related to facilitating and assessing learning. The workshop includes opportunities for peer feedback focused on the learning process rather than on specific content as well as reflection on one’s own experiences as both an instructor and student in the online environment

The Online ISW is a small enrolment, peer-based workshop that requires on-average a 5 hour/week commitment (including working time and mandatory synchronous meetings) for a six-week period. Each participant will design and facilitate three 20-minute online learning experiences in LEARN and will receive verbal and written feedback from their peers. Participants can expect to interact with and learn from other participants both asynchronously and synchronously during the workshop and need to set-aside daily time to contribute to the workshop activities.

It is expected that all participants will have a working knowledge of LEARN prior to enrolling in the Online ISW. The focus of the Online ISW is on instructional skills in online teaching not on the support of technological fluency. While participants are encouraged to use the workshop to get feedback on their use of technology, the workshop itself does not incorporate the time required for the implementation of unfamiliar technologies.

The Fall 2021 Online ISW will start the week of October 18 and end the week of November 22 (6 weeks). 

Fall 2021 Online ISW MANDATORY synchronous meets: 

Friday, October 22 | 10 - 11:30 a.m.

Wednesday, October 27 | 9 - 11:30 a.m.

Tuesday, November 2 | 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, November 3 | 9 - 11 a.m.

Thursday, November 11 | 12 - 2:00 p.m.

Monday, November 22 | 10 - 11 a.m.

Wednesday, November 24 | 10 - 12 p.m.

Friday, November 26 | 10 - 11 a.m.



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Many of our workshops have waiting lists, so if you've registered but can't attend, please cancel your registration well in advance through the registration system, so that someone else can fill your spot.


The University of Waterloo is committed to achieving barrier-free accessibility for persons with disabilities who are visiting, studying, or working at Waterloo. CTE’s online workshops are delivered through either WebEx, Microsoft Teams, or Bongo with the audio component available either as captioning or a transcript. CTE’s face-to-face workshops typically involve a mix of presentation and discussion-based activities, and we encourage a scent-free environment. We welcome accompanying assistants, interpreters, and note-takers. If you have questions concerning access, such as parking, building layouts, or obtaining workshop content in alternative formats, or wish to request accommodations for our programming, please let us know by emailing Please note that some accommodations may require time to arrange.