Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW)

What is the ISW?

The Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW) Program is a comprehensive three-tiered instructor development program that serves as the foundation for several professional development activities. The Instructional Skills Workshop is offered within a small group setting and is designed to enhance the teaching effectiveness of both new and experienced educators. During the 3-day (24-hour) workshop, participants design and conduct three “mini-lessons” and receive verbal, written and video feedback from the other participants who have been learners in the mini-lessons.

Using an intensive experiential learning approach, participants are provided with information on the theory and practice of teaching adult learners, the selection and writing of useful learning objectives with accompanying lesson plans, techniques for eliciting learner participation, and suggestions for evaluation of learning. The workshop encourages reflection and examination of one’s teaching practices with feedback focused on the learning process rather than on the specific content of the lesson. Effective feedback skills, practiced in the workshop, are useful for educators in the classroom and also as they conduct their regular institutional business.

The ISW engenders participatory learning and the building of community that can transfer back into the classroom and the institution. Participation in a workshop creates an opportunity for new faculty and teaching assistants (TAs) to learn about the unique culture and value system of the organization and can also be a renewing and revitalizing activity for more seasoned members. Added benefits are a sense of collegiality, team building, self-discovery, and learning new approaches to working with others.

Active Experimentation, Concrete Experience, Reflective Observation, and Abstract Conceptualization are part of Kolb's Experiential Learning Cycle

The ISW is intensely grounded in the Experiential Learning Cycle

Participate in an upcoming ISW

Interested in participating in an upcoming ISW? Complete the form below to request to join the next CPI Instructional Skills Workshop. Your participation will be confirmed by email by a member of the CPI team.


Have questions about the ISW or about an upcoming workshop? Please contact the educational development team at CPI at