The GMCTL offers a short professional development program to support faculty members, instructors and staff teaching U of S students. This 4-day workshop is implemented internationally, and is known as the “Instructional Skills Workshop.” Your participation in the interactive workshop will facilitate:
- familiarization with essential teaching theory and practices
- development of feedback skills
- approaches to writing learning objectives and lesson plans
- skills and confidence in implementing the aforementioned by teaching three mini-lessons, and receiving invaluable feedback from peers and the facilitators
- skills for critical self-reflection
- establishing supportive relationships with peers
What to expect
The 4-day workshop (24 hours total) is offered within a small group setting where 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.