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Online Instructional Skills Workshop for Faculty & Instructors

This intensive developmental workshop is offered in a small group setting (4-5 peers) and is designed to enhance teaching effectiveness. Over the course of approximately three weeks participants design and deliver three lessons and receive verbal, written, and video feedback from their colleagues who have been learners in the lessons. Lessons are ten minutes in length and can be either in the area of expertise of the participant or any are of interest. 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 intended learning outcomes with accompanying lesson plans, techniques for eliciting learner participation, and suggestions for evaluation of learning. Reflection and examination of one’s teaching practices are encouraged. Each participant must prepare and present three lessons and provide feedback to every member of their small group in a timely fashion to receive their Instructional Skills Workshop certificate.

Intended Learning Outcomes

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Construct intended learning outcomes (ILOs) that are specific, measurable, and action-oriented
  • Incorporate active learning strategies into lessons
  • Plan lessons using the BOPPPS model of lesson planning
  • Deliver lessons using the BOPPPS model
  • Collect feedback from learners about lesson delivery
  • Utilize feedback from learners to improve lesson delivery
  • Provide valuable and considerate constructive feedback on others’ lessons

Course Format

Participants will have approximately one week to complete a number of introductory modules including a six-part series on lesson planning. Though these asynchronous online modules participants will learn about the BOPPPS model of lesson planning, watch a sample micro-teaching lesson, create a group agreement for the workshop (i.e., set expectations for both colleagues and instructors, and set parameters for giving and receiving feedback). The asynchronous portion of the workshop concludes with the submission of a written lesson plan. During the first full group meeting, you will get to know your instructors and peers, learn about the lesson cycle process and receive instructions for your homework.

For the remainder of the workshop, the class will break into smaller subgroups to prepare and present three different lessons. During each of the lessons, you will: set daily goals for yourself, deliver a 10-minute lesson, receive feedback on your lesson from your peers, and provide your peers with feedback on their lessons. Opportunity to reflect on how you could improve upon your lessons will be provided. Feedback is provided in a safe and encouraging environment where all are learning in the process.


Completion of the workshop is assessed on a Pass or Fail basis. To pass, you must satisfactorily do the following:

  1. Attend all four synchronous class meetings in full
  2. Plan and deliver three lessons using the BOPPPS model of lesson planning
  3. Utilize feedback to brainstorm how you would improve upon your lessons
  4. Provide valuable and considerate constructive feedback on others’ lessons

Required Course Materials

You will need access to a computer, a webcam, a mic and strong internet connect in order to access course materials and participate in the synchronous classes.

Upcoming Workshops

December 2020 (Register)

December 3 – 10th – Online Modules (Asynchronous)

Thursday, December 10th, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. – Introductory Session (Synchronous)

Friday, December 11th, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Lesson One (Synchronous)

Tuesday, December 15th, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. – Lesson Two (Synchronous)

Thursday, December 17th, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. – Lesson Three (Synchronous)

Previous participants report spending an average of 6 – 10 hours on the asynchronous modules. Please be aware there are a number of ‘homework’ items that occur between each of the synchronous sessions such as preparing your next lesson and reviewing your colleagues lessons prior to the synchronous session beginning.

February 2021(Register)

February – Online Modules (Asynchronous)

Thursday, February 11th, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. – Introductory Session (Synchronous)

Wednesday, February 17th, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Lesson One (Synchronous)

Monday, February 22nd, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. – Lesson Two (Synchronous)

Thursday, February 25th, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. – Lesson Three (Synchronous)

May 2021: TBA

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