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LENGTH: 24 hours, over a period of 4 days
FACILITATORS: Two trained ISW Facilitators

ISW/PSW Reservation Form

ISW is a four day experience open to all faculty geared toward:

  • Providing a small group setting in which to work on improvement of instruction skills.
  • Placing the responsibility for learning onto the individual participant.
  • Encouraging experimentation and innovation in lesson presentation.
  • Developing skills in providing effective and helpful feedback.

In addition, this workshop

  • Is a non-intimidating teaching refresher.
  • Provides an atmosphere for experimenting with innovative teaching styles.
  • Is short, intensive, and exciting.
  • Counts as 2 units for professional growth.

The basic elements of an ISW include:

  • A small group (5 participants)
  • Two facilitators
  • Each participant presenting three 10 minute mini-lessons
  • Participants providing feedback on what helped and/or hindered learning
  • Videotaped feedback for immediate viewing
  • Confidentiality
  • A 24 hour time schedule (various options)

An ISW also normally includes:

  • Identifying and discussing instructional & classroom issues
  • Exploring learning & teaching styles
  • Designing outcomes and objectives
  • Planning lessons
  • Learning how to use AV media

The traditional mini-lesson include the following elements - B O P P P S:

Bridge-in - provides a transition from an external focus to the lesson, and provides motivation

Objective (outcomes) - one format for stating a learning objective is:

  • Audience - describe the participants
  • Behavior - what performance will be observed
  • Conditions - describe conditions of learning and testing
  • Degree - describe the performance indicators or testing standards

Pre-test - assess participants' current skill level

Participatory learning - engage learners actively

Post-test - measure learning against the objective

Summary - anchor the learning into general life experience

The ISW can be offered in a variety of formats to suit scheduling needs:

  • Four consecutive 6 hour weekdays
  • Two single weekends (Fri-Sat)
  • Four weekdays, non-consecutive
  • Four weekend days (consecutive weekends or alternating)
  • Six 4 hour evenings or partial days
  • Eight 3 hour evenings or partial days

Want to be a Facilitator?
ISW graduates (or ISWans) may proceed to be certified as ISW facilitators by completing an ISW Facilitator Development Workshop (FDW)

** Special Note: Are you a manager, administrator or classified employee who wishes to learn effective presentation skills? If so, a replica of the workshop has been created called Presentation Skills Workshop (PSW).

ISW/PSW Reservation Form

Presentation Skills Workshops

PARTICIPANTS: Administrators, managers, classified staff
LENGTH: 24 hours, over a period of 4 days
FACILITATORS: Two trained PSW Facilitators

ISW/PSW Reservation Form

The PSW model is a variation of the Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW) model designed to provide administrative and classified staff with an opportunity to improve presentation and feedback skills.

  • To provide participants a safe laboratory environment in which to practice presentation skills.
  • To provide participants the opporunity to develop a strong campus-based support system so they can continue to get peer feedback on their presentation.

Participants will:

  • Review basic components of effective presentations.
  • Design, develop, and deliver three brief presentations.
  • Receive written, oral, and video feedback.

After completing a PSW, or concurrent with participation, participants can be trained as PSW Facilitators during an additional 16 hours. After completing Facilitator training, or concurrent with participation, participants can be trained as PSW Facilitator Trainers during an additional 8 hours.

ISW/PSW Reservation Form



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