Facilitator Development Workshop (FDW) – UBC

The Facilitator Development Workshop (FDW) is a five-day training event to prepare facilitators to lead the Instructional Skills Workshops. Participants refine their teaching techniques through the mini-lessons, and with guided practice and feedback, develop strategies for facilitating the group process. Participants have the opportunity to develop new knowledge and techniques for facilitating group development, to explore other teaching methods, to explore formative evaluation techniques, and to receive feedback on their own teaching and facilitating skills. Some chairpersons participate in the FDW to enhance their competence in providing constructive feedback for their teaching colleagues. The FDW provides an opportunity for individuals to concentrate on their own professional development in a challenging and supportive atmosphere. Participants can become part of a larger instructional development network. In addition to delivering workshops, ISW facilitators often assist in a variety of activities related to the improvement of instruction. Classroom observation visits, video-taping, involving students as a means of eliciting feedback to the instructor, and individual consulting and facilitating services are often provided. These activities are offered only at the request of individual faculty members and all interchanges are confidential. Facilitators with highly developed communication skills are often called upon to assist with college-wide in-service days, institutional evaluation, departmental meetings, and retreats. When upward mobility is not always an option, being a facilitator may provide alternate leadership development opportunities. If you are interested in registering for this workshop, please contact Joseph Topornycky (joseph.topornycky@ubc.ca)