Workshop for instructors who teach online

Workshop for instructors who teach online

Instructional Skills Workshop Online (ISWO)

Wednesday May 3 to Tuesday June 13, 2017

Wednesday is Day 1 of the course
Facilitated fully online, asynchronously and synchronously
A deposit is required to secure your spot in the workshop (see details below)


  • Participants should be comfortable using the tools within OWL as the ISW-O does not provide training in the technical aspects of the Learning Management System
  • Participants need to have a web cam and microphone.

Workshop learning outcomes

By the end of the ISW-O, successful participants will be able to:

  • Compare and contrast eLearning principles with face-to-face learning principles in order to clarify the roles and responsibility of the online instructor
  • Develop strategies for humanizing an online course in order to engage online learners
  • Apply eLearning principles and theory to online instruction through designing, constructing, and facilitating an online mini-lesson using the BOPPPS model
  • Engage in reflective practice and explain rationale for instructional choices
  • Apply appropriate strategies for sharing and receiving feedback with peer facilitators


The Instructional Skills Workshop Online (ISW-O) has been developed to address the needs of Western instructors who teach online. It offers participants the opportunity to explore, in very practical and hands-on ways, the conditions that give rise to powerful eLearning experiences among students. This workshop provides new instructors with an introduction to designing and facilitating effective eLearning activities, while experienced instructors may use it as an opportunity to refine and expand their teaching practice, to explore new ideas, or to revisit the fundamentals. Participants interact both asynchronously (e.g., discussion forums) and synchronously (e.g., Blackboard Collaborate).

This small enrolment workshop occurs entirely online in OWL over a six-week period (May 3 - June 13, 2017). Past participants report spending an average of 10 hours a week on workshop related activities. Participants will experience the role of both online instructor and online learner. Although some instruction and resources may be provided on how to use basic OWL tools, the ISW-O focuses on best teaching practices for eLearning rather than the technicalities of course development in OWL.

Participants design and teach an online “mini-lesson” in OWL and receive verbal, written, and video feedback from their facilitator and peers. The activities are intended to provide an authentic environment where instructors can learn, experiment, and practice skills related to facilitating online learning.

The ISW-O follows a six-week schedule:

Week 1 (May 3 - May 9): Community Building and Workshop Expectations
Week 2 (May 10 - May 16): Building Lessons
Week 3 (May 17 - May 23): Putting Theory into Practice
Week 4 (May 24 - May 30): Mini-Lesson Preparation Week
Week 5 (May 31 - June 6): Participant-Led Mini-Lessons
Week 6 (June 7 - June 13): Feedback and Reflection


Participants who successfully complete all ISW-O components will be awarded a certificate recognizing their learning.

Deposit Information

PLEASE NOTE: A $50.00 refundable deposit is required to complete your registration and hold your spot in the workshop.

Please make your cheque payable to Western University and send it to:

Teaching Support Centre
Room 122, Weldon Library
Western University
London, Ontario, N6A 3K7

The cheque will be returned to all those who complete the workshop or to those who cancel five business days in advance of the workshop.