Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW)

Date & Time

Saturday, 17 November 2018 - 8:30am to Saturday, 24 November 2018 - 5:00pm


Room 2.22, Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology (CTLT) (2nd floor, IK Barber Library, 1961 East Mall, UBC)


Centre for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL)



The Centre for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL) at UBC, in collaboration with the Postdoctoral Fellows Office, presents an Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW) designed specifically for postdoctoral fellows. This 3 Day workshop focuses on the theory and practice of evidence-based teaching techniques. During the workshop, you will discuss the key elements of learner-centred lesson design and adult learning theory. Additionally, you will have a chance to teach three short lessons and receive feedback from your peers. You will work closely with peers and ISW facilitators in a supportive atmosphere where you will have a chance to begin to develop new teaching skills, to enhance existing skills, and/or to try new and challenging ideas.

The Instructional Skills Workshop is the first component of a new Postdoc Teaching Internship program currently in development by CIRTL in collaboration with the PDFO. This program, expected to launch in Spring  2019, is based on two components: the ISW and Mentored Discussions of Teaching, one-term participatory workshops in which participants observe mentors in their teaching, teach and receive feedback from these mentors, discuss the mentor’s approaches to teaching, and engage in group discussions of teaching. Participants in this ISW are encouraged to enroll in the Postdoc Teaching Internship Program upon its launch in the coming months.

The first postdoc-specific ISW will be held on November 17, 18, 24. If you are interested and available, please submit your applications through the registration form.

If you are interested in knowing more about the upcoming Postdoc Teaching Internship program, please contact

Workshop details

Dates: November 17, 18, 24.

Time: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm (some online pre-work is required in the weeks preceding the sessions)

Location: Room 2.22, Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology (CTLT) (2nd floor, IK Barber Library, 1961 East Mall, UBC)


Registration in this session is required, and is now open. * Please note that you will be contacted within one week of submitting this form to confirm your registration. Further details about the workshop and the required preparation will be provided 2 weeks ahead of the workshop. 

Postdocs understand that by signing up for this ISW, they are making a commitment to participate in the complete 24-hour workshop, including attending all three days of the face-to-face sessions (Nov 17, 18, 24), 8:30 am-5:00 pm as well as completing the required online pre-work.


Katharina Rothe

Dr. Katharina Rothe

Katharina Rothe received her PhD in Medical Genetics from UBC and is currently a postdoctoral research fellow at BC Cancer Research Centre. Along with her dedicated passion for research, Katharina has always been excited to carry her passion for teaching and helping others be better teachers.

Katharina has been a facilitator for graduate Instructional Skills Workshops since 2014 and for Faculty ISWs since 2018. In addition to facilitating, training and mentoring other facilitators, she has always been happy to apply the principles of ISW in her teaching, including her experience as a Teaching Assistant for 2 different departments at UBC, providing TA training to other departments, and her work as a guest lecturer in Genetics and Cell Biology of Cancer in the past 4 years.  

Rowshan Rahmanian

Dr. Rowshan Rahmanian

Rowshan received his PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from UBC.  Throughout his work both as a graduate student and as a postdoctoral research fellow, Rowshan has also been closely involved with UBC’s Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology as a facilitator, mentor and facilitator trainer for teaching development workshops, both for graduate students and faculty.

Rowshan is currenrly the educational developer for the newly introduced Postdoctoral Fellows Teaching Internship program, offered by the CIRTL and PDFO, which aims at providing integrated teaching development opportunities for UBC postdocs interested in teaching and learning.