Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW)

Date & Time

Saturday, 20 July 2019 - 8:30am to Saturday, 27 July 2019 - 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, offers 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 begin to develop new teaching skills, enhance your existing skills, and/or try new and challenging ideas.

The Instructional Skills Workshop is the first component of the Postdoc Teaching Internship program developed by CIRTL in collaboration with the PDFO. This program was piloted in Spring 2019 and was seen as very useful by participating PDFs. The second cohort of this program, will start in September 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.

This postdoc-specific ISW will be held on July 20, 21 and 27, 2019. If you are interested and available, please submit your applications through the registration form.

You can find more information about the upcoming Postdoc Teaching Internship program on the CIRTL website or by contacting We will also hold an information and orientation session on July 30, after the ISW.


Dates: Saturday, July 20; Sunday, July 21; and Saturday, July 27, 2019

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. Registration deadline is July 1, 2019.

* Please note that you will be contacted within one week of submitting this form to confirm your registration and pay a $60 refundable deposit. 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 (July 20, 21, 27), 8:30 am-5:00 pm as well as completing the required online pre-work.


Jens Vent-Schmidt

Jens Vent-Schmidt

Jens Vent-Schmidt is the educational developer for CIRTL and an instructor in Biology at KPU. During his PhD in Experimental Medicine at UBC, Jens worked as an ISW facilitator, facilitator trainer and mentor at UBC’s Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology. He has a passion for evidence-based teaching and research for the public benefit.

Jens is excited to share his experience on using teaching techniques taught in the ISW in an undergraduate classroom at KPU.

Rowshan Rahmanian

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 has developed and piloted the 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.