Facilitator Development Workshops (FDWs) are offered by the Centre for Leadership in Learning to individuals who have completed the ISW, and who are interested in acting as a facilitator in future ISWs or simply wish to improve their facilitation skills. Typically, participants in the FDW are faculty and staff, as well as graduate students who are early in their studies, and will be in a position to facilitate future ISWs.
The FDW is a five day (40-hour) workshop which provides individuals with an opportunity for professional development in a challenging and supportive atmosphere with connections to a larger instructional development network. Instructional Skills Workshop activities (i.e., mini-lessons) form the nucleus of the FDW. Participants will refine their teaching techniques through the mini-lessons and, with guided practice and feedback, develop strategies for facilitating the group process central to the ISW method. As with the ISW, the FDW is a peer-based model providing participants a small group setting in which to work on facilitation skills. The small groups meet in plenary sessions each day featuring such themes as: learning styles, collaborative learning, feedback models, or other pertinent topics as requested by the participants.
Completion of the FDW provides credentials to facilitate an ISW, either at McMaster or at other institutions. Participants will receive a certificate upon completion of the workshop which is widely recognized and valued at many Canadian and international post-secondary institutions.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in participating in a FDW.