Academic Instructional Skills Program (AISP)

The E-Learning Office in collaboration with the Faculty of Graduate Studies is developing a new instructional program for graduate students/post docs, those involved in teaching, or interested in developing instructional skills in the academic context. 

The program is currently under development and will:

  • Foster student and faculty engagement through effective teaching
  • Build confidence and capacity in teaching abilities
  • Introduce theories related to adult learning and teaching in higher education and how they can benefit your teaching
  • Stimulate dialogue
    • within a community of other novice teachers, and
    • through mentorship from experienced teachers in order to foster individual reflection about student engagement and effective teaching
  • Provide support for participants as they undertake their teaching activities
  • Provide opportunities to develop teaching skills appropriate for modern post-secondary learning environments
  • Familiarize participants with the challenges and rewards of teaching

The program is structured around four pillars:

  1. Instructional Practice
  2. Learner-Centredness
  3. Learning Spaces & Digital Technology
  4. Professional Growth Development & Identity

The program is modular so participants could choose between completing the whole program and only taking a workshop of interest as their time allows.  Delivery formats will vary and include face-to-face, blended, and online and will be facilitated or self-directed. Participants can choose to complete the required workshops and selected optional workshops to obtain a certificate of completion/participation.  More information about registering, the program's structure, and workshop schedule will be forthcoming.