Position Description:                     Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW) Facilitator

Department/Program:                  Teaching & Curriculum Development Centre

TCDC is seeking to add to the current small group of ISW Facilitators. This document provides information about the facilitator position. This is not an LFA position, but it is open only to qualified Langara faculty. In the event that no Langara instructors apply, faculty who are qualified facilitators from other post-secondary institutions may be considered.

ISW Facilitators report to the TCDC Educational Development Coordinator and collaborate with other facilitators in the design, delivery, and assessment of ISW workshops at Langara.

ISW Facilitators may be called upon to facilitate the Instructional Skills Workshop up to 4 times per year (often scheduled for 3 consecutive days between teaching semesters but may also include evening and weekend sessions).

In order to ensure diversity within our ISW facilitator team, we encourage those from the Faculties of Science and Nursing to apply.

The Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW)

ISW is a dynamic, collaborative peer-based workshop designed to enhance the teaching effectiveness of both new and experienced educators. Using an intensive experiential learning approach, participants are provided with information on the theory and practice of teaching adult learners, the selection and writing of useful instructional objectives with accompanying lesson plans, techniques for eliciting learner participation and suggestions for evaluation of learning. During the ISW, participants design and deliver three 10 minute mini-lessons to the mutually supportive group. Constructive feedback on the lesson is offered.

Job Summary

Three or more ISW facilitators work as a team to co-facilitate the widely recognized Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW) at Langara College. The workshop is based on the following format:

At the beginning of the workshop, participants and facilitators are divided into small groups with an optimal ratio of four participants to one facilitator (4:1). The beginning of each session typically opens with the facilitator team offering to the entire group teaching strategies, information and resources.


Participants prepare and present mini-lessons to their small group while being recorded to video by the Facilitator. Following each participant’s mini-lesson, colleagues in the small group offer constructive, supportive feedback. The facilitator meets with the presenter privately to debrief and listen to their self-evaluation on the effectiveness of their lesson. By the end of the workshop each participant has taught and received feedback on three teaching opportunities. The facilitator’s role is to help participants teach interactive and interesting classes, while helping them to build competence and confidence in the classroom.

Duties and Responsibilities

The facilitator should have knowledge of, and be able to utilize, a broad repertoire of teaching strategies and to encourage and assist participants to provide to their colleague “instructor” constructive feedback.

Key duties and responsibilities:

  • work collaboratively with co-facilitators to plan and lead thoughtful and dynamic ISW sessions in accordance with the Langara College ISW Facilitators Team Charter and Langara’s Respectful Workplace Policy
  • lead plenary learning activities, including modelling delivery of a mini-lesson, teaching theory, and sharing guidelines for providing effective feedback
  • provide opportunities for participants to observe and practice effective strategies that support learning
  • encourage and help participants to reflect on their learning and development to prepare them for teaching excellence in the classroom
  • promote teaching excellence in the classroom
  • facilitate a process  that ensures participants receive meaningful, relevant feedback to support striving for teaching excellence; rather than corrective measures
  • adhere to sound principles described in FDW and ISW manuals
  • foster an environment respectful of participants’ cultural values
  • create a supportive learner‐centred, friendly environment
  • maintain a pleasant and approachable manner towards others on the team and to workshop participants
  • assist with and respond to participants’ requests for additional resources related to current learning
  • when facilitating an ISW, attend all ISW organizational meetings including pre-planning, space setup and debriefing meetings after each session
  • set up and take down daily, as necessary, of program materials and equipment
  • maintain confidentiality in all matters relating to participant development
  • maintain currency in the field of education
  • attend and participate in ISW Facilitator group meetings i.e. professional development etc

Qualifications & Experience:

  • Masters Degree and 5 years FTE of post-secondary teaching/facilitating experience required
  • completion of the ISW desired
  • completion of the Provincial Instructor Diploma Program (PIDP) or equivalent is recommended
  • experience in a variety of settings working with diverse ethnic populations
  • minimum 3 years of facilitation or diversity training experience preferred

Successful Candidates Will Be Required To:

  • complete the FDW (Facilitator Development Workshop); and following the FDW, and
  • complete an unpaid “mentored ISW” as facilitator through one ISW.

Competencies & Attributes:

  • ability to work effectively with a variety of facilitators, participants, coordinators, professionals and community members in accordance with the Langara College ISW Facilitators Team Charter and Langara’s Respectful Workplace Policy
  • enthusiastic and objective presentation style
  • knowledge of adult learning principles, effective feedback guidelines, community collaboration and learning theories
  • strong verbal and written communication skills
  • good organization and planning skills
  • exceptional interpersonal skills, including intercultural sensitivity, diplomacy, tact, and patience
  • natural ability to facilitate dialogue
  • ability to turn conflict into learning
  • awareness of his/her teaching philosophy, personal biases
  • enthusiasm/Passion for helping participants, especially those who are nervous
  • strong and supportive sense of presence in a classroom setting

Competition No.: O005-18

Closing Date: 4:30PM on June 24, 2018

Application Information: Please read the posting carefully and ensure you have your documents ready prior to applying. Please submit your resume and cover letter by the closing date and time.

Shortlisted candidates will be required to provide proof of educational and professional credentials noted on their resume.

We thank you for your interest and advise that only those shortlisted will be contacted. Langara is committed to enhancing our diverse workforce

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