Sharing Our ISW Experience

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At De Anza College, the Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW) program is a comprehensive instructor development program that is offered within a small group setting and is designed to enhance teaching effectiveness of both new and experienced educators. ISW is a 4-day workshop, in which participants design and conduct three “mini-lessons” and receive verbal, written, and video feedback from other participants who have been learners in the mini-lessons.

Program Goals

The ISW focuses on developing effective institutional practices that are key to achieving the desired outcomes for programs that serve developmental students including:

  • Sound principles of learning theory and how these are applied in the design and delivery of courses
  • Curricula and practices that have proven to be effective within specific disciplines are explored
  • Ways to address the holistic development of all aspects of the student
  • Culturally responsive teaching theory and practices are applied to all aspects of instruction and services for developmental students
  • Ways to employ a variety of instructional methods to accommodate student diversity
  • Ways for faculty to share instructional strategies.

These goals are drawn from “Basic Skills as a Foundation for Student Success at California Community Colleges”

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History of ISW

Originating in Canada in the 1970s, the ISW is now a component of faculty development programs in colleges and universities across Canada and the United States. The ISW takes a highly participatory approach as a group examines their values and practices related to teaching or training and learning.

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