Teaching at the University Level


Teaching at the University Level is a four-day intensive workshop designed for new faculty members with less than five years of teaching experience. The goal of the program is to strengthen instructors' skills in student-centred teaching through evidence-based, practical opportunities for teaching practice. Participants facilitate three, 10-minute lessons that provide them with an opportunity to try out new teaching techniques and receive feedback on the way in which they explain complex concepts, describe assignments or facilitate discussion.  Participants successfully completing the entire four-day program will receive (i) a video recording of their three presentations, and (ii) a certificate of completion that is internationally recognized.


By the end of the workshop, successful participants will be able to:

  • design well organized lessons
  • employ active learning strategies that align with learning outcomes
  • apply classroom assessment techniques
  • provide constructive feedback
  • critically reflect on their own teaching.

What to expect

The workshop runs from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm daily with homework each night  - preparation of a new 10 minute mini-lesson for the following day. Please clear your schedule for the duration of the 4 days.

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Program Information

Upcoming Session

August 21-24, 2023 - Registration for this course is now closed.


Annually in mid-August.


New and/or experienced Western instructors, librarians, and archivists from all disciplinary backgrounds.


Registration Instructions

  1. Login to Western Connect using your Western username* and password.
  2. Go to the Event Calendars section and select the Centre for Teaching and Learning calendar, then select the program you wish to register in. Details and a description of the program will appear.
  3. Search for and select the event you wish to register in. Details and a description of the program will appear.
  4. Select the Register for this Event button. If the event has reached capacity, you may have the option to register on the waitlist.
  5. You will receive an automated confirmation email to your Western email account. 

*If you are new to Western and do not yet have a Western username, please email us with your name and department.

If you have any questions or problems registering for an event, please consult our help guide or contact ctl@uwo.ca.

Prerequisites / Recommended Preparation

Participants must prepare a ten minute lesson for days 2, 3 and 4 of the workshop.

Completion Requirements

To receive the certificate of completion, faculty must participate in all four days of the program (7 hours each day), complete all three mini-lesson presentations, and provide thoughtful feedback to peers in their group. 


This program is a 4-day version of the Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW).  We do not recommend registering for this course on Teaching at the University Level if you have participated in an Instructional Skills Workshop at Western or at another institution within the past 5 years.

Applies to following certificates

Faculty Certificate in Teaching Excellence

Consider this option if you are unable to register for our limited enrolment workshop:

Online Learning Module: Open Instructional Skills Workshop-Online

Open Instructional Skills Workshop-Online (ISW-O) is a compressed, self-guided version of our Instructional Skills Workshop Online.

Join the site and complete the lessons at your own pace. Lessons include Building Community, Building Lessons, and Putting Theory into Practice.

  • Log into OWL using the course link: Open ISW-O-Joinable
  • After login, click "Yes, please add me" to join the site

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Testimonials from past participants

"…I became more student-centred…today we had a really good discussion but we just covered one-fifth of what I thought we would cover – I found that when it's more student-centred, then we go for the quality rather than quantity, but when it's more teacher-centred, it's quantity maybe over quality…"