A year after first being invited to apply for a Graduate Student Program Facilitator position at the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology, I finally felt like I could make the time commitment this job deserved as my M.Sc. degree was winding down in summer 2011.
Since becoming part of the Graduate Student Program team at CTLT, I have been able to build upon the facilitation skills I developed during my time with EOSC 516. In my first year with the program, I have facilitated two Instructional Skills Workshops and an ePortfolio Development workshop for the spring break workshop series offered for graduate students. All of these workshops have allowed me to work collaboratively with and learn a great deal from fellow facilitators. From small icebreaker activities to lesson plans for hour-long pedagogical theme sessions, working with others during each workshop gave a breath of fresh air to my facilitation practice. Overall, the highlights of my work with this team has been the connections made with fellow facilitators and the participants that come seeking to evolve their skills. This is indeed what keeps me waking up smiling during those long days of the ISW!