Getting started with TOK: Online workshop

Getting started with TOK online workshop

Getting started with TOK is designed for first-time teachers of TOK, and any educator wanting to find out more about the course. We’ll discuss the basics of TOK, course aims, how to keep your students on board, and key tips to oversee the assessment tasks.

TOK is a fantastic course to teach, but it’s a daunting prospect at first. We’ll ease you into your new teaching role, and show you how to thrive as a TOK educator.


2022 date & time: 8th September, 15.30 – 17.30 (London time)

2023 date & time: 23rd February, 15.30 – 17.30 (London time)

Session 1 will begin by thinking about common perceptions of TOK, and how accurate (or rather, inaccurate) these are. We’ll offer some alternative ways of framing what the course is, which will help reconfigure these misconceptions.

We’ll move on to look at the themes and areas of knowledge, the relationship that exists between them, and how to help students understand and remember this. We’ll also think about the 12 key concepts, and the role they play in both teaching TOK, and linking it to the rest of the DP.

We’ll finish off session 1 by looking at the two assessment tasks, the skills that they test, and how to develop these within TOK, and the other DP courses.


2022 date & time: 15th September, 15.30 – 17.30 (London time)

2023 date & time: 3rd March, 15.30 – 17.30 (London time)

In session 2, we’ll focus on a typical TOK lesson, thinking about what makes an effective learning objective, how to design your student activities, and how to base it around an engaging media source.

We’ll then link the elements of the lesson to the wider course, and discuss how to develop skills that can be drawn on to perform well in the essay and exhibition.

We’ll finish off the session by looking at some of the ideas, thinkers, and recent real-world events that will make your TOK course a brilliant experience for both students and teachers involved in it.

Session 2 will also include a short Q&A session, enabling you to ask questions about integrating TOK.

Register for the workshop

Register by clicking on the Buy Now button. You’ll be sent a workshop pack, giving you more details about the workshop, preparatory reading, and an Zoom invitation for the two sessions.

The workshop will be a capped at 20 attendees, to enable everyone to play an active role. The sessions are scheduled for 90 minutes, but we’re always generous with our time!

After the event has ended, all participants will receive a recording of the workshop, the workshop presentation, a certificate of completion, and support notes. We’ll also be happy to field any questions that you may have by email about the TOK course. Discounts are available for groups of 4 or more – contact us for details.

About the workshop leader: Michael Dunn

Michael Dunn is the Cambridge-based founder of He has worked as a teacher for nearly 25 years, and has led TOK workshops in schools all over the world. He is one of the world’s most innovative and influential TOK educators.

His PD sessions are highly interactive, clear, and jargon-free, and offer participants practical takeaways that can be used effectively in the classroom. Find out more about him on this page, and see testimonials about his support from members of the site here.

Ask a question about our online workshops

We’ll be happy to answer any question you might have about our online workshops.

These might include queries about the content of workshops, group discounts we offer, how we use Zoom to deliver sessions, workshop materials provided for attendees, or setting up an exclusive workshop for your school.

Please note that is a proudly independent company. Our workshops are not endorsed by the International Baccalaureate.