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Practices that support student well-being in remote (or in-person) settings

Spend 5-10 minutes of each class to introduce tools and topics related to well-being. Explore a variety of ways to show students that you care and support their well-being and success in learning

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These activities support a variety of conditions for well-being. Students shared positive responses on the effectiveness of measures taken throughout the semester towards promotion of well-being in their learning experience 


To provide students with care and support for their well-being and success in learning. 


These activities were embedded in a synchronous Faculty of Applied Sciences class on Zoom and asynchronously on Canvas. These can be easily adapted to other teaching platforms, such as asynchronous or in-person teaching. 


There are a variety of ways to embed well-being in online or remote environments.

1. Introduce resources to enhance time management skills 

  • Provide students with a daily schedule spreadsheet and introduce tools for time management, such as the Pomodoro app

 2. Create due date flexibility for assignments to reduce stress 

  • Add a "grace period" for Canvas assignments and communicate to students the purpose of the “grace period” 

3. Create opportunities for social connection and a sense of belonging

  • Allot 10 minutes per lecture for student-led discussions, inviting students to connect and exchange notes using the Zoom public chat box. 
  • Set up breakout rooms to encourage student collaboration 
  • Create a “collaborate” document on Canvas and invite students to share anything they would like about themselves such as hobbies or interests. 

4. Contribute to a positive classroom culture

  • Conduct a survey at the beginning of the semester to find out from each student about anticipated challenges related to remote learning and use results to enhance the learning environment. 
  • Let students know you are available to offer support or advice when needed.