Building Connections: Well-being in Teaching and Learning

Join the Teaching and Learning Centre, Health Promotion and the SFU Faculty Association (SFUFA) in exploring the connections within well-being in teaching and learning.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017
10AM – 4PM
Halpern Centre, SFU Burnaby Campus

Register online at https://myinvolvement.sfu.ca/staff-faculty/tlc-account.htm 
You may join for part or all of the day’s activities. Lunch will be provided, drop in anytime.

SCHEDULE

10:15 – 10:30 Opening Remarks
Brad Johnson, Director, Teaching and Learning Centre
Daniel Laitsch, President, SFU Faculty Association
Tara Black, Associate Director, Health Promotion

10:30 – 11:15 
Lightning Talks Round 1 

11:30 – 12:00 
Crowd Sourcing Activity - Top 10 ideas for Well-being in Learning Environments 

12:00 – 1:00  LUNCH 

1:00 – 1:45 Lightning Talks Round 2

2:00 – 2:45
Panel Discussion

3:00 – 4:00 
Roundtable Discussions


LIGHTNING TALKS | ROUND 1

10:30 SOCIAL CONNECTION | Zuzana Vasko, Education
Positive Openings: Considering the Whole Person, Presence of Mind and Social Connections when Class Begins

10:45 PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT| Samantha Aro, Student Engagement and Retention
Embedding Well-being in Co-Curricular Learning Opportunities

11:00 POSITIVE CLASSROOM CULTURE| Russell Day, Psychology
Will course structure transparency help students cope and learn? I sure hope so!

LIGHTNING TALKS |ROUND 2

1:00 INCLUSIVITY | Carl Mandy, Teaching Support Staff Union
Universal Design in Education: Practical Steps for Accessibility and Inclusivity 

1:15 INSTRUCTOR SUPPORT | Petra Menz, Mathematics
Is getting personal too personal or does it open a window to both the student and instructor worlds and thereby support learning?

1:30 OPTIMAL CHALLENGE | Diana Bedoya, Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology
Best Practices for Managing Student Stress


2:00 – 2:45 PANEL DISCUSSION 

Nurturing a healthy campus community for ourselves and our students
SFUFA will host a discussion of how faculty members can influence the conditions to support their own growth and well-being and that of their students. A panel of faculty members and SFUFA staff will offer their vision of ways we can nurture a Healthy Campus Community, followed by round table discussions to help identify areas needing additional attention.

Moderated by Russell Day, Teaching Professor, Psychology
Panelists:
Lara Aknin, Assistant Professor, Psychology
Mark Lechner, Director, Undergraduate Programs, Health Sciences
Rachel Fouladi, Associate Professor, Psychology
Dan Laitsch, President, SFUFA and Associate Professor, Education

3:00 – 4:00 ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION
Facilitated by Russell Day, Teaching Professor, Psychology
Roundtable Discussion Hosts: Faculty panelists, as above, and Brian Green, Executive Director, SFUFA; Jennifer Scott, Member Services Officer, SFUFA; 

GOALS

  • To expand the network of faculty involved in the Well-being in Learning Environments project
  • To facilitate the sharing and exchange of concrete ideas and teaching practices for creating conditions for well-being in learning environments
  • To facilitate social connection and support amongst faculty members and across disciplines
  • Increase awareness of the links between well-being, teaching and learning
  • Facilitate dialogue around structural conditions for well-being in supporting teaching and learning

 

Join the Network

SFU’s Well-being in Learning Environments Network includes faculty, instructors and teaching assistants who are creating conditions for well-being in learning environments. Members are encouraged to try and share ideas from the Wellbeing in Learning Environments website. Project updates and events are also shared with network members.