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

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You may join for part or all of the day’s activities. Lunch will be provided, drop in anytime.


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


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!


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


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
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

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; 


  • 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.