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

You may join for part or all of the day’s activities. Lunch will be provided.
Registration: https://myinvolvement.sfu.ca/staff-faculty/tlc-account.htm

*We are using SFU's myInvolvement registration system. If you do not have an account, you will be prompted to create one.

SCHEDULE

10:15 – 10:30 Opening Remarks
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
Nurturing a healthy campus community for faculty members and students
3:00 – 4:00 
Roundtable Discussions

OPENING REMARK

Tara Black, Associate Director, Health Promotion
Brad Johnson, Director, Teaching and Learning Centre
Daniel Laitsch, President, SFU Faculty Association

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


PANEL DISCUSSION (2:00 – 2:45) 

Nurturing a healthy campus community for faculty members and students
SFUFA will host an open 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.

Moderator 
Russell Day, Teaching Professor, Psychology

Panelists
Lara Aknin, Assistant Professor, Psychology
Rachel Fouladi, Associate Professor, Psychology
Dan Laitsch, President, SFUFA and Associate Professor, Education

ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSIONS (3:00 – 4:00)

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

PLANNING COMMITEE

Barbara Berry, Educational Consultant, Teaching and Learning Centre (TLC)
Russell Day, Teaching Professor, Psychology
Rosie Dhaliwal, Health Promotion Specialist, Health and Counselling Services
Tara Immell, Sessional Instructor, Beedie School of Business
Christine Kurbis, Manager, Teaching and Learning Programs, TLC
Patty Ward, Program Assistant, TLC

 

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.