Social Connection

Facilitating interaction helps students build social networks which foster resilience and are an asset to well-being. Social connection in the class can help create a sense of community and positive classroom culture.

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The SFU BusOne Program exemplifies social connection within the learning environment. 

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Have students introduce themselves during the first class or use a social connectedness start up activity in tutorials (see sample)

Make it clear that the quality of teamwork in group assignments is important by including marks for the groups process in grading rubrics (see sample)

Encourage students to participate in study groups

Offer personality assessment or a Team Style Inventory in forming groups and to help groups function smoothly (see sample)

Design lecture assignments that require students to collectively work on study questions

Ask students to take down the name and number of at least one of their peers so that they can connect should they miss a lecture or want to form a study group  

Suggest opportunities for students to interact outside of class time (if you have time to join them that is even better)

If possible, move tables and chairs into small groups to facilitate discussion (just be sure to return them after class). You can request to have a classroom with moveable tables through your departmental manager.

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Anne-Kristina Arnold
Anne-Kristina creates opportunities for social connection by encouraging small group discussions and learning activities.