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Looking for easy tips on supporting student well-being? Explore our Guide to 10 Conditions for Well-being in Learning Evironments with quick ideas you can implement today.
To evaluate how well-being practices affect student well-being, check out these sample questions that you can use in your course evaluations.
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10 Ways to Embed Well-being into Remote Learning Environments
Based on the 10 Conditions for Well-being in Learning Environments, this guide is designed to support faculty and instructors in fostering health and well-being in remote or online learning environments. Find practical tips, strategies and resources to enhance your remote instruction and student learning.
5-Minute Well-being Activities
Use these 5-minute well-being activities (no prep needed) to help your students enhance their well-being and academic success.
Active Learning Techniques
Duke University has put together this guide on active learning techniques. Help build a positive classroom culture by incorporating some of these and strategies in your lectures or class time.
Assessing Student Well-being in Class
These questions have been designed for you to measure the impacts of your efforts in creating conditions for well-being in learning environments. They can be used as instructor specific questions on your Student Evaluation of Teaching and Courses (SETC), or within any other feedback and course evaluation tools you use.
Use these basic stretching techniques during a class break to help students relax and feel their best.
Bouncing Forward Resilience Course
This free, CCR-credited online Canvas course provides strategies on how students can build their personal resilience and improve their well-being. It can be shared with your students in your syllabus, on your lecture slides or through an announcement. You can also invite SFU Health Promotion to come and present this content to your class.
Paola Ardiles supports civic engagement by having students work in collaboration with partner organizations like City Studio through service learning.
Class Check In Activity
To promote social connection between students, try facilitating these quick class check-in activities at the beginning of the hour.
Use this comment card by Mark Lechner to get feedback from your students throughout the term and create a flexible learning experience.
Nicky Didicher enhances flexibility for students through “learner centered teaching” and use of contractual evaluations in which students choose their assignments, the weighting of their assignments and due dates.
Creating Class Guidelines for Working Together
Use this class guidelines activity to respect difference and create a safe place for discussion.
English as an Additional Language (SFU)
SFU has a variety of academic resources and support structures for EAL students, many of which have been compiled in this brief document.
Gender Neutral Language Poster
Use this poster to learn tips and suggestions on language that is gender neutral.
Get to Know Your Prof
To foster positive classroom culture, you can try these methods of introducing yourself to your class, helping them get to know you better as a person and not just as an instructor.
Group-generated Study Guide
Use this group-generated study guide assignment to encourage students to work effectively in teams while building professional skills.
Ideas for Social Connection Start Ups
Foster social connection by trying out these quick activities in your classroom to get students talking to one another.
In The News Activity
Use this activity to help relate your course content to real world and current issues in the news.
Inclusive Classrooms Checklist
Kathleen Burke and her colleague Brett Lyons co-created a checklist and resources for inclusive classrooms that are being used to foster inclusivity within the Beedie School of Business.
Informational Interview Assignment
Try this informational interview assignment, created by Tara Immell, to help students build connections and navigate job uncertainty.
To help foster a positive classroom culture, use one or more of these inspirational quotes in your class slide deck or syllabus.
Intercultural competencies are abilities that help you work with and learn from people of other cultures. The HEC Academy has created a guide to developing the intercultural competencies of yourself and your students.
Interculture Awareness Resources
Explore videos, infographics, and resources to learn how to better foster inclusivity by supporting EAL (English as an Additional Language) students.
Travis Salway and Paola Ardiles (with input from members of the Queer Faculty Network) developed a list of resources for creating a safer and more inclusive university environment for trans, gender non-binary, and other gender diverse students, research participants, staff, faculty, and other community stakeholders.
Let your students know about opportunities to get involved with SFU's Peer Mentorship programs and build their social connections on campus.
Mindfulness Meditation Practice
Use these audio guides to facilitate a brief mindfulness meditation practice in class, or encourage students to use them on their own time.
Passport to Leadership
Let your students know about SFU's Passport to Leadership program, a series of interactive workshops that introduces students to a range of leadership topics to build their confidence and preparation for the workforce.
Let your students know about SFU's Peer Education programs that help students develop new skills by learning how to support other students through outreach, events, education.
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
Jen Thomas supports real life learning by facilitating a reflective exercise that allows students to identify their privilege.
Progressive Muscle Relaxation
Use these audio guides to facilitate a brief muscle relaxation practice in your class, or encourage students to use these activities on their own time.
Pronoun Etiquette Cheat Sheet
Adam Dyck creates an inclusive classroom by supporting the declaration of self-identified pronouns in a “pronoun round” as part of introductions at the beginning of the semester.
Reality Check Reflection Tool
Use this reality check reflection tool, to encourage students to think about their values and abilities.
SFU Health Promotion PowerPoint
SFU Health Promotion has built a presentation deck going over the various services they provide students. Share one slide a week with your students during a class break.
SFU's website on Reconciliation contains information and updates on how the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission is being addressed at the University.
SFU's Response Guide for Faculty and Staff
SFU's Response Guide for Faculty and Staff is written to help you identify and potentially assist students in distress, pointing them in the direction of appropriate services and supports for their situation.
San'yas Indigenous Cultural Safety Training (PHSA)
The PHSA (Provincial Health Services Authority) of BC delivers the San'yas: Indigenous Cultural Safety Program, a valuable resource in fostering inclusivity in your classroom.
Strategies for iClicker Use that Create Flexible Learning
This resource provides examples of ways that iClicker questioning techniques can be used to promote student engagement and flexibility in a large lecture course.
Supporting EAL Learners
Ryerson University has compiled a brief guide on how to support students who use English as an Additional Language, with key tips on how to prevent potential problems before they arise.
Syllabus Language Regarding Stress and Support Services for Mental Well-being
You can use this language in your class syllabus to help better inform your students about the support services available to them for their mental well-being.
TLC: Experiential Learning Casebook
The Teaching and Learning Centre has compiled stories told by faculty members and students at Simon Fraser University in the Experiential Learning Casebook, filled with examples of ways to foster real life learning.
Teaching Philosophy of Stephen Brown
Be inspired by this sample teaching philosophy to get ideas for how you could create a supportive one in your class.
Team Based Learning
Learn more about team based learning and how you can use it to create social connections among students, and build a resilient and supportive learning community in your class.
Team Style Grading Rubric
Use this grading rubric to improve your students’ experience with group work, by assigning grades to the quality of team work.
Template for Feedback
Use this template to explore how you can share links to resources with students within the feedback you provide on their work.
Ten Strategies for Inclusivity in Remote or Online Learning Environments
The following PDF includes strategies for faculty and instructors to enhance inclusivity in their courses, in particular for remote or online learning environments. To learn more about student well-being, check out the Well-being in Learning Environments initiative, a collaboration between Health Promotion and the Centre for Educational Excellence.
Tips for an Accessible Learning Environment
Explore these tips for creating an Accessible Learning Environment.
Universal Design for Learning in Post-secondary Education
The Teaching and Learning Centre has shared a guide on the 9 Principles of Universal Design, with clear examples and suggestions on how to implement each principle both in the classroom as well as online in a Canvas course.
Well-Being Check-Ins and Tips for Online Learning Environments
Enhance student well-being and learning by embedding brief well-being check-in’s in an online learning environment like Canvas. The following content is Canvas-ready – simply copy and paste any of the check-in’s below onto a new content page in your course.
The Wellness Wheel describes 7 different dimensions of wellness, and is one of the services and supports that you can share with students.
Write and Reflect
Jenny Scott uses a two-minute write and reflect activity to help create social connection and positive classroom culture by having students reflect on and share their experiences with the course material.