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Tools for Well-being in the Classroom: Fall 2021 Highlight

Fall 2021 Highlight is a Well-being in Learning Environments initiative that builds on the work that faculty members and other instructors are already doing to support student learning and well-being.

We are inviting faculty to be part of this by drawing on what we already know to try out quick strategies to support well-being in their own classes, and have their students participate in a survey to evaluate its impact. An additional goal of this initiative is to expand the network of faculty and instructors interested in exploring strategies that support well-being in learning environments.

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Contact us if you have any questions

Lehoa at lehoa_mak@sfu.ca

Alisa at alisa_stanton@sfu.ca

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Get access to a toolkit of activities and templates that you can use right away

coming soon (August 2021)

Implement the well-being check in

Do what works best with your class and schedule. Try out a well-being activity at any time in the term.

Send out a survey to your students

Be part of a shared assessment process to help us assess the impact these activities have on student well-being

Bonus

Choose to attend optional drop-in chats or other opportunities to connect with participating faculty members and instructors

Why is this important?

Everyone’s well-being has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, and each person has and continues to experience this differently. The pandemic has exacerbated mental health stressors. Youth aged 18-30 have been particularly likely to report increased anxiety and stress in 2020 (Samji et al., 2021). Students at post-secondary institutions also reported increased stress as we all navigated the switch from in-person to remote teaching, along with other pandemic-related educational complications (Rashid & Di Genova, 2020). We will face additional challenges as we return to campus this Fall. Instructors and faculty can play an important role in creating conditions that support student well-being, and with that student learning, engagement, and retention.

For more information about the impact of well-being on student success, and ways that instructors can affect both, see this project rationale.

What’s in it for you?

  • resume for faculty advancement/line for CV
  • improved classroom environment and student learning
  • be part of a support network of faculty and instructors
  • access resources and learn with and from other faculty/instructors on what they are doing to contribute to well-being and student academic success
  • opportunities for personal and professional growth

Examples of Well-being in Learning Environments in Action

  • Fostering connection and practicing kindness
  • Students appreciation every little thing we do that shows that we care
  • Embracing a flexible approach 
  • Instructors who are trying out different well-being strategies

Acknowledgements

This initiative is a collaboration between the SFU Health Promotion team and the Institute for the Study of Teaching and Learning in the Disciplines team, and is funded by the Student Experience Initiative. This initiative is guided by the Advisory Committee:

  • Hasina Samji 
  • Mark Pickup
  • Sarah Walshaw 
  • Suzanna Crage

References

Rashid, T. & Di Genova, L. (2020). Campus mental health in times of COVID-19 pandemic: Data-informed challenges and opportunities. Campus Mental Health: Community of Practice (CoP) Canadian Association of Colleges and University Student Services. https://bit.ly/3lbLZQU

Samji, H., Dove, N., Ames, M., Sones, M., & Leadbeater, B. (2021, June). Last in line: Impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the health and well-being of young adults in BC. BC Medical Journal. https://bit.ly/2VkmkdW