Fostering Student Wellbeing in the Learning Environment: You Have a Vital Role to Play

Event Date & Time

  • December 10, 2015
    10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Event Description

Within the university context, academic performance and success are highly dependent on students’ mental health and wellbeing. Instructors, including faculty members and TAs, have a vital role to play in supporting mental wellbeing in their day-to-day interactions with students. Moreover, a commitment to excellence in teaching and learning can be supported by an ethic of care and compassion within the University context.

What can this look like within the classroom environment?

In this dynamic and participant-driven session, faculty members and TAs will have the opportunity to reflect on teaching practices and interventions to support student wellbeing in the classroom. Participants will learn about two innovative UBC Vancouver projects and explore application of relevant theory and practice advocated in How Learning Works. By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

• Discuss the relationship between student wellbeing and student learning
• Highlight key features and initial key findings of two applied research initiatives at UBC: Teaching Practices and Wellbeing (TLEF) and Wellbeing in the Classroom pilot
• Examine, share and reflect on proactive strategies for supporting student wellbeing through teaching practices and classroom interventions

The facilitators for this event are: Patty Hambler and Karen M Smith.