It’s a common experience for many of us that our students are overwhelmed, anxious, and 18% have a mental health condition (National College Survey, 2013). Further studies illustrate when mental attention is influenced by states of mental or emotional strain, it directly interferes with healthy functioning processes that can help an individual take appropriate action (Barbezat & Bush, 2014). In response, the Campus Mental Health Strategy recommends that concepts of mental health and wellness be embedded into teaching and learning practices to foster inclusivity and improve pedagogy (University of Calgary, 2016).
This workshop will focus on small, practical interventions or "wellness moments", that instructors can facilitate in-class to deepen student learning well beyond the cognitive domain and foster a culture of wellness to develop meaningful learning experiences.
At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:
- Discuss the benefits and challenges of implementing wellness-related learning activities in the classroom
- Participate in a gallery walk of wellness related teaching and learning activities and share new ideas in relation to inclusivity and pedagogy
- Reflect on the Campus Mental Health Strategy to identify next steps for implementing wellness strategies and techniques to improve the quality of student learning.
Barbezat, D., & Bush, M. (2014). Contemplative practices in higher education : Powerful methods to transform teaching and learning, The Jossey-Bass higher and adult education series. Retrieved from http://site.ebrary.com.ezproxy.lib.ucalgary.ca/lib/ucalgary/reader.action?ppg=1&docID=10799633&tm=1474141902563
University of Calgary. (2016). Campus mental health strategy. Retrieved from http://ucalgary.ca/provost/files/provost/15-unv-018-mental_health_strategy_final.pdf