Mental Health and Wellness in Teaching and Learning

Helping Students Help Themselves: Strategies and Resources

In this session, participants will learn how self-regulated learning skills empower students to take ownership of their education and implement successful learning strategies. The facilitator will also provide participants with an understanding of campus resources they can direct their students to when they identify a student who needs to develop their learning skills.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:
- Implement learning activities that support students’ development of self-regulated learning strategies
- Assist students who would benefit from further developing their learning strategies in accessing support services across campus

Facilitators: Roxanne Ross
Date: Wednesday, January 29, 2020
Time: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Locations: TayIor Institute Learning Studio F

Braver Space/Intercultural Spaces

In this session we will give a brief overview of the role culture plays within our learning environments; a recognition of cultural dimensions can help improve the sense of belonging for our students, faculty, and staff. This session includes discussions around common concerns that may arise in our learning environments. Participants will have an opportunity to engage in group activities that will help you unpack the complexity of navigating different cultural dimensions. After sharing different perspectives on the role culture plays on our campus, participants will be provided with a pedagogical model they may implement to help foster a more inclusive learning environment.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of this course participants will be able to:
- Understand how cultural competency has the potential to impact students' and educators' sense of belonging in our campus community
- Recognize the impact that cultural competency (or lack thereof) has in your learning environment, and how a sense of belonging plays a vital role in creating inclusive spaces on our campus
- Incorporate cultural capacity building in your teaching practice with some practical suggestions and teaching strategies

Facilitators: Garrett Beatty and Isabel Fandino
Date: Wednesday, February 26, 2020
Time: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Locations: TayIor Institute Learning Studio F

Using Mental Health and Wellness as a Framework for Course Design

In this session we will give a brief overview of mental health and wellness, with connections to course design. The majority of the session will be spent discussing ways in which the design of a course can impact on wellness for both students and instructors. After looking at a framework for wellness and course design, participants will offer suggestions to promote wellness at the course level.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the workshop, participants should be able to:
- Describe how course design has the potential to impact on students' and instructors' mental health and wellness, both positively and negatively
- Identify course design strategies that have the potential to promote mental health and wellness for students and instructors
- Select two course design ideas that have the potential to foster mental health and wellness in their own courses

Facilitators: Haboun Bair
Date: Tuesday, March 10, 2020
Time: 1 - 3 p.m.
Locations: TayIor Institute Learning Studio F

PERMA Flourishing Model to Support Well-being in the Classroom

There is little doubt that both being an instructor and a learner in higher education is demanding. How do instructors respond effectively to the changes around us in order to survive and thrive in our roles as educators, and to help establish conditions that allow learners to thrive in our classrooms? The PERMA model (Seligman, 2011) presents five facets as guides to flourishing: Positive Emotions (e.g., feeling joy and contentment), Engagement (e.g., being attached and involved in activities), Relationships (e.g., feeling connected, supported and cared for), Meaning (e.g., feeling valued and part of something larger than self), and Accomplishment (e.g., feeling capable, and acknowledging progress towards goals and a sense of accomplishment) (Kern et al., 2015). This session will provide participants an opportunity to explore how the 5 facets of the PERMA model can support our individual and collective ability to flourish in our roles as educators at the University of Calgary.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this session you will be able to: 
- Explore how the 5 facets of the PERMA model can be used to support their well-being
- Explore how the 5 facets of the PERMA model can be used to support students' well-being in the classroom

Facilitators: Patti Dyjur and Natasha Kenny
Date: Monday, March 30, 2020
Time: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Locations: TayIor Institute Learning Studio F