Embedding Wellness in Online Learning

Decorative: "Well-being matters"

 

"10 Ways to Embed Well-being into Remote Learning Environments" (pdf) outlines and presents links to "practical tips, strategies, and resources" to "support faculty and instructors in fostering health and well-being in learning environments via remote instruction."

  • The pdf develops each of the following points, many linking to further resources in the original text.

A. Ways to Support Students 

1. "Be Flexible"

  • "Offer flexible deadlines for assignments as a way to offer compassion and to empower students, particularly at a time when so much is out of their control."

2. "Encourage Social Connection"

  • "Encourage students to study with classmates virtually, check-in when someone misses a planned studying session, and stay in touch with friends and family."

3. "Foster a Positive Classroom Culture"

  • "Connecting with your students and showing empathy and kindness can profoundly impact their sense of belonging."
  • "This can be done in an email, an announcement on [mycourselnk/D2L], or by including it in the Get to Know Your Prof slides," video, file, etc.

4. "Be Supportive"

  • "To enhance positive growth and sense of belonging, ... consider equity and students’ psychological experiences

5. "Promote Services and Supports"

  • Provide a briefly annotated list of other student supports, so they know where to go for help. 

6. "Support Inclusivity"

  • "Provide additional time for students to access and understand technology they may not be familiar with."
  • "Create flexible deadlines and provide clear instructions on how to access the course and material, submit assignments, and do quizzes."
  • "Accommodate different learning styles by providing a variety of ways students can engage and participate in the lecture and learning, such as discussion boards, written reflections, oral presentations, among others."

7. "Provide Optimal Challenge"

  • "[A]sk students for feedback on their overall learning experience to foster a mutual collaboration environment."

8. "Offer Opportunities for Personal Growth"

  • "Offer this Reality Check Reflection Tool to invite students to determine the best course of action on how they envision spending their time in the upcoming weeks." 
  • "Encourage a Group-generated Study Guide for students to work effectively in teams and build professional skills, while remaining socially connected."

9. "Focus on Real-Life Learning"

  • "[E]ncourage students to keep up-to-date with current issues related to the course."
  • "Explore online experiential learning opportunities connected to your learning outcomes whenever possible."

10. "Explore Valued Civic Engagement"

  • "Have guest lectures and other opportunities for students to learn about the field and see how the coursework is used in practice."

B. Ways to Support Your Own Well-Being as a Instructor

1. "Take Time to Rest and Take Care of Yourself"

  • "Be kind to yourself, family, friends, and students."
  • "Let go of ... perfection and embrace what’s important to you and the class to get through."
  • "Stay in contact with other colleagues, faculty members and instructors, and other [Lakehead] communities for support."

2. "Reach Out for Support"

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