"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"
- "Facilitate a Class Check In Activity to foster social connection despite physical distancing."
- "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.
- Such resources at Lakehead might include those located at the following sites:
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."
- "Model place-based approach and include a traditional territorial acknowledgement in your course on [mycourselnk/D2L]."
7. "Provide Optimal Challenge"
- "[A]sk students for feedback on their overall learning experience to foster a mutual collaboration environment."
- Ask for responses with "an anonymous Survey [in mycourselink/D2L] or SurveyMonkey using the following Comment Card prompts."
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"
- We at the Teaching Commons are here to help!