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Thursday, June 19 • 2:00pm - 2:50pm
CON6.05 – Transforming Classroom Conditions to Support Student Well-being (Room A334)

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Health and well-being are positively correlated with academic success and learning; however, this is rarely addressed within the learning environment. Student well-being and particularly mental well-being, are increasingly important concerns for Canadian post-secondary institutions.  Not only are students experiencing higher rates of mental health problems, institutions have higher expectations to consider whole students, their diverse needs and prepare them for life in an ever-changing world. 

In partnership with the SFU Teaching and Learning Centre, SFU Health Promotion is taking a forward thinking approach to enhance student learning experiences by recognizing the important impact of learning environments on well-being. This is in line with widely accepted health promotion theory that suggests the setting in which students learn plays a crucial role in their health and well-being.  Through literature reviews with a foundation in Universal Instructional Design, and soliciting feedback from instructors, education consultants and students, an on-line resource has been created which highlights key conditions within learning environments that support well-being. These include opportunities for personal development and social interaction among students, within a positive classroom culture. Additional conditions for student well-being include making a valued contribution, experiencing an optimal level of challenge and feeling supported by instructors, among others. This new online resource is part of the SFU Well-being in Learning Environments initiative which aims to transform learning environments so they are more supportive of student well-being and whole-student development while equipping students for success in higher education and beyond.

This session will increase understanding about how post-secondary classroom conditions impact well-being.  It will also provide examples, tools and resources for educators to recognize well-being within their teaching practice whether it be through course design, course delivery or student assessment.  Participants will be invited to share their own practices and experiences that relate to the conditions for well-being, and contribute to furthering knowledge exchange and practice in this area.

Thursday June 19, 2014 2:00pm - 2:50pm EDT
A334 McArthur Hall

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