• Teaching Practices and Student Wellbeing: It Takes a Village
    Oct 31, 2019 | Centre for Innovation in Campus Mental Health

    Student wellbeing has often been deemed the responsibility of student services professionals. However, evidence suggest that subtle shifts within higher education classroom contexts can create a profound impact on student wellbeing.

    In particular, emerging research indicates that instructors have important roles to play in fostering student wellbeing through their teaching. Such findings echo the foundational theories and the calls-to-action identified in the Okanagan Charter (2015).

    Presented by Michael Lee, Senior Instructor with Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia and Patty Hambler, Director, Health Promotion & Education on the UBC Vancouver campus for the Centre for Innovation in Campus Mental Health (CICMH) on October 30 2019, this webinar shares research and innovative projects that creatively engage instructors in enhancing student wellbeing from a large Canadian university. Tools and teaching practices that support student wellbeing are shared and the audience engages in a series of reflections and web interactions to identify possible strategies for supporting student wellbeing through effective teaching. Videos and testimonies are also shared for participants to ground their thoughts on lived experiences shared by members of the campus community including students, staff and faculty.

    By the end of the session, participants will generate ideas on how to apply teaching practices that foster student wellbeing to their campus context.

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    Presenters: Michael Lee and Patty Hambler, University of British Columbia

    Michael Lee is a Senior Instructor with the Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia.  He has been teaching for over 20 years, and has acquired a good understanding on the needs of students and constraints faced by instructors.  Being a strong advocate for student wellbeing, he has been supporting student initiatives in bringing mental health awareness to campus.   He uses a participatory-action-research method to give voice to students in identifying campus mental health needs. One of his research interests is teaching practice and student wellbeing.

    Patty Hambler is the Director, Health Promotion & Education on the UBC Vancouver campus. As a student affairs professional and health promotion specialist, Patty advocates for systems-level change to enhance and support student mental health and wellbeing in higher education. Patty has over twenty years of experience in student affairs and combines collaborative leadership with innovation to create twenty-first-century solutions for healthier campus communities where students, staff and faculty can thrive.