Writer: Alexandra Culloden
Wellbeing Project Coordinator, Access, Inclusion and Wellbeing, Australian National University
Welcome to the final day of ‘Fostering student wellbeing’!
Today we will be providing some examples of evidence-based teaching approaches which have been shown to enhance student wellbeing engagement and competence in a range of contexts.
How do you balance supporting student wellbeing with increasing time pressures and competing priorities?
For busy academics with competing (and pressing) demands, it may be challenging to re-design curriculum or develop new ways to facilitate learning that support students’ wellbeing.
A fact sheet has been developed identifying seven ‘Life Hacks’ for teaching. These simple tips can be used by all time-poor educators (with little preparation) to enhance autonomy-supportive learning environments and support student wellbeing.
Supporting student wellbeing in a research supervision context
As experienced supervisors are aware, although pursuing a research higher degree (RHD) is generally an extremely rewarding experience, many graduate researchers struggle at times with feelings of isolation, and a lack of ‘connectedness’ to their peers, their departments and the institution. Some students also come to question the outcomes and value of a research higher degree. It is therefore common for many graduate researchers, at some point in their candidature, to become de-motivated, fall in a slump and experience periods of psychological distress.
What can academic supervisors do to support the wellbeing of graduate researchers?
The following video ‘Good Supervision Practice’ looks at how you can implement good strategies that support student wellbeing.
Good practice examples:
There are a large number of strategies used by educators in a range of different teaching and learning contexts which you can read through via the link below:
Learning Activity 3:
Review the good practice examples linked above, and select a strategy relevant to your role. Provide a short explanation of the strategy you selected and why on the discussion board.
Live Stream Replay!
If you missed our live stream this morning, fret not! You can watch it here:
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Orygen, The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health (2017). Under the radar. The mental health of Australian university students. Melbourne: Orygen, The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health