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Wednesday, May 30 • 10:30am - 12:00pm
Designing Learning Environments that Enhance Student Well-being: Examples from Simon Fraser University and the University of British Columbia

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Research is demonstrating that subtle shifts within higher education classroom contexts can create a profound impact on student well-being. This interactive workshop will share research, action, and innovations of two institutions who are creatively engaging faculty members to support and enhance student well-being.

This session will:
  • Provide an interactive and generative space for faculty members and staff to consider the impact of learning environments on student well-being in higher education.
  • Share innovative research and knowledge translation tools from two universities which can be adapted and used in other contexts, thus promoting consideration of future research in this area of inquiry.
  • Provide participants an opportunity to begin to consider approaches to promoting well-being in learning environments at their own institutions.

This workshop will be organized into the following sections:
  1. Participants will be asked to remember one of their best profs from their undergraduate experience and prompted to think about what made them a good professor. Participants will be asked to keep this in mind as the session proceeds as good teaching is inherently good for well-being. 
  2. Facilitators will share the research and theory that informs the well-being in learning environments projects. Facilitators will highlight the link between student well-being and academic success and share specific quantitative and qualitative data on students’ and faculty members’ perspectives on well-being in learning environments. 
  3. In small groups, participants will be invited to consider and discuss key themes emerging from the research.
  4. Facilitators will point to resources to help guide colleagues who wish to pursue adaptations of the well-being in learning environments projects at their campus. 


Rosie Dhaliwal

Health Promotion Specialist, Simon Fraser University
Rosie Dhaliwal, MEd, RD, is a Diversity & Inclusion and Education Specialist in Human Resources at Simon Fraser University (SFU). She has diverse experiences in nutrition and dietetics including roles as a Clinical Dietitian and Nutrition Consultant in the community, Distance Education... Read More →

Wednesday May 30, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm AKDT
Ballroom 3