Day 2 Block 4 Session 5: Thriving in (Pedagogical) Action-Using TiA Learning Strategies to Inspire Teaching Practice

Track:
Pedagogy
What:
Creative Workshop Session
When:
12:00 PM, Tuesday 18 May 2021 EDT (1 hour)
Where:
  Virtual session
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Launched at Vancouver Island University (VIU) in January, 2021, Thriving in Action (TiA) is a free, evidence-based, well-being and success program for students created by Deena Shaffer and Diana Brecher (Ryerson University). It combines positive psychology and innovative learning strategies to support students in developing skills and resiliency needed to thrive.

At VIU, TiA is co-facilitated by Counselling Services and the Centre for Innovation and Excellence in Learning (CIEL), our institution’s teaching and learning centre. In this way, we bring together counsellors who facilitate the health and wellness elements of TiA, and educational developers who facilitate the learning strategy elements. Since our teaching and learning centre works predominantly with faculty, and we bring that lens to our work in TiA, we began to ask ourselves how elements of TiA, including health and wellness strategies might be of benefit to faculty, especially in terms of course design and teaching practice. As we facilitated TiA for students, we wondered, “Wouldn’t it be great if faculty had an opportunity to participate in TiA? What would it look like if the elements of TiA could support and enhance course design? Pedagogy? How could faculty incorporate elements of TiA into their classes? And how can we work to meaningfully integrate this program more fully into the fibre of the institution?”

In this session, we discuss how our experiences implementing Thriving in Action (TiA), and the lenses that we bring to this work, have inspired us to incorporate TiA into faculty development initiatives. We would like to invite participants, regardless of where they sit at their institutions, to join us in discussing how health and wellness could possibly be incorporated more broadly at institutions to further contribute to the development and enhancement of holistic pedagogical practices. Furthermore, we will discuss our early experiences with blending faculty development initiatives with health, wellness and learning strategies, highlighting what we have started doing at VIU to bring TiA to faculty audiences, acknowledging our own challenges and successes. This session is meant to hold space for a discussion on how the health, wellness and learning strategies from TiA could influence teaching and learning even more broadly across institutions and we look forward to hearing from a variety of perspectives on this issue.

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