UBC Graduate Research

Teaching Practices and University Student Well-being : an Outcome Evaluation Hurvitz, Serena; Mortazavi, Negah; Lee, Michael; Jarus, Tal


Student mental health is an increasing concern on university campuses, which can greatly impact learning. Different teaching practices can result in various learning outcomes. However, there is a gap in literature regarding the impact of teaching practices on student well-being. Our previous studies identified teaching strategies that promote student well-being by surveying students in a university in West Coast Canada in 2015-2016. We designed knowledge translation events on specific teaching practices that enhance student wellness. Accordingly, six knowledge translation events were presented to instructors from various faculties of the above identified university through symposiums and poster presentations. This project evaluated the effectiveness of these events by instructors’ reports before and after on their perceptions of their knowledge, skills, and sense of responsibility around supporting student well-being. Although not significant, the findings of this study suggest that instructors’ awareness is improved after participation in one knowledge translation event.

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