Wellness-Centric Course Design Toolkit

Is it possible to design a course with WELLNESS in MIND?

We have the unique opportunity to shape the holistic well-being of our students, fostering an environment that supports their personal growth and success.

With the fall semester of 2023 on the horizon, it is essential to consider a fresh approach. 

Introducing Wellness-Centric Course Design, a comprehensive guide that provides a wealth of suggestions encompassing all aspects of course development, with a particular emphasis on prioritizing the well-being of our students.

Recognizing the wide variability in class size, course content, learning objectives, and individual teaching style, this tool is intended to present a range of options to create the conditions that support wellbeing, and foster academic integrity as an added and related benefit. 

With this resource, we aim to provide practical strategies and innovative ideas that integrate wellness principles into the very fabric of our courses. By doing so, we can create a more nurturing and supportive learning environment, fostering both academic success and personal well-being.

This toolkit offers a range of suggestions across various categories such as:

  • Syllabus
  • Course Alignment
  • Assessment Principles
  • Instructional Strategies
  • Relations and Environment

… and provides a wide range of insights and recommendations that will: 

  • Cultivate student engagement and motivation
  • Enhance student satisfaction, learning and retention 
  • Reduce stress and anxiety levels among students
  • Promote a positive classroom culture and student well-being
  • Contribute to students’ holistic development
  • Improve student performance and outcomes
  • Build strong relationships and rapport with students
  • Create a conducive learning environment that supports student success
  • Address the diverse needs and backgrounds of students
  • Prepare students for future personal and professional challenges
  • Contribute to a positive and fulfilling teaching experience for instructors


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