We encourage the integration of health and wellbeing dimensions and practices both in and out of the classroom. Our learning strategies engage students on three levels:
Exploration: Experiences exposure to one or more dimensions of health and wellbeing. Students can identify their current involvement and perspectives on the dimension(s).
Integration: Engages in deeper involvement with one or more dimensions of health and wellbeing through a student’s desire to prioritize the dimension(s). This can include an awareness of cognitive dissonance and efforts to develop realistic strategies for growth within the dimension(s).
Transformation: Establishes deep commitment in one or more dimension(s) of health and wellbeing. This is reflected through strong self-awareness within the dimension(s) of health and wellbeing and through demonstrated actions benefiting self, others, or the environment.
(Cultivated using Transformative Learning Theory (Mezirow, 1978), the Growth Mindset (Dweck, 2006), and the AACU VALUE Rubric for Lifelong Learning (2003))
Academic coursework can be designated Health and Wellbeing courses if the following criteria are met:
Criteria for the Health and Wellbeing Course Designation
- Course contains at least one learning outcome related to TWU’s health and wellbeing model
- Course contains a graded component tied to the health and wellbeing learning outcome
- Course incorporates pedagogy practices that model health and wellbeing to students
- Instructor administers a pre-post assessment to measure change in beliefs about the learning outcome(s) related to health and wellbeing
- Includes the Health and Wellbeing Syllabus Statement in the course syllabus
Health and Wellbeing Syllabus Statement
TWU believes that personal health and wellbeing amplifies and enhances the intellectual growth and skill development we gain through our academic work. Learning about how to balance the multiple facets of our lives, emphasizing resiliency and not perfection, and understanding their impact on long-term success are critical for whole-person development. When we are well, we are more productive and can more easily find satisfaction in life. Regular, prioritized habits, rather than instant fixes, helps us find our optimal paths to health and wellbeing.
Faculty interested in establishing a health and wellbeing course designation may contact Michelle Reeves at firstname.lastname@example.org or 940-898-2221.
I started concentrating on finding a healthy life balance through consistent fitness, mindful practices such as yoga & meditation, and self-awareness practices (like a gratitude journal). These don’t take nearly as much effort and sacrifice as it might sound, but they have made a HUGE difference on my ability to navigate school and family and all of the stresses that are associated with that.
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