Dr. Sally Willis-Stewart, Associate Professor from the School of Health and Exercise Sciences at UBC Okanagan, helped close out the 2023 Teaching and Learning Symposium with a high-energy and practice-based talk titled “‘Healthifying’ our curriculum and the impact of wellbeing on student academic success”. Drawing extensively upon her research and experience developing courses for undergraduate students, Dr. Sally offered symposium participants practical examples to embed a focus on the health and well-being of our students into the curriculum here at Capilano University.
Dr. Sally hooks the audience by using Dr. Rutherford, a teaching persona created by Dr. Sally, to highlight "dubious" or "effort-free" solutions to health and well-being.
Dr. Sally takes a pause from her talk to connect with symposium participants.
Five volunteers were asked to balance an egg between them using string, each taking on an aspect of health and wellness: 'social', 'mental/emotional', 'spiritual', 'physical', and 'environmental'. This activity illustrated the challenge our students face in maintaining all of these aspects to keep their health and well-being balanced. Alaa Al-Musalli is "surprised" by Dr. Sally's challenge to balance an egg using string.