Course Description

There is little doubt that both being an instructor and a learner in higher education is demanding. How do instructors respond effectively to the changes around us in order to survive and thrive in our roles as educators, and to help establish conditions that allow learners to thrive in our classrooms? The PERMA model (Seligman, 2011) presents five facets as guides to flourishing: Positive Emotions (e.g., feeling joy and contentment), Engagement (e.g., being attached and involved in activities), Relationships (e.g., feeling connected, supported and cared for), Meaning (e.g., feeling valued and part of something larger than self), and Accomplishment (e.g., feeling capable, and acknowledging progress towards goals and a sense of accomplishment) (Kern et al., 2015). This session will provide participants an opportunity to explore how the 5 facets of the PERMA model can support our individual and collective ability to flourish in our roles as educators at the University of Calgary.

By the end of this session participants will be able to:

  • Explore how the 5 facets of the PERMA model can be used to support their well-being
  • Explore how the 5 facets of the PERMA model can be used to support students' well-being in the classroom

Applies Towards the Following Certificate(s)


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