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Promoting Student Mental and Physical Health in Any Discipline

Dr. Joab Corey discusses the importance of promoting student mental and physical health, particularly due to the lack of physical activity resulting from remote learning.

Dr. Joab Corey discusses the importance of promoting student mental and physical health, particularly due to the lack of physical activity resulting from remote learning. 

Video Summary

Dr. Corey highlights the use of virtual break rooms and escape rooms to engage students and promote well-being in any discipline. He shares his personal experiences as an associate professor of teaching and economics and a volunteer boxing coach and scuba dive master. The Well-Designed Course Site and Good Vibes discussion board are also mentioned as resources for promoting mental health and cognitive function. Overall, Dr. Corey emphasizes the importance of incorporating student well-being into teaching and learning practices.

Key Points from the Video

🔵 College student mental and physical health has plummeted during the pandemic due to remote learning and a lack of physical activity. One study found that 22% of students hear about on-campus mental health services from their instructors. Incorporating this information into syllabi and course sites could help promote student mental and physical health.

🔵 Promote student mental and physical health into your teaching practice by being enthusiastic, organized, and showing care for your students. Students can improve cognitive function through exercise, meditation, and computer games. You can create virtual break rooms for your classes that include these activities.

🔵 Virtual escape rooms can promote student mental and physical health in any discipline. Escape rooms consist of challenges designed to engage students and help them solve puzzles and escape from the room as quickly as possible.

🔵 Virtual escape rooms are also a fun way for students to interact with and learn material in a different way. The room is tailored to the material they are learning in each module, with clues that relate to concepts and themes. To create the virtual escape room, it’s important to think about the story and clues.

🔵 Incorporating the community of inquiry model into the virtual escape room can build camaraderie and promote meaningful construction of solutions. Midterm evaluations of the escape room activity should include questions about what students like and don’t like about the virtual break rooms, and where improvements can be made.

🔵 In one study, incorporating virtual break rooms led to lower drop-fail-withdrawal (DFW) rates across the board, with a particularly significant improvement for underrepresented minorities, first-generation students, low-income students, and non-Pell Grant recipients.

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