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Teacher Development: Embedding Mental Health in the Curriculum

 

Develop your teaching strategies to promote positive student mental health.

Growing numbers of students at schools and universities are experiencing mental health issues – the COVID-19 pandemic in particular has heightened anxiety and stress for many learners of all ages.

The act of learning can be extremely positive for student mental wellbeing, but it can also exacerbate or even cause mental health difficulties. And though there have been calls for action on mental health made globally, there’s little guidance in this area.

On this microcredential, you’ll learn how to embed mental wellbeing in your teaching and curriculum. You'll apply inclusive teaching strategies and discover how to design teaching, learning and assessment activities to meet the needs of learners experiencing issues such as low self-esteem, stress, anxiety, social anxiety and feelings of not belonging.

Designed by global experts with decades of experience in supporting learners with mental health problems, you’ll also explore how the use of technology can affect student mental wellbeing and the implications associated with online learning, enabling you to build the skills to help learners develop resilience in the modern world.

*Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and The Open University’s commitment to support best practice for teaching and learning online, we are temporarily reducing the price of this course from £675 to £475. Offering a saving of £200.

Mental Health Foundation

This microcredential is endorsed by the Mental Health Foundation.

The Foundation has provided a comprehensive review of the course content, as well as supplementary learning materials and practical, realistic examples to enhance core learning content.

Key features

  • Delivered in partnership with the worldwide online learning platform, FutureLearn.
  • Created by leading academics and global experts.
  • Develop skills that can be put into practice immediately.
  • Gain postgraduate-level credit in just 12 weeks.

 

Course summary

Microcredential
Code
HZFM883
Credits
15
Study level
OU – Postgraduate
SCQF – 11
FHEQ – 7
Duration
12 weeks | 13 hours per week
Cost
£475*
Next start date
19 October 2020
 

What you’ll learn

This microcredential offers educators from a variety of sectors and settings the opportunity to better understand the impact of mental health issues on learners.

Learn how to better support your students’ mental wellbeing
 

Growing numbers of students at schools and universities are experiencing mental health issues. The COVID-19 pandemic has heightened anxiety and stress for many learners of all ages – especially those facing a significant change to the way their education is delivered.

With guidance from global teaching experts with decades of experience in supporting learners with mental health problems, you’ll learn how to apply inclusive teaching strategies that support young people’s mental health and help them to develop resilience in the modern world.

While the act of learning can be extremely positive for student mental wellbeing, in other cases it can also exacerbate or even cause mental health difficulties.

This microcredential will give you the knowledge and tools to embed student mental health and wellbeing in the curriculum through the design of teaching, learning and assessment activities.

You’ll develop a greater awareness of the triggers and issues that can lead to mental health difficulties and how to address these within your practice, whilst also exploring institution-wide approaches to mental wellbeing.

Understand the mental health implications of online learning
 

You’ll explore how the use of technology can affect student mental wellbeing and better understand the mental health implications associated with online learning.

As well as identifying the potential negative effects of digital learning, you’ll also explore ways of harnessing technology to enhance student mental wellbeing.

On this microcredential, you’ll cover topics including:

  • an introduction to mental health, wellbeing and learning
  • barriers to student mental health in teaching and learning
  • diverse learners and their wellbeing
  • designing learning: Multiple means of engagement
  • representing learners' backgrounds and developing strong communities
  • multiple means of expression: Assessment and feedback
  • technology and learner wellbeing
  • online learning and learner wellbeing
  • institution-wide approaches to learner wellbeing
  • innovative pedagogies and learners' wellbeing.

By the end of the course, you’ll have learnt how to:

  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the different ways in which mental health is defined and discussed and of the relationship between mental health and learning in diverse global contexts
  • design teaching, learning and assessment activities that promote mental wellbeing and are conducive to positive mental health
  • identify and critically evaluate some of the barriers to embedding mental health into the curriculum and the ways in which they might be managed
  • evaluate existing curriculum content and identify potential impacts, positive and negative, on student mental health
  • synthesise and critically evaluate relevant experience, accounts and formal research evidence as the basis for recommending appropriate ways of designing curricula that are conducive to student mental health and wellbeing.

Assessment

The assessment will require you to apply the knowledge and skills developed in the course to evaluate and revise a lesson plan in respect of its support for student wellbeing. You will provide a rationale explaining your decisions and a reflective commentary explaining the impact of the course on your professional or personal practice.

Professional relevance

This microcredential has a global focus and the skills you’ll learn will be relevant for learners from countries around the world. It is specifically intended for teachers, trainers, lecturers, learning designers, educational technologists, heads of department and institution leaders and managers in a variety of settings, including schools (particularly secondary education), colleges, universities, and workplace learning settings.

It also addresses some of the mental health issues that have arisen from the COVID-19 pandemic, including those connected with the move in some sectors to online teaching, learning and assessment.

On completion

On successful completion, you’ll gain 15 academic credits at postgraduate level. Credits are awarded on passing the final assessment.

Regulations

As a student of The Open University, you should be aware of the content of the academic regulations, which are available on our Student Policies and Regulations website.
 

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