• The Open University

Teacher Training: Embedding Mental Health in the Curriculum

Develop your skills in embedding student mental health and wellbeing in teaching, learning, assessment and peer support activities

Teacher Training: Embedding Mental Health in the Curriculum
  • Duration10 weeks
  • Weekly study10 hours
This course is part of the Teacher Development: Embedding Mental Health in the Curriculum program, which will enable you to develop your teaching strategies to promote student mental health and wellbeing.

Develop skills in embedding mental health and wellbeing in teaching and learning

Growing numbers of students at schools, colleges and universities are experiencing mental health issues. The act of learning can be extremely positive for student mental wellbeing. However, in other cases it can exacerbate or cause mental health difficulties. Educators can do more to embed mental wellbeing in their teaching in order to prevent or mitigate mental health issues. Calls to action on student mental health have been made globally, yet there is little guidance in this area. This course will equip you to increase learners’ mental wellbeing through inclusive teaching strategies.

What topics will you cover?

  • What we mean by mental health and wellbeing, and how to talk about this.
  • How learning and student mental health/wellbeing are related.
  • Barriers to student mental wellbeing in different learning contexts.
  • How to design teaching activities that support student mental health and wellbeing.
  • Technology-enhanced learning and student mental health and wellbeing.
  • Designing assessment activities that support student mental health and wellbeing.
  • Barriers to embedding mental health in the curriculum.
  • Mental health and learning in diverse global contexts, and international students’ experiences.
  • Institution-wide approaches to embedding mental health and wellbeing in the curriculum.
  • How to evaluate teaching, learning and assessment activities, and curriculum content, in terms of their potential impact on student mental health and wellbeing.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able 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 some of the barriers to embedding mental health into the curriculum and the ways in which they might be managed.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the potential impact of educational technologies on student mental health, and how those technologies can be used to enhance student wellbeing.
  • Evaluate existing curriculum content and identify potential impacts, positive and negative, on student mental health.

Who is the course for?

The course is intended for teachers, trainers, learning designers, educational technologists, heads of department and institution leaders in a variety of settings, including schools, colleges, universities, workplace learning settings and other learning environments. It has a global focus and is relevant for learners from countries around the world.

What software or tools do you need?

No specific software or tools are required.

Who will you learn with?

I lead The Open University's Online and Distance Education programme. My research specialisms include the impact of open pedagogies on learning and wellbeing, and gender equity in the developing world

I lead on inclusive curriculum practice at the Open University and co-lead Advance HE's Mental Health in the Curriculum projects. My research is in inclusive, accessible pedagogy and mental health.

I'm an Open University tutor and consultant researcher, specialising in inclusive online learning, and educational technologies & mental health. I’ve also written OU course materials on these topics.

I'm a Senior Lecturer in Educational Technology at The Open University, researching the design and evaluation of technologies for inclusion, participation and accessibility in learning.

Senior Lecturer in Psychology at The Open University. My research spans several psychological domains, including: mental health & wellbeing, eHealth, neurotoxicology and applied cognitive psychology.

Who developed the course?

The Open University

The Open University (OU) is the largest academic institution in the UK and a world leader in flexible distance learning, with a mission to be open to people, places, methods and ideas.

  • Established1969
  • LocationMilton Keynes, UK
  • World rankingTop 510Source: Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020