By the end of the microcredential, 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.
- Evaluate existing curriculum content and identify potential impacts, positive and negative, on student mental health.
You’ll have access to our online welcome area where you’ll be able to start conversations with learners and read information about your microcredential.
You’ll receive the course materials prior to the course start date so you can familiarise yourself with the content of Week 1 before you start.
From 11 Oct 2021
Teacher Development: Embedding Mental Health in the Curriculum
Develop your skills in embedding student mental health and wellbeing in teaching, learning, assessment and peer support activities
13 hours per week
Introduction to mental health, wellbeing and learning
- Welcome to the course
- About the course
- Perspectives on mental health and wellbeing
- Week 1 review
Barriers to student mental health in teaching and learning
- Exploring mental health and learning
- Barriers to learner wellbeing: Identity, belonging, motivation and powerlessness
- Barriers to learner wellbeing: Self-esteem, perfectionism, anxiety and concentration issues
- Week 2 Review
Diverse learners and their wellbeing
- The danger of a single story
- Culture, discrimination, stigma and the educator's role
- Addressing mental health through curriculum content
- Week 3 review
Designing learning: Multiple means of engagement
- Designing for diverse learners
- Social justice, education and wellbeing
- Multiple means of engagement: Autonomy and choice
- Learning outcomes and wellbeing
- Week 4 review
Representing learners' backgrounds and developing strong communities
- Learner engagement: Recruiting interest
- Learning together: Positive relationships and strong communities
- Learning together: Group work
- Week 5 summary
Working on your assessment
- Reviewing the assessment tasks
- Week 6 review
Multiple means of expression: Assessment and feedback
- Introduction to student assessment
- Inclusive, transformative assessment
- Assessment design for wellbeing
- Feedback and wellbeing
- Week 7 summary
Technology and learner wellbeing
- Introduction to educational technologies
- Technology, learning and wellbeing
- Selecting technologies with wellbeing in mind
- Supporting digital wellbeing
- Week 8 review
Online learning, social media and student wellbeing
- Introduction to online learning
- Supporting learner collaboration and communities online
- Teaching with social media
- Week 9 review
Institution-wide approaches to learner wellbeing
- Introduction to institution-wide approaches to wellbeing
- Schools-based case studies
- Higher education and work-based learning
- Barriers to implementing wellbeing-focused approaches
- Week 10 review
Innovative pedagogies and learners' wellbeing
- Introduction to innovative pedagogies and wellbeing
- Open pedagogies and wellbeing
- Playful learning and wellbeing
- Places, senses, wonder and wellbeing
- Week 11 review
Conclusion and completing your assessment
- Assessment overview
- Important guidance about your assessment
- Thank you and good luck!
Once you’ve successfully completed the microcredential, you’ll receive your academic credits from The Open University. You’ll have ongoing, unlimited access to the course materials.
15 UK credits at Postgraduate level from The Open University
You’ll receive an Open University certificate confirming that you have received 15 academic credits at postgraduate level 7. Credits are awarded on passing the final assessment.
Find out how credits work and where you can use them in our FAQs.
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