Supporting student success and wellbeing through diverse curricular approaches

This Connections seminar will introduce an evidence-based framework, based on the Complete State Model and Self-determination Theory, for curricular and co-curricular approaches to supporting student self-management, academic success and wellbeing. Practical examples will be given, and interactive activities will support participants planning for their own courses and programs.  

Jenny will talk about how she has used a Learning Blog assessment to build self-management skills and promote metacognitive capital in her second-year Social and Developmental Psychology course.  

Ben will discuss student feedback on integrating the Academic Confidence Essentials (ACE) learning tool into a first-year Indigenous Studies course. Initial feedback suggests the tool can be integrated to facilitate student experiences of competence and mitigate uncertainty and assessment anxiety. 

Gary will focus on Medicine & Health’s Student Wellbeing Action Groups (SWAGs) which are partnerships between students and staff to support student wellbeing. 

There will then be a brief exercise during which participants can consider how any of the strategies could be adapted to their own context.  


About the Speakers

Dr Leesa Sidhu headshot

Dr Leesa Sidhu is Deputy Director of EF Development, Portfolio of the PVCE, Office of the DVCESE, and Deputy Head of School (Education) in the School of Science at UNSW Canberra. She has extensive experience in developing and lecturing Statistics courses for Science, Engineering, Business and Arts students, has won one national and numerous UNSW teaching awards, and has a strong interest in applying in-curricular wellbeing-supportive strategies. 


A/Prof. Jenny Richmond

Associate Professor Jenny Richmond is a developmental psychologist and Director of Undergraduate Programs in the School of Psychology. She is an advocate for pedagogy that supports students to succeed at university and promotes teaching with students’ wellbeing in mind. Her scholarly work about the impact of embedding self-management resources into the curriculum has been published in Psychology Learning and Teaching.  


Ben Kelly headshot

Ben Kelly is an Education Focussed academic who has taught Indigenous Studies with Nura Gili at UNSW since 2007. Drawing on his training in Sociology, Philosophy, Psychology and Education, Ben teaches a range of courses across the Indigenous Studies major. Ben co-founded the Teaching for Equity and Diversity Community of Practice and is an active member of Student Wellbeing CoP. 


Prof. Garu Velan headshot

Professor Gary Velan is a national award-winning medical educator. He is Senior Vice Dean (Education) in UNSW Medicine & Health and formerly Co-Director of the UNSW Scientia Education Academy. Gary pioneered online formative assessments at UNSW and partners with students to establish and lead Student Wellbeing Action Groups (SWAGs). 


This event is a part of the Connections series, consisting of seminars that provide you with the opportunity to learn from your colleagues to inform your own teaching practice.