The October 27th Town Hall on support strategies was hosted BC Campus advisor Helena Prins and facilitated by ACE-WIL President Jennie Nilsson. The Town Hall included a student panel, a presentation on creative ways to be ergonomic while working from home and an update on upcoming events.
Four students attended the ACE-WIL student panel on support strategies: Harper Friedman, Katheryna Khong, Vasundhara Seli and Emily Jackson.
Below are some of the questions and answers from the panel:
Q: I want to make sure my students know I am available to help, but I don’t want to overwhelm them. What can I do to help?
Harper Friedman: Provide time outside of office hours or lecture, making a slack channel for chatting with each other. Sending emails can be intimidating to students at times so more casual spaces can help.
Q: With the virtual fatigue students are experiencing, do you feel like students are less inclined to participate in campus virtual events outside of classes?
Vasundhara Seli: Students would like to come to virtual career fairs. Any opportunity for a job that comes their way they will happy to pursue it.
Q: Do students want to meet each other? What can we do to facilitate connections virtually?
Vasundhara Seli: Yes, many do. Ice breakers like tongue twisters, never have I ever, getting to know each other in virtual events outside of campus/class time. Also depends on the time zones people are in.
Emily Jackson: Make breakout rooms in class with coursework to work on so students can get to know each other over work. Some students in lectures have used a Discord channel to connect with each other too.
Strategies for improving ergonomics while working at home
Carol Yin, a co-op student from SFU, also gave an informative presentation on Creative Ways to Apply Ergonomic Principles Working at Home. For many, adjustable ergonomic furniture is a luxury so finding new and creative ways to make your home workspace comfortable is imperative.
- Upcoming Webinar Series for Workplaces
- November 26th 12PM-1PM: How BC businesses are using students to help them remain vital during the recovery
- January 14th 12PM-1PM: Opportunities for healthcare sector organizations looking to add student talent
- Professional Development
- Six Tools for Diversity in WIL: Supporting Employers to Attract, Hire and Onboard Students from International Pathways – Wednesday, December 9th 10:30AM-12:00PM
- Check out the BC Campus Events Calendar for more great PD opportunities
- Studio20 Engaging Learners Online – Nov 17th to 19th
- Next ACE-WIL Town Hall: November 17th. Update on provincial projects- stay tuned for details