How can we incorporate nature connection into our work as learning developers?
Keywords:wellbeing, university, nature connection
This poster presents reflections on a year of facilitating regular outdoor ‘walk and talk’ activities embedded within a taught academic skills module. The aims were to foster connections between students, to deepen their sense of belonging, and to positively impact on their mental health by inviting them to spend time in local green spaces during timetabled class hours.
Amirkhan, J.H., Bowers, G.K. and Logan, C. (2020) ‘Applying stress theory to higher education: lessons from a study of first-year students’, Studies in Higher Education, 45(11), pp.2231–2244. https://doi.org/10.1080/03075079.2019.1601692
Baik, C., Larcombe, W., and Brooker, A. (2019) How universities can enhance student mental wellbeing: the student perspective, Higher Education Research & Development, 38(4), pp. 674-687. https://doi.org/10.1080/07294360.2019.1576596
Gregory, J. (2023) ‘How can we incorporate nature connection into our work as learning developers?’, ALDinHE Conference 2023. University of Portsmouth, Online 9 June. Available at: https://aldinhe.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2023/05/ALDCon23-Poster-Jodi-Gregory.jpg (Accessed: 8 October 2023)
Holt, E.W., Lombard, Q.K., Best, N., Smiley-Smith, S. and Quinn, J.E., (2019) ‘Active and passive use of green space, health, and well-being amongst university students’, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 16(3). https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16030424
Lewis, J. and Bolton, P. (2023) Support for Students with mental health issues in higher Education. House of Commons Library. Available at: https://researchbriefings.files.parliament.uk/documents/CBP-8593/CBP-8593.pdf (Accessed: 8 October 2023)
Hughes, G. and Spanner, L. (2019) The University Mental Health Charter. Student Minds. Available at: https://www.studentminds.org.uk/charter.html (Accessed: 8 October 2023)
Psaros, C. (2022) ‘“Walk me through your dissertation”: using urban walks to develop students’ thinking about research’, Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education (24). https://doi.org/10.47408/jldhe.vi25.968
Thorley, C. (2017) Not by degrees: improving student mental health in the UK’s universities, Institute for Public Policy Research. Available at: https://www.ippr.org/publications/not-by-degrees (Accessed: 8 October 2023)
Vernikos, J. (2016) Designed to Move: The Science-Backed Program to Fight Sitting Disease and Enjoy Lifelong Health. Linden Publishing: Fresno, CA
How to Cite
Copyright (c) 2023 Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:
- Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.
- Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.
- Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work (See The Effect of Open Access).