“Everyday Matters: Healthy Habits for University Life" Digital Badge
The Everyday Matters Digital Badge Programme will explore some practical everyday things, based on the latest scientific research, that you can say and do to support yourself as much as possible during this time of change and establish healthy habits and routines for your university lifestyle, enhancing your successful transition into and through higher education. This digital badge will explore how you spend your time across study/work, leisure, self-care and sleep and cultivate positive habits of mind including mindful self-compassion, growth mindset and joy & gratitude. Participants will learn about brain and body health, and how to create and maintain daily habits and routines that support physical and emotional wellbeing for learning and life.
Please note, this programme is only open to first year, undergraduate, UCC students.
About the Facilitator:
The content for this programme has been developed by Dr. Eithne Hunt who has trialled the materials with second level and third level students and presented locally and nationally on this work. It is underpinned by her professional qualification as an occupational therapist, her previous clinical work with adolescents and young adults in mental health services, her extensive academic experiencing teaching young people about daily activities and wellbeing; her own research on adolescent time use and wellbeing; her training in mindfulness with children and adolescents, and mindfulness based stress reduction with teens (MBSR-T); and her outreach work designing and delivering ‘Everyday Matters’ and ‘Older & Wiser’ training to young people, parents, teachers and health professionals.
- Apply knowledge from published research to participant’s own life
- Analyse personal patterns of time use including study/work, leisure, self-care and sleep
- Develop positive habits of mind (mindful self-compassion, growth mindset, joy & gratitude)
- Use a strategy for creating and maintaining healthy time use habits and habits of mind
The weekly themes are:
- Brain development and habit formation
- Study & Work
- Growth Mindset
- Joy & Gratitude
The “Everyday Matters: Healthy Habits for University Life” digital badge is delivered over 8 sessions. You can expect to spend about one hour on each session with additional time for reading, watching videos, and preparing your short reflective paper at the end of the programme. Learner effort guideline is about 18 hours in total. All the materials are available on Canvas.
Content will be released weekly at the beginning the of week, starting Monday 15th February 2021. You can find the content under the "modules" tab on the top left of the Canvas window. You can complete the sessions at the time that suits you best. Past participants recommend timetabling the sessions into your weekly schedule. There will be two live sessions, one on Friday 19th March 2021 at 12noon and the second on Friday 16th April at 12noon. There are optional extra sessions, an informal opportunity to connect with others doing the programme this semester.
Obtaining your Digital Badge Micro-credential:
You will need to complete the quiz at the end of each of the 8 sessions. You will be required to submit a short reflective account of your learning from the digital badge. The word length will be 500 words. You will be asked to reflect on your most significant learning from the programme using Rolfe's (2001) reflective model questions: what? so what? now what?