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You are reading: NCSEHE webinar — Five meaningful minutes: Small changes to support psychological needs, wellbeing and motivation online in 2020

On Thursday 7 May, the NCSEHE hosted a webinar presented by Associate Professor Lydia Woodyatt, award winning lecturer at Flinders University.


Students’ experience of wellbeing and distress is interconnected with their learning and motivation. However, addressing wellbeing within curriculum can seem challenging in an online (or constantly changing) environment, or when we feel we don’t have time ourselves to explore the options, or we feel that we lack the expertise.

In this session, Lydia explored what we can do with five meaningful minutes online to support wellbeing based on the psychological needs of students. Lydia explained how small five-minute changes in teaching practice can sometimes make big impacts on student learning, wellbeing, and motivation.

Webinar recording

Presentation slides

Presentation slides can now be downloaded here

About the presenter

Associate Professor Lydia Woodyatt researches at the intersection of social, clinical, and organisational psychology. She uses psychological science to increase engagement and motivation, positive relationships, and to help people work through difficult emotions following failure and transgressions. Lydia is an award-winning lecturer at Flinders University, with a focus on curriculum-based approaches to support transition into and out of university. She leads Flinders University’s Retention and Success strategy, sits on multiple advisory groups concerning wellbeing in Higher Education, and is the co-creator of the highly successful online course The Psychology of Surviving and Thriving which develops wellbeing and self-management skills.


We would like to thank the Australian Disability Clearinghouse on Education and Training (ADCET) for their ongoing administrative support of the NCSEHE webinar series.