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Keep a pulse on your student’s mental well-being with Orah's Forms

Paul Organ

September 21, 2020

Schools and colleges have an important part to play in supporting student mental health and wellbeing, and over the past few years, there has been an increasing need to track, monitor and identify opportunities to support their growth and development.

For too long - schools, families and communities have suffered fatal tragedies due to not recognising struggles with mental well-being that peers and loved ones can face in developing years. 

With a moral duty to student care and overall well-being, schools today are facing increasing pressure to monitor behaviour and wellness with a higher level of detail and accuracy.

The problem holding schools back

It can be very difficult to know and understand hundreds (if not thousands) of students at a personal level. 

This makes it hard for schools to understand the behavioural patterns for each member of the community and therefore incredibly difficult to notice when someone might be acting out of character or suffering from mental health issues.

Without having the time or ability to coordinate hundreds of 1on1 meetings each week - it’s hard for schools to know how to get the same level as an oversight.

How to use Forms to increasing your understanding of every student

Orah's latest innovation - Forms - is rapidly taking off, especially during this COVID 19 pandemic - and many schools are asking how to adapt and use it for routine check-ins with their students.

To get on top of this, we are helping schools utilise our Forms functionality to make a start towards a proactive approach to mental well-being and care. 

Here’s an example of a form that a school might set up for students to complete each morning: 

This information in isolation has minimal use, however, it’s the insights and trends you gain from collecting this data over time which can help you with forming a holistic picture for the well-being and progress of your students. 

Above: Concepts for student data visualisation based on information collected through multiple sources

Boardingware has designed Forms to enable a simple process and a completely private one for your students to self-report on their mental health and wellbeing. Once this becomes habitual, you’ll start to glean insights that weren’t possible prior to using Boardingware.

Automate Schedules and Reminders

Often schools struggle with getting students to fill things out on time, or even at all. To help ensure that data is gathered on a consistent basis, you can edit the form settings to automatically trigger the form to go out on a set schedule.

Set reminders and automate schedules

Here, I have mine set up to go out every Tuesday and Friday night at 7pm after the kids have had their dinner.

It’s tempting to think that this all falls down if the kids don’t fill it in, so we have made it easy to set up reminders for the kids to fill in the forms.

Here I’ve set up 6 reminders to go out in order to improve the chances of getting my students to fill in the forms. This improves the data being collected and it only requires 10 minutes a week of students time.

With our new dashboards and reporting functionality you will be able to get detailed analytics on all of this information at a macro level so you can keep a pulse on the overall well-being for your students and use data to provide better aid in decision making.

Getting Started

Everyone that has access to any of the Boardingware products has pre-existing access to Forms, so if you’d like to get set up with forms for student well-being tracking simply let your Customer Success Manager know and they will help to set you up. 

If you’d like to give it a go yourself, you can use this help article to get started in your own time.

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Paul Organ

I live in Auckland, New Zealand. I enjoy exercise, sauna's and cold plunges, video games and design. Prior to Orah (10 years ago now!) I was a University Student studying my Masters of Architecture. There are two important things that keep me enthused at work - Using creativity to solve complex problems and working with good people.

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