Reading Group – The PERMA Model: a theory of wellbeing (Jan. 20)

Where does wellbeing belong in higher education?

Postive Psychology – Seligman’s PERMA model of wellbeing

Thursday, January 20th 11.00-11.45, Collaborate Ultra.

In the next Digital Pedagogy Reading Group we’ll be discussing Seligman’s PERMA+ model. Join us to discuss how it relates to education, our student’s wellbeing, and our own.


Introduced in 1998, the PERMA+ Model is the first framework to focus explicitly on wellbeing and what makes life worth living. Its five components are used to evaluate the flourishing of “groups, communities, and organizations” (Seligman et. al. 2011). The five components are:

  1. Positive emotions
  2. Engagement
  3. Relationships
  4. Meaning
  5. Accomplishments

Read or watch

Read the short article Seligman’s PERMA+ Model Explained OR watch a 25 minute YouTube presentation by Dr. Martin Seligman.

Some questions to consider

Try picking one to prepare yourself for the discussion.

  • How does Seligman’s model compare with your own understanding of wellbeing and other pedagogical models you may be familiar with, for example,
  • Is wellbeing already part of your curriculum design or how you deliver sessions? What are some specific ways you already support your own and your students’ wellbeing?
  • What aspects of teaching and learning in HE make it difficult to prioritise wellbeing?
  • In what ways is wellbeing particularly challenging to achieve in digital learning environments? What recommendations would you make to a colleague to help them address these challenges?

Optional reading

Read the full paper that inspired this session or download it to read later.

Oades, L., Robinson, P., Green, S. and Spence, G., 2011. Towards a positive university. The Journal of Positive Psychology, 6(6), pp.432-439.

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