Not a four day week


I worked from home for a lot of the week. I had intended to attend Wonkfest, but a few technicalities meant I had to peek in remotely and I did not manage to reserve a spot at the event.
Following my meeting a week in London at the Office for Students I was interested to see the press release from them.
The Office for Students has printed a brief, Emotional health: are students being supported? Our Insight briefs provide an overview of developments and current issues in education, drawing on the data, knowledge, and understanding available to us as the regulator for colleges and universities in England. Students always among the top issues raise mental health and the OfS play a significant part in identifying gaps in advice or student support. Alongside the Insight brief, we have printed an analysis of participation and accessibility data for students with declared psychological health conditions.

There is a challenge in supporting these pupils, with the development in pupils reporting mental health issues. We are aware that many health emergencies are being seen by lots of support service staff when compared with a few decades ago. More funds for support services is of course one alternative, but there is the need to consider the wellbeing of pupils and ensuring that are supported sooner. Does the structure of higher education classes contribute to wellbeing or negatively affect?
Picture by StartupStockPhotos from PixabayI have spoke with colleagues the four week’s idea, enabling workers to take advantage of the efficiencies that technology may bring to productivity. Interestingly in Japan, Microsoft discovered that expansion jumped 40% following a four-day week experimentation.

Another thing that Microsoft Japan does be restricted meeting to 30 minutes just. Do you have meetings or do you try to keep them short?
Speaking of Microsoft, I engaged in a meeting with Microsoft talking about the instructional use of Teams following the event last week. There are a few intriguing new features coming to Teams, which were announced at the Microsoft Ignite Conference including reservations and private channels. It has quite a bit, though not a VLE, even Microsoft is keen to point out it isn’t a VLE. The ability to plug in services and tools, can create Teams a digital ecosystem’s core.
Picture by HeikoAL from PixabayAlexa and other voice supporters can be helpful (in addition to annoying), but did you know you may silently issue’voice commands’ using a laser?
Lasers can silently issue ‘voice commands’ to your smart speakers

On Thursday I was going to be moving to a meeting at our Bristol office, alas the person I was going to meet was ill and canceled. It was raining, so decided to work from home, although I thought about still going to the workplace I had a desk booked.
I finished off the agenda for my TEL Group assembly that’s happening in December. This group is made up of a mix of folks including PVCs Teaching and Learning, in addition to TEL people, pupils, and a staff that are Jisc.

I posted a post on the Twitter to the blog.
So is your Twitter currently taking over your lifetime?

Picture by Julia Phillips out of PixabayFriday I was off to Cardiff on their financing of Jisc for a meeting with the Welsh Government. Throughout the last couple of months I have had similar meetings with funders in England and Scotland.


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