Not a four day week


I was working from home for a lot of the week. I had originally intended to attend Wonkfest, but some technicalities meant that I had to glance in remotely and I didn’t manage to book a spot at the event.
In London at the Office for Students a week following my meeting I was interested to observe that the press release from them.

An Insight brief, Mental health has been published by the Office for Students, Now: are all students being supported? Our Insight briefs provide a summary of current developments and issues in education, drawing on the data and knowledge available to us as the regulator for both schools and universities in England. Students consistently among the top concerns raise mental wellness and the OfS play a significant part in identifying systemic gaps in guidance or pupil support. Alongside the Insight brief, we have published an analysis of participation and accessibility data for students with mental health conditions that were declared.
With the development in students reporting mental health problems, there is a challenge in supporting these students. We know that service-service staff are visiting a lot health emergencies compared to a few years ago. There is also the requirement to take into account the well being of students overall and ensuring that those students that are at risk, are supported earlier, although more funds for support services is obviously one solution. Does the structure of higher education classes contribute to well being or impact?

I have discussed with colleagues the four week’s concept, enabling employees to take advantage of the efficiencies that technology can bring about productivity. Interestingly in Japan, Microsoft discovered that productivity jumped 40% following a four-day week experiment.
Another thing that Microsoft Japan does is limit meeting to 30 minutes. Do you try to keep them brief or have long meetings?
I engaged in a meeting with Microsoft talking about the instructional use of Teams following the event last week. It has a bit of the functionality you would look for in a VLE though not really a VLE, even Microsoft is eager to point out that it isn’t a VLE. The ability to plug in services and different tools can make Teams an electronic ecosystem’s core.
Picture by HeikoAL from PixabayAlexa and other voice assistants can be helpful (in addition to annoying), but did you know you can silently issue’voice orders’ using a laser?

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On Thursday I was going to be moving to a meeting at our Bristol office, alas the person I was going to meet was canceled and ill. I thought about going to the workplace I had a desk booked, but it was raining, so chose to work from home.
I ended off the schedule for my TEL Group meeting that’s happening in December. This group consists of a mix of people such as PVCs Teaching and Learning, in addition to TEL people, students, and some employees that are Jisc as well.


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