Digital Wellbeing - Spring Break
Digital Wellbeing - Spring Break
Our staff and students are looking forward to a well-earned Easter break, hopping offline tomorrow (2 April 2021) and returning on Monday 19 April 2021.
Obviously, this means that the majority of teaching staff will not be accessing their emails and Microsoft Teams during their holiday.
A college holiday is an ideal time to consider doing a 'digital detox' to unwind from the stresses of day-to-day online activities. Here is a great article that explains how and why to do this.
We encourage everyone who is able to take a break from college work to do so, however, if this is not possible for you then it's useful to remind you that our Support Teams are still working.
If you need assistance you can email:
The Learning Resource Centre - firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com / firstname.lastname@example.org
Student Services - email@example.com
Inclusive Learning - firstname.lastname@example.org
ICT - email@example.com
Student Funding - firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com / firstname.lastname@example.org
If you need any other support over this two-week break, then here is who you can contact externally to the College.
Enjoy your time off!
Students and staff at Ayrshire College have now been studying and working from home for over a year!
During that time, a lot of lessons have been learned about how best to manage your time, communicate with others, and ultimately take care of your digital wellbeing. What is that? Well, digital wellbeing is all about the impact that technologies and digital services have on people's mental, physical, social, and emotional health.
That's where the Digital Wellbeing team at Ayrshire College comes in. The Digital Wellbeing team is a group of curriculum and support staff members whose main goal is to look after student and staff digital wellbeing.
We aim to give you digital tips, tricks, and techniques that will make everyone's time online much more enjoyable. If you incorporate some of these 'little wins', we're sure you'll feel the benefit.
Do you have a digital problem that's not tied to one of our recommendations? Or do you have a recommendation of your own? Get in touch with the Digital Wellbeing team through this form and we will discuss your contribution at our weekly meeting. We'll get back to you with a solution or decide whether to put forward your recommendation as this Digital Wellbeing information page evolves.
- Keep calm and camera on. We encourage our students to turn their cameras on whenever they are in an online class. Turning your camera on will give everyone a much richer college experience, help you communicate and connect with classmates better, and get a bit more interactivity back into lessons.
- Wait. Contemplate. Communicate. With everyone now online, our inboxes are filling up at a much faster rate. So to best ensure your email will be responded to promptly and correctly, take the time to consider whether your message is clear and directed to the right person. Wait and ask yourself: do I have all the information gathered that the person will need? Do I really need to include any other people in the email? Is this something that actually needs to be sent? If the answer is yes, then go ahead!
- Use the right communication method. And if you do need to contact someone online, make sure you're correctly approaching them. If you have a Microsoft Teams page set up for the subject matter you're messaging about, then it would make more sense to post there than sending an email, for example. Or if your query is a quick, minor one and you see the person is online and available - maybe using the chat function would work best. Everything does not need to be an email.
- Check whether someone is available or busy. How do you check if someone is available? On Microsoft Teams you can see an icon next to the person's photo or initials. If the green tick is there, they are online and available. If it's completely red: they're in a meeting, red with a white line: do not disturb, the yellow clock indicates away (or be right back), and if it's white they are offline. If you're unsure just hover over the icon and it'll quickly let you know!
- Out of hours on email. The college's main operating hours are 8am-5pm. That doesn't mean you can't get in touch with staff outwith these hours, but obviously, you shouldn't expect a reply until they are working. Some people might work different hours, or even schedule some time in the evening to go through and respond to emails, but there is no expectation from the college that anyone goes over and above their usual hours. Staff might want to include a note of their working hours in your email signature or have an out-of-office message ready that they switch on whenever they're finished for. the day.