Remote Learning in Education: How to Maintain Student Engagement

Distance learning has been a growing trend over the last decade. With the outbreak Coronavirus pandemic, however, educators have had to choose distance learning as one of the major options to help learners stay connected and offer a more streamlined learning experience. This, in turn, has posed a serious challenge of keeping the learners engaged

If you or your institution is offering remote learning, particularly during the current pandemic, it’s possible that you are struggling to keep the learners engaged. But have no fear! This post explores some of the most effective ways of maintaining student engagement in remote learning.

Utilize Remote Learning Tools

Students need to access the university data while off-campus to make the most out of the remote learning experience. Therefore, there is a need for you as an educator to understand the available tools to make accessing their respective learning content easier. 

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Twitter launches ‘tip jar’ to let users send money to favourite accounts

Twitter has launched a new “tip jar” feature which will allow people to send money to others on the site.

To begin with, only a select group of people will be able to receive tips, including journalists, experts and content creators.

The social media giant says the feature is “an easy way to support the incredible voices that make up the conversation”.

The tip jar function will add a small icon next to a user’s profile with a drop-down menu for payment providers such as PayPal and Venmo.

However, the feature has come under fire for exposing personal information, such as email addresses.

Because the payment is made through external systems, some users have noticed that tipping a PayPal account … Read the rest

Google introduces new hybrid work model for employees.

After employees started voluntarily returning to company offices last month, since the pandemic, google decided to give them more flexibility with respect to where they choose to work from.

CEO, Pichai, implemented a rearranging of the offices to create more features, covering the ‘hybrid’ return to work structure.

In addition to the 3 days in office and 2 days from “wherever they work best”, announcement in December, Google has offered more opportunities for their employees to move around.

Employees will be allowed to apply to work from different office sites from mid-June and more information on this will be provided soon. At the same time employees will have the option to work away from their assigned offices for a 4-week temporary basis.

Teams will be formed with people from different sites and places and hence increase the options of more remote roles. Employees will also be allowed to apply for … Read the rest

Made in Britain: Online marketplace ‘Buy Britain’

Michael Oszmann, Founder of online marketplace Buy Britain, discusses the idea behind his business and how plans to help other small businesses from within the UK.

In March 2020, Michael Oszmann lost his contract with Shell due to the pandemic and oil price crash. This left him with a decision to try and seek more work during the crisis, or to try something different. He decided to try and turn the negative situation into a positive and start something of his own.

The ensuing economic chaos, caused by the lockdowns, made him think that setting up an online marketplace with exclusively British-made products was an idea that could help to make a difference. Here, he tells us all about his business:

Tell us all about your business?

Buy Britain is a marketplace to discover goods made by local UK businesses. The company began in July 2020 and was officially launched … Read the rest

PEKO Precision Products: A Trusted Contract Manufacturing Partner for Industry Leaders

The heart of successful contract manufacturing is building a team that takes the time to thoroughly understand the customers’ products. The team of Program Managers, Manufacturing Engineers, Planners, Quality Engineers and other manufacturing and engineering personnel should have good communication between all of them. These team members must be able to communicate the customer needs to manufacturing processes. They should be able to monitor cost, quality, and delivery with the flexibility to adjust for optimization. The team of PEKO Precision Products ties all three aspects of cost, quality, and delivery together efficiently for complete customer satisfaction and aligns with the company’s goals.

Scott Baxter is PEKO’s Marketing and Business Development Manager. Like most managers at PEKO, he holds a degree in engineering and applies it to his normal business roles. His mission is to ensure that the company is connecting with customers that are looking for contract manufacturing and … Read the rest

No full-time return to the office for over a million British workers

Almost all of 50 of the UK’s biggest employers have said they do not plan to bring staff back to the office full-time.

Some 43 of the firms said they would embrace a mix of home and office working, with staff encouraged to work from home two to three days a week.

Four firms said they were keeping the idea of hybrid working, working from home some of the time, under review.

Currently, people who can work from home are still advised to do so.

However, that is likely to change in June when the government hopes to end all social distancing restrictions.

“We’re never going to go back to working the way we used to work,” said Mark Read, chief executive of advertising firm WPP.

But the new ways of using the office require careful planning, he told Business Matters.

“People are working from home three to four days … Read the rest

Vollrath: Small Business-Style Service & Big Business-Level Expertise

Vollrath works with its customers to make the impossible possible when it comes to industrial product solutions. Customers have complex and challenging needs, and the company’s job is to deliver solutions that exceed expectations. The team of experts includes sales, project management, engineering and operations that work together to create a custom-fit, end-toend approach for each customer. Jean Horvath Vice President of Custom & Specialty Products Vollrath Manufacturing Services (VMS)

Vollrath Culture & Global Presence

In 1874 Jacob J. Vollrath founded the Sheboygan Cast Steel Co. in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. At the time, it produced railroad frogs, small cast parts for the furniture industry, cooking ranges and agricultural implements. In 1900, the focus switched to cooking utensils and enamel cookware, which was the beginning of Vollrath’s journey to becoming an industry leader in commercial foodservice.

Over the years, the company continued to grow and acquired other companies to expand its market … Read the rest

Odeon to reopen most cinemas on May 17 with new safety measures in place

Odeon has become the latest cinema chain to say it will reopen on 17 May following months of lockdown closures.

Following a similar announcement from Cineworld, Odeon said it would open most of its 120 UK sites with new safety measures in place.

The industry has been hit hard by Covid and Odeon’s owner AMC warned last month it was running out of cash.

“We’ve all missed the magic that the cinema brings to movie watching,” said Odeon managing director Carol Welch.

The chain – Britain’s largest – said it would be reopening the “vast majority” of its sites, including flagship cinemas at London’s Leicester Square, Manchester’s Trafford Centre and Birmingham’s Broadway Plaza.

The company hopes film fans will flock back to cinemas to see host of new 2021 film releases, including Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway, Fast & Furious 9, Marvel’s Black Widow and the long-awaited Bond film No … Read the rest

BFL Group: On the Path to Unprecedented Global Success

For any retailer, an enhanced shopping experience based on price and quality is a priority for customer retention and sustaining the brand value. These aspects are directly related to purchases, be it clothing or grocery, especially at physical stores.

This edition, UAE’s Best Retail Companies 2021, brings into spotlight, innovative retail companies that have ingrained their value propositions within the needs of their customers, seeking to become the most sought-after retail brands in the UAE.

One prominent name among such companies is the BFL (Brands for Less) Group, a leading off-price retailer of fashion, homeware, and toys. The group has expanded its business with more than 74 stores spread across six countries in the Middle East and Europe.

The goal is to prioritize customer satisfaction by integrating innovation at the very heart of what the company does, according to the BFL Group’s business model.

“Our retail model makes every … Read the rest

Return to normality is vital to save the industry says pub bosses

The chief executive of Greene King has warned the government that lifting all restrictions on pubs next month is “absolutely critical” to restoring the industry’s fortunes.

Nick Mackenzie said that the past year had been “incredibly challenging for the whole industry” and argued that if pubs were forced to maintain social distancing and coronavirus passports, the government would have to provide further support.

He said that trading in the 452 pubs that Greene King reopened for outdoor eating and drinking on April 12 had been “all right, better than we expected”. The company had opened another 100 since then, with the majority resuming on May 17 under restrictions.

However, while Mackenzie, 52, said that it was “great to see people back in the pub”, the key date was June 21, when the prime minister has promised the lifting of all restrictions. “Getting to that point is absolutely critical, so we … Read the rest