Wednesday, 21 December 2005
Contact Joan Morris for more information about PC Passport or join the online community.
Monday, 19 December 2005
If you are interested in this project please contact me on my usual email address firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday, 16 December 2005
The purpose of the meeting was to agree what needs to be done during the current financial year. We agreed a lot of tasks - but the key one is the creation of a development plan.
I intend to consult widely during this review - using this blog, the dedicated online community, occasional letters and some face-to-face meetings - the first one of which will take place in March next year when we can discuss the various options that Walter comes up with.
Don't forget to subscribe to the National Certificate online community if you want to keep up to date with developments.
Tuesday, 13 December 2005
The lucky winners are:
For more information on support materials available for the new library awards please visit www.ictl.org.uk
Friday, 2 December 2005
Today we launched the Diploma and Advanced Diploma: Applications of ICT in Libraries. The launch event [MP4] was held in the Menzies Hotel, Glasgow and was a great success.
These awards are joint partnership between the Scottish Library Information Council (SLIC) and SQA, funded by the Big Lottery. Around 50 people attended and the presentations were well received. For more information on the online learning/teaching materials available, please visit http://www.ictl.org.uk/
Thursday, 1 December 2005
Tuesday, 29 November 2005
QSTs are responsible for supporting and maintaining awards. A crucial part of the Team's remit is to ensure that there are adequate support materials for the awards. We had a lively discussion about the support materials needed for the E-Learning suite of awards.
The membership of the QST reflects its remit - mostly people involved in the delivery of the qualifications and includes representatives from FE, HE and the private sector.
Contact Caroline for more information about the E-Learning QST or subscribe to the public forum for this group of awards.
Monday, 28 November 2005
Monday, 21 November 2005
I gave a short presentation on the National Certificate review which is about to commence. This was the first time that details about this new development have been made public and I think that the audience were interested in our plans. Everyone agreed that a review of NC was overdue. I encouraged people to subscribe to the NC Computing online community.
Contact Gerry Dougan for more information on SFEU's subject network meetings. Contact Angela Lees for more information on the NC review. I'll write to centres in the near future to formally announce this important development.
Basic ICT Skills Int 1
Internet Safety Int 2
Social Software Int 2
Computer Games Int 1
Computer Games Int 2
Thursday, 17 November 2005
There was an Awarding Body Forum this morning in Glasgow and hosted by SQA. Caroline and I attended on behalf of SQA and there were also representatives from City & Guilds, EdExel and BCS. A wide range of issues were discussed including changes to the qualification frameworks and the Sector Qualification Strategy.
Contact Caroline for more information about SVQ or visit the public forum.
Tuesday, 15 November 2005
The e-group includes a wide range of useful resources for unit writers - such as the latest guide to unit writing [PDF] and information on core skills. The forum is not just for Computing teachers and lecturers - the resources are generic and can be used by anyone for any subject (and any level including NC and HN).
It's straight-forward to subscribe to the group. Simply send an e-mail or visit the group's home page.
Monday, 14 November 2005
Friday, 11 November 2005
A couple of members of Ron's team are presently writing National Units on computer games (titled Computer Games at SCQF levels 4 and 5). These units will be available to centres by January.
Please contact Angela for more information on this area.
Tuesday, 8 November 2005
You can register for future editions here.
Monday, 7 November 2005
The consultation ends 27 January 2006.
Friday, 4 November 2005
This afternoon's meeting looked at SQA's portfolio review, our new Corporate Business Plan, and the Executive's Curriculum for Excellence. We also discussed the team's responsibilities which were updated to include Webwise which has been assigned to Angela.
Quality Network (QN) meetings are normally the preserve of SVQs but a recent change meant that we can arrange QNs for any type of qualification. We agreed to arrange a QN to support HN Computing sometime in January/February next year. Caroline is taking this forward.
The team found the session extremely interesting and informative and are now ready to start on the first stage of the writing process.
We hope to have the packs available to centres by mid March 2006.
Thursday, 3 November 2005
Friday, 28 October 2005
Wednesday, 26 October 2005
Friday, 21 October 2005
A number of awarding bodies were involved and each invited a couple of External Verifiers to participate in the project. The purpose of these two days was to carry out training to ensure that the raters can go away from the meeting and consistently rate the SVQ units. We worked through several IT User units and before we left all of the units were assigned to EVs who are going to work in teams to rate and level the units.
Tuesday, 18 October 2005
Moderators were also given a chance to feedback any issues arising from recent visits. The workshop session proved invaluable with many useful ideas on how SQA can help support these awards in the future.
This picture shows the SVQ team (left to right): me, Derek, Bobby, John and Jack.
Monday, 17 October 2005
The document will be available from the SQA website and it's also available on the unit writing e-group [PDF]. This e-group was created to provide a forum for unit writers to exchange ideas and resolve problems relating to unit writing so prospective and practicing unit writers are encouraged to subscribe.
Friday, 7 October 2005
I gave a short presentation [PPT] on the background to the meeting. The rest of the morning was spent discussing the changes that people wanted. We agreed some short-term actions (such as developing assessment exemplars and carrying out a core skill audit) and some longer term actions (such as reviewing the qualifications frameworks). We're hoping to complete the short term changes by August 2006 and the long term changes by August 2007.
Contact Angela for more information and subscribe to the public e-group to keep up-to-date with developments.
Wednesday, 5 October 2005
The team wouldn't bother to post messages if no-one read them so thanks for taking the time to visit the blog.
Tuesday, 4 October 2005
We discussed a major update to the National Certificate provision, on-going HN developments (such as HNC/D IT), new HN developments (such as a review of HN Multimedia and the possibility of a new HND Computer Games Development award), additions to the E-Qualifications framework (an e-moderation qualification is a possibility), and some new Professional Development Awards (including one linked to Macromedia). We also discussed ways of promoting the new SVQs in Information Technology.
So, it looks like we'll be busy for another year.
Monday, 3 October 2005
Invitations went out to all centres approximately three weeks ago so hopefully by now many of you will have signed up to attend the event.
For those who have not yet booked your place, there is still time !
To register your attendance and find out more information either e-mail email@example.com or phone 0141 242 2294.
Friday, 30 September 2005
The meeting went well. Chris Morrow of E-Skills UK gave a presentation on recent research and also explained the Sector Skills Agreement. Bob McGonigle gave a presentation on SQA's work with vendors. I commenced the meeting with a short presentation on current developments such as the current review of the HNC/D IT and the planned reviews of National Certificate and HN Multimedia.
You can find out more about the Sector Panel from Caroline.
Thursday, 29 September 2005
The purpose of the event was to provide information on the Oracle Academy programme. About 60 teachers and lecturers attended either the morning or afternoon events. The highlight was the presentation from a group of pupils from Royal High School who are currently undertaking the Oracle programme.
More information about Oracle Academy from Jane Richardson.
Wednesday, 28 September 2005
Tuesday, 27 September 2005
Thursday, 22 September 2005
This year's SETT conference was held yesterday and today at the SECC in Glasgow. The event was called The Scottish Learning Festival 2005. The conference had its own blog.
I didn't manage to attend yesterday but went along today. The event was very busy. There were lots of visitors and exhibitors. SQA was promoting our full range of awards but particularly e-assessment, e-learning and PC Passport.
The photos (from top down) show: Angela explaining the features of PC Passport to a couple of interested teachers, Tony showing his relief that Celtic beat Falkirk last night, and Brendan giving a demo of the Understanding Standards website.
Monday, 19 September 2005
Friday, 16 September 2005
Thursday, 15 September 2005
Angela and I met with June McCamlie and George Johnson this afternoon to discuss how the HNC/D IT review was going. June is the lead developer for the project and George is the convenor of the Qualification Design Team.
It's a little behind schedule so instead of aiming to hold the validation in December, it's more likely to be end-January. Progress is being made, it's just that it's taken us longer than planned to write the new units.
Subscribe to the (public) e-group is you want to keep up-to-date with developments or contact Angela if you want to contact an individual.
Friday, 9 September 2005
Tuesday, 6 September 2005
The unit would be available stand-alone but will probably feature within one of the existing E-Qualification awards too. I'm hoping to have it available by the end of next month.
More information from Caroline.
Monday, 5 September 2005
Friday, 2 September 2005
Wednesday, 31 August 2005
We're looking for unit writers/vetters, assessment writers/vetters, teaching material writers and other roles. I asked anyone who may be interested in helping to contact Angela. The work is interesting -- and paid.
Tuesday, 30 August 2005
Monday, 29 August 2005
Thursday, 25 August 2005
Wednesday, 24 August 2005
We also discussed the possibility of devising one or two National Units in this area - specifically units (probably called Computer Games) at Intermediate 1 (SCQF 4) and Intermediate 2 (SCQF 5). These new units would be part of the on-going modernisation of National Certificate provision.
You can get more information about the HNC award from Angela Lees.
Tuesday, 16 August 2005
The event takes place on Friday 9 September in Glasgow and provides an opportunity for SQA and staff from centres to discuss the unique features of this new award such as its strong links with vendor certification.
You can register online by clicking on this button:
Sunday, 14 August 2005
Thursday, 11 August 2005
Tuesday, 9 August 2005
The purpose of the SOLAR project is to develop a large number of online assessments for a range of HN subjects - including Computing. In fact, the project will produce 160 complete assessments for units within HNC/D Computing. These assessments should be available to centres from early next year.
We agreed to extend the project to include Multimedia and Computer Games (and possibly Networking) so some assessments within these subjects will be covered too.
Friday, 5 August 2005
Wednesday, 3 August 2005
We are currently developing a number of new units in this area and a review of the whole NC portfolio will take place later this year so it seemed a good idea to create a dedicated forum.
You can subscribe by visiting the home page or sending an e-mail.
Tuesday, 2 August 2005
A wide range of Computing awards can be used -- but PC Passport (at Intermediate 1/2 levels) is particularly suitable. The low cost of PC Passport should mean that centres can effectively offer this qualification for £10 (the minimum charge) - which will make it hugely attractive to prospective students.
Centres should expect a big increase in interest when they are enrolling.
Friday, 15 July 2005
G7WM 15 Certificate in Computer Support (ComptTIA A+, Network+ and Server+)
G7W4 15 Certificate in Desktop Support (Microsoft Certified Desktop Support Technician)
G7W5 17 Advanced Cert. in Systems Administration (Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator)
G7WP 18 Advanced Diploma in Network Technology (CISCO Certified Network Associate)
G7W6 18 Advanced Diploma in Systems Engineering (Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer)
G7WN 17 Advanced Cert. in Database Programming (Oracle Certified Associate)
Please get in touch with myself should you require a copy of the framework for any of these awards. The Unit Specifications are available for download via the SQA website.
Thursday, 14 July 2005
Thanks very much to the 534 people who took the time to complete the survey (which is probably the biggest response we've ever had to a survey). We're currently deciding what we should do in response to the findings.
Friday, 8 July 2005
Thursday, 7 July 2005
The Internet safety unit is called Safe & Legal Use of the Internet and will be of interest to a wide range of people, ranging from school pupils to teachers who want to know more about this important aspect of online activity. There is a draft version available and I'm looking for feedback (please post a comment on this blog).
The other new unit is called Social Software and deals with the emerging area of group/community software. There is a unit outline available and, again, I'm looking for feedback (via this blog).
Blogging, social software and Internet safety may be particularly attractive to female students who appear to be losing interest in the more traditional aspects of computing/IT.
Contact Angela for more information about these developments.
Monday, 4 July 2005
More information is available from Angela.
Friday, 1 July 2005
I'm not sure about dates yet but I expect the assessments to be available for September and the teaching material to be available around October.
We're taking an unusual approach to the development of learning material. In the spirit of the new Social Software unit that we're working on, we're planning on producing the material collaboratively using a wiki. We'll use WikiBooks to develop and distribute it. So we're hoping that lots of people will contribute (but SQA will pay someone to develop most of the material). More information will follow.
Thursday, 30 June 2005
Wednesday, 22 June 2005
We validated three more Professional Development Awards today. Last month we validated three PDAs linked to Microsoft certification. Today's awards are linked to different vendors:
- Certificate in Computer Concepts (linked to CompTIA)
- Advanced Certificate in Database Programming (linked to Oracle)
- Advanced Diploma in Network Technology (linked to Cisco).
The validation went well. The Validation Panel (led by Sarah Lennox of CompTIA) placed two conditions and two recommendations on the proposals. We're hoping to have the awards validated by the beginning of July.
More information from Caroline.
Monday, 20 June 2005
The meeting was interested in Stow College's recent award. But I couldn't offer many specific units relating to computer games (at NC or HN level). So it was agreed to take this forward with a view to creating specific interactive units at National and Higher National levels. This development has the support of SkillSet which has standards relating to interactive media.
It will also link with the updating of the National Certificate portfolio which is about to be revised to include more up-to-date provision.
Sunday, 19 June 2005
Walter Patterson retired last week. I attended Walter's retirement celebration on Friday evening. It was held in the Glasgow Metropolitan College.
Walter has been an HMI for nearly 20 years and during that time he has been instrumental in shaping Computing/IT education within Scotland. His knowledge, experience and unique character will be sorely missed.
I've served on numerous committees with him - many of which were difficult meetings but Walter always handled them well. I remember one in particular when Walter was trying to introduce the Internet only to be angrily told that "The Internet's a fad! It won't be here next year!". Walter, thankfully, persevered.
I've known Walter for more than 10 years but I didn't know that he was a comedian - but he held the floor for the last 30 minutes of the evening and his talk was hilarious.
Thursday, 16 June 2005
Which is a little surprising since the basic blog format (a chronological journal) seems a good way to record the developments that take place when creating a new qualification.
I guess we'll have to reflect on the HND Computing blog and try to figure out why it didn't work and how we can improve the next one.
Monday, 13 June 2005
Sunday, 12 June 2005
Friday, 10 June 2005
It's an interesting and straight-forward unit that should appeal to students. The resource requirements are low; students simply require access to the Internet and can use a free blogging service such as Blogger. The unit can be used as part of a National Certificate programme within colleges or free-standing within schools.
Although the unit is finalised, is it not available to centres until 2 August.
Monday, 6 June 2005
Saturday, 4 June 2005
The Computing Moderators' responsible for HNs and SVQs met today to discuss developments in these areas. The meeting was led by Deryck Nutley. The focus of this full day meeting was SVQs. Jack Robertson and Jack Coleman provides training on the new IT User and IT Professional SVQs. Also in attendance was Caroline Douglas who is the SQA Officer responsible for these awards.
Friday, 3 June 2005
After serving on the Qualification Design Team during the HND Computing validation event, it was a pleasure being on the other side of the table today! The photo below shows the QDT for this award, led by David Hughes.
The validation event went very smoothly -- mainly due to the high quality of the documentation which was created by Mike Docherty (seen speaking here).
Although the award was not validated until certain conditions were met, the conditions were minor and the team hope to have the award validated by the end of this month.
Thursday, 2 June 2005
The HNC/D IT award is developing at pace and there was a training event for unit writers today at the Menzies Hotel in Glasgow. Me, June McCamlie and Angela Orr provides guidance to the prospective unit writers. I also encouraged them to subscribe to the (public) unit writers forum.
I was keen to get this training done before the summer holiday since I am hoping that most of the writing will get done during the holiday so that we have well developed units available by the autumn, when I will post them on the public forum for feedback.
Angela Orr is the SQA officer with specific responsibility for this award.
Tuesday, 31 May 2005
This development has been led by Rhona Arthur of SLIC. The funding was provided by the Big Lottery Fund. Cleo Jones (Edinburgh Council) chaired the Validation Panel.
The validation event went well. The Panel felt that the level of the awards should be increased and it was agreed to re-title the awards: Diploma in Applications of ICT in Libraries and Advanced Diploma in Applications of ICT in Libraries. Although a number of conditions were placed on the proposals, we're confident that the awards can be approved by the end of June.
Angela Orr is the SQA contact for these awards.
Monday, 30 May 2005
I'm currently working on an update letter that will be sent to centres in the near future. This letter will contain information about a launch event (for HND Computing) that will take place in August or September.
Thursday, 26 May 2005
Central moderation takes place today and tomorrow. This involves the HN moderation team reviewing exam papers and student scripts [ASF]. Each centre is required to submit a sample of scripts which the moderators go over to check that standards are consistent from centre to centre.
This year's event takes place in the Marriott Hotel (Glasgow). The moderators enjoy the opportunity to discuss standards; a face-to-face meeting means that they have the opportunity to debate problems that arise as they review scripts.
Monday, 23 May 2005
You can subscribe to the group by visiting the home page or sending an e-mail.
Wednesday, 18 May 2005
This is great news. The HND development has taken a couple of years and this is the culmination of a greal deal of work by the Qualification Design Team, led by Mike Jannetta. I'll arrange for the Arrangements documentation to be uploaded to the HN e-group and also the SQA website so look out for this. I'll also write to centres to formally announce the validation of the new awards. But you can contact Angela Lees if you need a copy of the Arrangements immediately.
We held a validation event for three vendor-related PDAs today. The awards are linked to Microsoft certification:
- Certificate in Desktop Support (linked to MCDST)
- Advanced Certificate in Network Administration (linked to MCSA)
- Advanced Diploma in Networking Technology (linked to and MCSE)
The event went well. Although the Panel imposed conditions, there was nothing that the Qualification Design Team can't action quickly. We're hoping to have the awards available to centres by the end of June.
Tuesday, 17 May 2005
The E-Skills Sector Skills Council held an information seminar in Glasgow this morning to answer questions about the new SVQs in Information Technology. There was a good turn-out at The Corinthians in the city centre.
Chris Morrow described some of the resources available to support the new awards - including a new website to support the new Standards.
Both myself and a representative from Scottish Enterprise answered questions relating to the new qualifications.
Monday, 16 May 2005
The Qualification Development Team responsible for creating a new national framework for HNC/D Information Technology met today at the Stirling Management Centre. The purpose of the meeting was to determine the core skills that the new awards should include and also to make a first attempt at a qualification framework. The Team is led by George Johnson of Reid Kerr College; June McCamlie is the lead developer; and Angela Orr is the Qualification Officer responsible for this project. We're hoping to have the new awards validated by December and available to centres from January 2006 so there's a lot of work to be done between now and then.
Friday, 13 May 2005
The blog was also intended to reduce the clutter in your inbox. Instead of "pushing" information to you via your e-mail program (as mailing lists do), a blog "pulls" information by (hopefully) attracting you to a website where you can find information at a time that suits you.
I'm hoping that during the coming year more people will contribute to the blog - that includes SQA staff (who can post new messages) and readers (who can comment on existing posts). We really would like to hear from you via the comment facility.
We're grateful to you for taking the time to visit the blog. Don't forget to bookmark it and come back regularly!
Thursday, 12 May 2005
Monday, 9 May 2005
Angela has specific responsibilities - the main one being Higher National awards. So she's the person that you would contact for matters relating to HNC/D Computing for example. She's also involved with the review of HNC/D Information Technology.
I've updated the team's organisation chart to show who-does-what.
Tuesday, 3 May 2005
I'm meeting with my team today to discuss the arrangements for next week.
Monday, 25 April 2005
Wednesday, 20 April 2005
Monday, 18 April 2005
Friday, 15 April 2005
Jane has recruited 14 new Scottish teachers to the Oracle Academy programme. The teachers come from various Scottish schools and colleges. They head to California for training this summer. The training takes place in July at UCLA and lasts for eight days (including a free weekend she pointed out!).
We're hoping to jointly develop a hybrid Higher - a single curriculum that covers the Higher Information Systems syllabus as well as the Oracle Academy programme. This sounds like an exciting development which we hope will be available to centres from August 2006.
Thursday, 14 April 2005
I met with Bob this morning to discuss his new role. The BDM role is pretty varied but, as Bob put it, "I'm here to help". More specifically, he's here to develop relationships with SQA's customers, help to resolve problems, and promote SQA's awards within the UK and internationally. Pity he can't also check unit specifications and proof-read assessment exemplars. :-)
Monday, 11 April 2005
Angela is due to begin on Monday 9 May.
Monday, 4 April 2005
- Certificate in Computing Concepts (ComptTIA A+, Network+ and Server+)
- Certificate in Desktop Support (Microsoft Certified Desktop Support)
- Advanced Cert. in Systems Administration (MS Certified Systems Administrator)
- Advanced Cert. in Network Administration (CISCO Certified Network Administrator)
- Diploma in Systems Engineering (MS Certified Systems Engineer).
We're also planning on producing a database qualification linked to Oracle.
The qualifications will consist of units selected from the HNC/D Computer Networking and HNC/D Computing frameworks. I'm hoping to have them available to centres from August. More information from Caroline.
Friday, 1 April 2005
Ted Hastings is leading a team of writers to develop two Professional Development Awards: Certificate in Applications of ICT in Libraries and Advanced Certificate in Applications of ICT in Libraries. The first award is SCQF level 7 and the second one is a mix of level 7 and level 8.
The qualifications are designed for practising librarians - either to certificate their existing skills or to form the basis of a training programme for new starts.
They are due to be validated on 31 May and available to centres in the autumn.
Wednesday, 30 March 2005
The unit relating to social software is particularly interesting since this is a new and exciting field. We think that it will be the first national qualification in the world relating to this emerging area of activity.
Tuesday, 22 March 2005
The Sector Panel's remit is to support the Qualifications Manager (that's me) and advise SQA about potential developments that we should consider. Members have been selected from colleges (such as Stow College and Cumbernauld College), industry (such as Microsoft and Oracle), training centres, and special interest groups (such as the Scottish Executive).
Since this was the first meeting, most of the time was spent explaining the role of the Panel and introducing the members. But a number of key developers (such as Mike Janetta and Jack Robertson) came along to explain recent changes to Computing provision [WMV].
It was a good meeting. The Panel meets twice per year and the next meeting is scheduled for September.
Monday, 21 March 2005
Sunday, 20 March 2005
A small group of writers spent yesterday and today at the Stirling Highland Hotel writing assessment exemplars for the new suite of E-Qualifications awards. It was a very productive weekend with most of the work complete by the time the team went home on Sunday afternoon.
Friday, 18 March 2005
Joe Wilson introduced the awards and both John Gordon and Jim Everett who were part of the Qualification Design Team spoke about each of the 5 PDA awards listed below.
- Certificate in Online Learning
- Diploma in E-Learning: Production
- Diploma in E-Learning: Delivery
- Diploma in E-Assessment
- Advanced Diploma in E-Learning
Graeme Clark also came along to the event to discuss briefly the current developments within E-Assessment/SOLAR project.
Friday, 4 March 2005
London looked more like Moscow when I woke this morning. It was freezing. This photo was taken from my hotel room.
The second day of the Conference included a keynote address from Mary Cook of QCA, speaking about Regulation & E-Assessment. Other speakers included Sarah Knight of JISC and Sue Walton of QCA who provided an update on the use of e-assessment within Key Stage 3 ICT.
Thursday, 3 March 2005
The E-Assessment Conference was held in London today (and continues tomorrow). This is the third year of the event and the turn-out was much higher than previous years (more than 200 people compared to less than 100 two years ago). There were representatives from most UK awarding bodies as well as representatives from many colleges (including Glenrothes College in Scotland).
The photo shows Martin Ripley of QCA giving the keynote speech. Martin outlined QCA's ambition plans for e-assessment in England and Wales. The day consisted of a number of presentations and seminars. Presentations included E-Assessment in Vocational Education (Pat Craven of OCR) and The Power of the E-Portfolio (Mike Dawe of City & Guilds).
I gave a short presentation on E-Qualifications which was well received and generated a lot of interest. Not surprisingly, the e-assessment award (the Diploma in E-Assessment) was of particular interest.
Wednesday, 2 March 2005
The SVQ launch event was held at the Glasgow Science Centre today. Almost 100 people attended the events (one was held in the morning and one in the afternoon).
Chris Morrow of E-Skills explained the differences between the new awards and the old, and emphasised the flexibility of the new qualifications. Dougie Somner of Scottish Enterprise expressed his support for this initiative.
I described SQA's support to SVQ centres and urged everyone to subscribe to the SVQ online community.
All of the the presentations are available from Tamsin Rae (Powerpoint format).
Tuesday, 1 March 2005
Pictured from left to right are: Caroline Douglas (Qualifications Officer), Tamsin Rae (Administrator), Jim Everett (Diploma in E-Learning: Delivery) and John Gordon (lead consultant).
Monday, 28 February 2005
- locate and review blogs
- create a blog
- create a newsfeed to track blogs.
Friday, 25 February 2005
Wednesday, 23 February 2005
The Computing & Call Handling group has representation from E-Skills UK, Microsoft, CompTIA, Cisco, Oracle as well as representatives from Scottish colleges and training providers, and the Scottish Executive. So it's shaping-up to be a good Panel.
The first meeting will take place on Tuesday, 22 March.
Monday, 21 February 2005
The SVQ launch event takes place next week and I met with a couple of the speakers to discuss arrangements. Jack Robertson (left, front) will talk about the IT User awards and Jack Coleman (left, rear) will speak on IT Practitioner/Professional awards.
Caroline Douglas (right, front) is over-seeing the organisation of the event and Tamsin Rae (right, rear) is the official SQA coffee-pourer (Tasmin is actually providing admin support for the event).
You can still register for the morning or the afternoon event or contact Tamsin if you want to find out more about it.
Thursday, 17 February 2005
The first Awarding Body Forum of the year was held today, at the BCS headquarters in central London.
These meetings are organised by E-Skills and most awarding bodies attend. They provides opportunities for E-Skills to update the ABs on what's happening with National Occupational Standards and also give the ABs an opportunity to raise issues with E-Skills.
All of the ABs are in the throes of launching the new S/NVQs in Information Technology and this raised lots of issues.
Monday, 14 February 2005
Monday, 24 January 2005
Thursday, 20 January 2005
The main purpose of the project is to produce two modules at Masters degree level (SCQF level 11). My interest is to ensure that this new curriculum fits in with E-Qualifications. I'm hoping that the new modules build on the Advanced Diploma in E-Learning and provide an opportunity for students to progress directly from the Advanced Dip. to a Masters degree.
Wednesday, 19 January 2005
NetSkills training material covers a wide range of topics - including e-learning - and is used by a large number of Scottish colleges. So it makes sense to recognise this training and accredit it where it contributes to an SQA qualification... and we're hoping that the material covers a part of the E-Qualification suite.
The first stage is to map NetSkills courses onto the E-Qualifications framework and then take it from there. Watch this space.
Tuesday, 18 January 2005
I went to Dundee today to look at developments within the computer games industry within Scotland. I visited Abertay University and the offices of Visual Science, a successful games company located in the Technology Park.
The purpose of the visit was to try to identify how SQA could support the efforts of the Scottish games industry. It gave us lots of ideas. Hopefully something concrete will come of it.
I'm grateful to Alasdair Smith of SkillSet for arranging the visit.
Monday, 17 January 2005
It's an exciting position. It will give you a tremendous insight into national standards. And, given the number of developments in Computing/IT, I can promise that there will never be a dull moment!
Tuesday, 11 January 2005
It's early days but at this stage the goal is to produce an Advanced Diploma (maybe called Advanced Diploma in ICT for Librarians). Ted Hastings will lead the Qualification Design Team.
This is an exciting project for SQA. The award would be UK-wide (potentially 22,000 candidates across the UK) and the level of the award is likely to be high (SCQF 8-10).
Monday, 10 January 2005
June will assist with a variety of tasks - but especially the HND Computing review.
Thursday, 6 January 2005
Please note that the letter includes details about a forthcoming launch event which will take place on 18 March at the Stirling Highland Hotel. We are currently accepting online registrations for this event.
Wednesday, 5 January 2005
The main tasks facing the team include:
- validating the revised HND Computing
- producing support materials for the new HND Computing
- producing support materials for the Multimedia awards
- helping centres to introduce the new Computing, Multimedia and Networking qualifications
- promoting and supporting the new SVQs for IT Users
- launching the new SVQs for IT Practitioners
- launching the new E-Qualifications suite of awards
- producing support materials for the E-Qualifications suite of awards.
The team itself is changing. Shirley has recently been seconded to a new post. Caroline takes over from her. Another Officer (in addition to Caroline) will join the team in the next few months. And a new administrator will complete the changes.