Wednesday, 25 January 2006
I gave a couple of presentations [PPT] on our e-learning suite of awards since we hoped that some of the people attending might be interested in undertaking these qualifications - especially the Diploma in E-Assessment. Our workshops went well and it was an interesting day.
Contact Caroline for more information on these qualifications.
Saturday, 21 January 2006
Caroline has put together a team of writers, vetters and moderators to produce the additional questions. We're aiming to write 250 items. These will be sent to colleges (to use as you please) later this year (probably June).
Mike Janetta (Lauder College) and Graeme Clarke (Adam Smith College) provided the training on writing multiple choice questions. I think everyone enjoyed the day.
More information from Caroline.
Friday, 20 January 2006
The panel members gave the proposed arrangements a thorough scrutiny. The HNC proposals were broadly accepted but we've a bit of work to do on the HND. So we're going to finalise the HNC as soon as possible and take our time with the HND. We did something similar with Computing when we separated the HNC from the HND.
This means that the HNC award will be available to centres in a couple of months and the HND later this year. Contact Angela for the latest information on this development. And don't forget to join the Smartgroup is you want to keep up to date with developments.
Wednesday, 18 January 2006
Jane Richardson of Oracle gave a presentation [PPT] which described the Oracle Academy programme and my presentation [PPT] explained how SQA has supported the programme and described the links between SQA qualifications and Oracle awards.
The highlight of the day was the presentations from school pupils and college students who have undertaken the programme - and clearly enjoyed the experience.
So far, 13 Scottish schools and colleges have participated. There are places available on next year's programme. More information from Jane.
Tuesday, 17 January 2006
Angela recently asked for volunteers to take forward some changes to the HN Multimedia awards. Mark McPhee of Adam Smith College was selected.
Angela and I met with Mark today to discuss what we would like him to do. Mark will focus on checking for core skills and finding out what support materials are available.
Longer term, we will be looking at the structure and contents of the awards but we're hoping to complete these "quick fixes" before the summer.
Contact Mark for more information.
Monday, 16 January 2006
Friday, 13 January 2006
I have been given an opportunity to undertake a six month secondment to focus on the development of online qualifications. The aim is to produce a qualification (and support materials - including assessments) that are only available online. This would be SQA's first e-only award. Very exciting.
So we're looking for someone to stand-in for me during this period. The person would work alongside the existing team (Angela, Caroline and Tony) and continue my present work - which involves supporting and developing Computing, IT and e-learning qualifications. It's a hugely interesting and rewarding job, supported by a
More information here.
Thursday, 12 January 2006
Diploma in E-Learning: Production
Diploma in E-Learning: Delivery
Diploma in E-Assessment
Advanced Diploma in E-Learning
Please contact myself if you would like any further information regarding the packs. We also have a dedicated E-Learning Online Community so please subscribe to the e-group if you would like to be kept up-to-date with developments.
Wednesday, 4 January 2006
There are a great deal of interesting projects coming up this year including:
- National Certificate review
- HNC/D Information Technology validation and launch
- introduction of library PDAs
- establishment of new Qualification Support Teams.
We're also developing a wide range of support materials for such courses as HNC/D Computing and HNC/D Multimedia.
Stow College is working on the second part of their Computer Games development - having recently validated an HNC Computer Games Development the centre is now developing the corresponding HND award.
Meanwhile we will continue to support the E-Learning suite of awards and promote the recently revised SVQs in Information Technology.
On a personal basis, I'm hoping that the new Scottish Education blog develops a regular readership during the coming year.