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Wednesday, 29 September 2004

E-Qualifications validation event


E-Qualifications validation
Originally uploaded by bobbyelliott.

The validation event for the E-Qualifications suite of awardstook place today. The awards were validated subject to a couple of conditions (and a number of recommendations). The awards are:

* Diploma in E-Learning Production
* Diploma in E-Assessment
* Advanced Diploma in E-Learning.

The development team are delighted with this outcome. The conditions will improve the awards and are simple to address. We're hoping to have the awards fully validated by mid-October and available to centres later this year.

Many thanks to the validation panel (chaired by Andrew Comrie of Lauder College) for their constructive comments and helpful advice. And my personal thanks to the development team (led by John Gordon).

You can find out more about the awards and keep up-to-date with developments by subscribing to the E-Qualifications online community.

Friday, 24 September 2004

TESS article on SQA and vendors

Today's edition of the Times Education Supplement (Scotland) includes an item on SQA's links with Oracle - specifically the Oracle Academy programme. There's a full page article in the newspaper and a small excerpt here. More details from Jane Richardson of Oracle.

Thursday, 23 September 2004

21Publish

Many schools and colleges are experimenting with blogs. But some teachers are a little concerned about their students using commercial blog sites (such as Blogger) since they have no control over what they do with their blogs.

A new service can resolve this problem by giving teachers control over blogs. 21Publish allows teachers to become a blog portal. You control who can create a blog, what the blog can do, what's in the blog - even what the blog looks like. It's currently in beta and provides a free service until April 2005. But even then, the paid service will only cost $9 per month (for up to 50 blogs).

It seems a good way to provide a controlled service to students or fellow teachers.

Sunday, 19 September 2004

Home Computer 2004


HomeComputer
Originally uploaded by bobbyelliott.

Nothing really to do with this blog but couldn't resist posting this picture.

The caption is classic. Come to think of it, it looks a bit like my old BBC Model A.

Monday, 13 September 2004

Oracle Academy seminar


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Originally uploaded by bobbyelliott.

I attended an Oracle seminar this morning at their HQ in Edinburgh. Around 20 people attended including Head Teachers, Local Authority representatives and practicing teachers.

Oracle is presently promoting its Oracle Academy programme in Scotland. There are currently five Scottish teachers involved in the initiative. These teachers have just completed a 10 week training programme (in Oracle technologies) - including a two week, hands-on training programme in UCLA.

I'm working with Oracle to forge links between their programmes and SQA qualifications and I gave a short presentation on credit transfer between Oracle and SQA awards.

Oracle is looking to expand the programme this year to 20 centres and they're actively looking for volunteers. Contact Jane Richardson if you want to find out more. Jane will also provide today's presentation (in PowerPoint format) if you're interested.

There's another event in Glasgow on Wednesday.

Friday, 10 September 2004

HND Computing

Now that the HNC Computing award has been validated, the development team can turn their attention to the HND.

After this morning's launch event, the team met to discuss how to take this forward. Much of the HND development work has already been done but the team have to finalise things during the next few months. The target is to validate the award in December so that it's available to centres from early next year.

In addition to the traditional means of communicating with centres (I'll be writing to centres in the near future to inform you about a forthcoming seminar), there's also an online forum that you can join to keep up-to-date with developments and I also plan to create a dedicated blog for this development that (hopefully) the entire development team will contribute to. Don't worry, it's a short term blog that will be deleted as soon as the award is validated but it seems a good idea to try to use a blog for this purpose. So please visit the blog regularly to find out how the HND is developing.

Internetworking/Multimedia launch event

The launch event for the new Internetworking and Multimedia awards was held today in the Stirling Highland Hotel. Around 60 people attended from various colleges across Scotland as well as representatives of national agencies such as the Scottish Executive and Learning & Teaching Scotland. Representives of Microsoft, Oracle and CompTIA also attended.

The event went well and most people expressed their interest in offering one or other (or both) of these awards.

Several people requested that a new multimedia online group is created to support multimedia teachers and I promised to create one early next week. There's already an Internetworking community that you can join.

Tuesday, 7 September 2004

Meeting with Oracle

I met with Jane Richardson of Oracle this morning to discuss next week's seminars about the Oracle Academy programme. Jane has arranged two events next week - one in Edinburgh (Monday) and one in Glasgow (Wednesday) to update people about the programme.

Six Scottish schools and colleges have signed up and several lucky teachers and lecturers have just finished a 10 week training programme (two weeks of which were spent in UCLA) to help them deliver the course.

I'm speaking at the events about two topics - (1) SQA's general support for curricular links with IT vendors and (2) the specific credit transfer arrangements between the Oracle curriculum and various SQA courses (such as Higher Computing and HNC Computing).

I'll post something on this blog after the events. Contact Jane if you want more information on the Oracle Academy.

Monday, 6 September 2004

300 hits in a week

I set-up a hit-counter last week to monitor traffic on this blog. There has been 300 hits in a week. That's an average of 60 per day. The traffic statistics are interesting.

It takes time to maintain a blog and I wasn't sure if it was worthwhile but it looks like it is.

Wednesday, 1 September 2004

E-Qualifications validation date

A suite of qualifications relating to e-learning and e-assessment has been under development for the last year and a date has now been agreed for their validation. The validation event will take place on 29 September and will be held in the SQA offices in Glasgow. The Panel will be chaired by Andew Comrie of Lauder College.

We're excited about this development since it includes (what we think) is the world's first national qualification in online assessment (the Diploma in E-Assessment).

There's an online community and you can download a FAQ here.