Monday, 24 January 2005

Qualification Officer wanted

You might have noticed the advert for new Qualification Officers (QOs) in Friday's Herald? We're looking for three new QOs - and one of them will join the Computing team. The successful person will help me develop and support Computing/IT qualifications within colleges and training centres including HN awards and SVQs. You would join a small, friendly team. More information here.

Thursday, 20 January 2005

DEeLTA Steering Group

DEeLTA Steering Group
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I attended the first meeting of the DEeLTA Steering Group today. DEeLTA is a project, funded by ESF, to enhance e-learning within the UK. The project is managed by Clive Young of Caledonian University.

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 and E-Qualifications

Joe Wilson and I attended a meeting with Charlie Sweeney of Jisc and Dave Hartland of NetSkills this morning to see if the excellent NetSkills training programmes can be used support the E-Qualifications suite of awards.

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

Computer games visit to Dundee

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

Full-time moderator wanted

Some of you may have a noticed a recent advert for new full-time moderators - including one for Computing. The post is initially for 12 months but this may be extended for a further year. More details here.

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

ICT for Librarians

I met with Rhona Arthur of SLIC this morning to discuss a new IT qualification aimed at librarians. Rhona has received funding from the Big Lottery Fund to improve the IT skills of UK librarians - and she wants SQA to provide a qualification.

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

Welcome to June

June McCamlie joined the SQA Computing team today. She was seconded from South Lanarkshire College where she was a Lecturer in Computing. Her initial appointment lasts until 31 March.

June will assist with a variety of tasks - but especially the HND Computing review.

Thursday, 6 January 2005

Candidate portfolios for IT User SVQs

The SQA website has been updated to include the candidate portfolios for each of the units in the SVQs for IT Users.

E-Qualifications update letter

A letter has been sent to centres today that provides important information relating to the new suite of E-Qualification awards. This letter should arrive in centres early next week.

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

Back at the office today

Most SQA staff returned from annual leave today. We're looking forward to the coming year. I'm hoping that the focus this year is supporting the introduction of new qualifications - rather than creating lots of new ones. The team has managed and supported the development of 25 new qualifications in the last 18 months - so it's time to consolidate.

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.