Monday, 28 February 2005

Blogging qualification

I've received a draft version of a new unit on blogging. Web Logs is a single credit, National Unit at Intermediate 2 level (SCQF level 5) consisting of three outcomes:
  • locate and review blogs
  • create a blog
  • create a newsfeed to track blogs.
If approved, this could be the world's first national qualification on blogging.

Friday, 25 February 2005

HN CRAG meeting

Originally uploaded by bobbyelliott.

The HN Computing Review Advisory Group (HNCRAG) met this afternoon for one final look at the new HND Computing Arrangements before they go forward for validation next month.

Wednesday, 23 February 2005

Sector Panel for Computing and Call Handling

I attended a meeting this afternoon to discuss a new forum with responsibility for HN/SVQ awards. It's called the Sector Panel for Computing & Call Handling. It's main purpose is to support SQA staff through the provision of advice, information and guidance from key occupational stakeholders.

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

SVQ pre-launch meeting

SQA 003
Originally uploaded by bobbyelliott.

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

Awarding Body Forum

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Originally uploaded by bobbyelliott.

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

E-assessment survey

I am a member of the Online Assessment Guidance Group which is responsible for, err, providing guidance to centres about online assessment. It seemed sensible to begin this task by asking people what they want SQA to produce so we created an online survey. The survey is short and will take less than 10 minutes to complete. The results will determine our future actions in this area. Please click here to complete the survey.