Wednesday, 30 March 2005

New National Units

Following on from the new blogging unit, I have commissioned a writer to produce two additional National Units: Social Software (probably Intermediate 2) and Internet Safety (either Intermediate 1 or Intermediate 2).

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

Sector Panel meeting

The Sector Panel for Computing and Call Centres met today for the first time at Lauder College in Dunfermline.

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

HND Computing validation event

The HND Computing validation event was held today. More information on the HND Computing review blog.

Sunday, 20 March 2005

E-Qualifications assessment writers

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

E-Qualifications Launch

Today we held the Launch of the E-Qualifications suite of PDA awards in the Stirling Highland Hotel. The event went well with approximately 40 delegates in attendance.

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.

  1. Certificate in Online Learning
  2. Diploma in E-Learning: Production
  3. Diploma in E-Learning: Delivery
  4. Diploma in E-Assessment
  5. 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

E-Assessment Conference - Day 2

London in the snow
Originally uploaded by bobbyelliott.

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

E-Assessment Conference

Martin Ripley
Originally uploaded by bobbyelliott.

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

SVQ launch

Glasgow Science Centre
Originally uploaded by bobbyelliott.

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

Preparing for the E-Qualifications launch

E-Qual team meeting
Originally uploaded by bobbyelliott.

Some key members of the E-Qualifications development team met this afternoon to discuss the forthcoming launch event. The purpose of the meeting was to plan the event and agree who's-doing-what.

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).