Wednesday, 30 March 2005
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
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
Sunday, 20 March 2005
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
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.
- Certificate in Online Learning
- Diploma in E-Learning: Production
- Diploma in E-Learning: Delivery
- Diploma in E-Assessment
- 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
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
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
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
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).