Friday, 15 July 2005

Vendor PDAs

I am pleased to let you know that we have five new PDAs linked to Vendor qualifications now available. The awards are:

G7WM 15 Certificate in Computer Support (ComptTIA A+, Network+ and Server+)
G7W4 15 Certificate in Desktop Support (Microsoft Certified Desktop Support Technician)
G7W5 17 Advanced Cert. in Systems Administration (Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator)
G7WP 18 Advanced Diploma in Network Technology (CISCO Certified Network Associate)
G7W6 18 Advanced Diploma in Systems Engineering (Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer)
G7WN 17 Advanced Cert. in Database Programming (Oracle Certified Associate)

Please get in touch with myself should you require a copy of the framework for any of these awards. The Unit Specifications are available for download via the SQA website.

Thursday, 14 July 2005

E-assessment survey results

Some time ago, I asked people to complete a short questionnaire about e-assessment. I promised to share the results. They are here.

Thanks very much to the 534 people who took the time to complete the survey (which is probably the biggest response we've ever had to a survey). We're currently deciding what we should do in response to the findings.

Friday, 8 July 2005

Library awards are now validated

The PDAs for librarians were validated this morning. The recent validation event placed several conditions on the proposals but these have now been satisfied and the awards are now approved. Contact Angela for more information.

Thursday, 7 July 2005

Safe Internet Use and Social Software units

The Web Log unit was the first in a series of new National Certificate units being produced by SQA to update our non-advanced portfolio of units. We're also working on a new unit on social software and another new unit on Internet safety.

The Internet safety unit is called Safe & Legal Use of the Internet and will be of interest to a wide range of people, ranging from school pupils to teachers who want to know more about this important aspect of online activity. There is a draft version available and I'm looking for feedback (please post a comment on this blog).

The other new unit is called Social Software and deals with the emerging area of group/community software. There is a unit outline available and, again, I'm looking for feedback (via this blog).

Blogging, social software and Internet safety may be particularly attractive to female students who appear to be losing interest in the more traditional aspects of computing/IT.

Contact Angela for more information about these developments.

Monday, 4 July 2005

HNC Computer Games Development is now validated

The conditions imposed at the recent validation event have been addressed and the qualification is now validated. The qualification will be on SQA's system in a couple of weeks. Congratulations to the Qualification Design Team at Stow College.

More information is available from Angela.

Friday, 1 July 2005

Support material for the Blog unit

I just commissioned support material for the new Blog unit. There will be sample assessments and learning material to support the unit.

I'm not sure about dates yet but I expect the assessments to be available for September and the teaching material to be available around October.

We're taking an unusual approach to the development of learning material. In the spirit of the new Social Software unit that we're working on, we're planning on producing the material collaboratively using a wiki. We'll use WikiBooks to develop and distribute it. So we're hoping that lots of people will contribute (but SQA will pay someone to develop most of the material). More information will follow.