Friday, 30 September 2005

Sector Panel

The Sector Panel for Computing & Call Centres met this afternoon in Glasgow. Computing is one of three panels that have been created as part of a pilot project to evaluate the effectiveness of these groups to provide advice to SQA.

The meeting went well. Chris Morrow of E-Skills UK gave a presentation on recent research and also explained the Sector Skills Agreement. Bob McGonigle gave a presentation on SQA's work with vendors. I commenced the meeting with a short presentation on current developments such as the current review of the HNC/D IT and the planned reviews of National Certificate and HN Multimedia.

You can find out more about the Sector Panel from Caroline.

Thursday, 29 September 2005

Oracle Academy seminar

I gave a short presentation [PPT] at an Oracle Academy seminar today, which was held at the Lighthouse in Glasgow.

The purpose of the event was to provide information on the Oracle Academy programme. About 60 teachers and lecturers attended either the morning or afternoon events. The highlight was the presentation from a group of pupils from Royal High School who are currently undertaking the Oracle programme.

More information about Oracle Academy from Jane Richardson.

Tuesday, 27 September 2005

Operational guides

I received an e-mail this morning informing me that SQA has recently published new operational guids for colleges and employers and training providers.

Thursday, 22 September 2005

SETT 2005

This year's SETT conference was held yesterday and today at the SECC in Glasgow. The event was called The Scottish Learning Festival 2005. The conference had its own blog.

I didn't manage to attend yesterday but went along today. The event was very busy. There were lots of visitors and exhibitors. SQA was promoting our full range of awards but particularly e-assessment, e-learning and PC Passport.

The photos (from top down) show: Angela explaining the features of PC Passport to a couple of interested teachers, Tony showing his relief that Celtic beat Falkirk last night, and Brendan giving a demo of the Understanding Standards website.

Monday, 19 September 2005

E-Qualification letter has been sent

An E-Qualifications update letter has been sent to centres today. Check with your SQA Co-ordinator for a copy.

HNC/D IT survey

June McCamlie has created a new online survey relating to the proposed HNC/D IT frameworks. Some important questions are posed about the structure, contents and features of the awards.

Friday, 16 September 2005

Updated E-Qualification FAQ

I updated the E-Qualification FAQ today. Version 3.1 incorporates several corrections and a couple of additions. It's also available in PDF format. Note that the suite of qualifications is no longer called E-Qualifications (see question 1).

Thursday, 15 September 2005

HNC/D IT meeting

Angela and I met with June McCamlie and George Johnson this afternoon to discuss how the HNC/D IT review was going. June is the lead developer for the project and George is the convenor of the Qualification Design Team.

It's a little behind schedule so instead of aiming to hold the validation in December, it's more likely to be end-January. Progress is being made, it's just that it's taken us longer than planned to write the new units.

Subscribe to the (public) e-group is you want to keep up-to-date with developments or contact Angela if you want to contact an individual.

Friday, 9 September 2005

HND Computing launch event

Today's launch event was held in the Menzies Hotel in Glasgow. It went well. Around 40 people attended. People were particularly interested in the links with vendor qualifications which Vanessa Ranaldi described. The presentations are available here.

Tuesday, 6 September 2005

E-Mentoring qualification

I met with Grainne Hamilton of the University of Strathclyde at lunchtime today with a view to developing a new unit on online mentoring. Grainne has a lot of hands-on experience of e-moderation. The unit would be the first qualification that SQA has offered that is explicitly linked to this crucial aspect of online learning.

The unit would be available stand-alone but will probably feature within one of the existing E-Qualification awards too. I'm hoping to have it available by the end of next month.

More information from Caroline.

Monday, 5 September 2005

We did it!

We all managed to complete the Great Scottish Run yesterday - in spite of the heat. It was a fantastic day. Thanks to everyone who sponsored me or donated money. My family are amazed at the huge amount of money that has been donated. We're very grateful.

Friday, 2 September 2005

Fall in A-Level Computing entries

The Joint Council for Qualifications has recently published information on the number of A-Level entries in 2005 [PDF] for various subjects. Computing had the largest fall in uptake [PDF] over 2004. A-Level ICT also fell.