Wednesday, 21 December 2005

PC Passport hits second top spot

LearnDirect published their top 10 courses of 2005 in terms of public interest - and PC Passport was number 2 (behind ECDL) beating well established courses such as Higher English.

Contact Joan Morris for more information about PC Passport or join the online community.

Monday, 19 December 2005

Multimedia Consultant required

Today I posted a message on the Multimedia Online Forum requesting a volunteer to assist in the next stage in the Multimedia review. The remit consists of carrying out a core skills audit, an audit on teaching and learning materials and assisting in the production of assessment exemplars. The secondment is based on one day a week starting 9th January until 31st March, a total of 12 weeks.

If you are interested in this project please contact me on my usual email address

Friday, 16 December 2005

NC review

Angela and I met with Walter Patterson this morning to discuss the review of National Certificate provision. Many of you will know Walter from his HMI days. Walter is leading the recently announced review of the National Certificate awards in Computing/IT.

The purpose of the meeting was to agree what needs to be done during the current financial year. We agreed a lot of tasks - but the key one is the creation of a development plan.

I intend to consult widely during this review - using this blog, the dedicated online community, occasional letters and some face-to-face meetings - the first one of which will take place in March next year when we can discuss the various options that Walter comes up with.

Don't forget to subscribe to the National Certificate online community if you want to keep up to date with developments.

Tuesday, 13 December 2005

Library Launch Lucky Winners

Today five lucky winners were independently chosen to receive a free license for the software tool course genie. The prizes were very kindly donated by Horizon Wimba at the recent Library launch.

The lucky winners are:

Stephen Grant
Sandra Macdougall
Janice Weir
Robert Ruthven
Margaret Cairns

Well done!

For more information on support materials available for the new library awards please visit

Friday, 2 December 2005

Launch of Diploma and Advanced Diploma: Applications of ICT in Libraries

Today we launched the Diploma and Advanced Diploma: Applications of ICT in Libraries. The launch event [MP4] was held in the Menzies Hotel, Glasgow and was a great success.

These awards are joint partnership between the Scottish Library Information Council (SLIC) and SQA, funded by the Big Lottery. Around 50 people attended and the presentations were well received. For more information on the online learning/teaching materials available, please visit

Thursday, 1 December 2005

NC Computing Review

Today we received confirmation that Walter Patterson will lead the NC Computing Review. This initial scoping exercise will allow Walter to create a Qualification map, consult on options and produce a development plan. We will need a Qualification design team (QDT) set up by mid January. If you are interested in this development please subscribe to the online forum, more information will follow in the New Year.