THIS BLOG IS NOW CLOSED. PLEASE GO TO HTTP://BLOGS.SQA.ORG.UK/COMPUTING/

Wednesday, 29 November 2006

PDA Event

There is a PDA (Professional Development Awards) Event being held on the 19.01.07. This will be held at SFEU, Stirling and you can register by going to this link.

In the morning, we will be launching the current PDAs (AM) which consist of the following -
  • G7WM 15 PDA Certificate in Computer Support
  • G7W4 15 PDA Certificate in Desktop Support
  • G7WN 17 PDA Advanced Certificate in Database Programming
  • G7W5 17 PDA Advanced Certificate in Systems Administration
  • G7WP 18 PDA Advanced Diploma in Network Technology
  • G7W6 18 PDA Advanced Diploma in Systems Engineering
  • G7WW 16 PDA Diploma in Applications of ICT in Libraries
  • G7WW 18 PDA Advanced Diploma in Applications of ICT in Libraries
  • TBC PDA IT Service Management (validated by currently uncoded)

In the afternoon, we will be discussing new planned PDAs and breaking into workshops to review new groups of units that can hopefully generate additional evening and part-time provision. We hope that your centre will take the opportunity to work with us on this initiative.

If you need any additional information on this event them please contact Caroline Douglas.

Regards

Mike Jannetta

Recruitment of Additional QST Members

Firstly, I would like to thank Alison Baxter of Stow College for the work that she has carried out with this team since its formation. She has moved on from her job role at this centre and we wish her all the best.

We asked for volunteers from the field, at the recent Heads of Centre Event and via this Blog, to refresh this group and the membership has now been remodelled as follows -
  • George Banks (Lews Castle College)
  • David Drennan (Cumbernauld College)
  • Tony Gurney (Ayr College)
  • Fiona Murnin (Motherwell College)
  • June McCamlie (South Lanarkshire College)
  • Hugh McDiarmid (AdamSmith College)
  • Deryck Nutley (Cardonald College)
  • Bob Porteous (Langside College)
  • Syd Woods (North Glasgow)
I would like to thank, in advance of our next meeting, the volunteers who will help us mainatin the current awards. The next meeting of this group will be the 2nd February 2007.

Mike Jannetta
0845 213 5473

Friday, 24 November 2006

Skill Shortages - Computer Industry

This article was posted on the BBC website recently..........thought it was worth sharing with everyone !

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/6155998.stm

Sunday, 5 November 2006

Representative(s) Wanted for the QST Computing

We are looking to recruit additional members to the Computing & IT QST (Qualifications Support Team). The QST represents centres and front-line practitioners who help to identify and resolve issues working on the solutions which helps shape amendments to HNs & PDAs within this area. This group advise the SQA Qualifications Team who consider and work through adjustments (where appropriate). Any individual recruited will have to be a leader in a skill area where these awards sit, be competent and familiar with course design issues. The current QST representatives are -
  • David Drennan (Cumbernauld College)
  • Deryck Nutley (Cardonald College)
  • Fiona Murnin (Motherwell College)
  • June McCamlie (South Lanarkshire College)
  • George Banks (Lews Castle College)
  • Bob Porteous (Langside College)
We are looking for individuals to join from different centres (of those identified above) and once we have a list of volunteers we will work out a balance of skills and knowledge between the representatives from where the HN awards currently sit. If you are interested in being considered to join this group then please contact Angela Lees (0845 213 8575).

Mike Jannetta
0845 213 8473

PC Passport QDT Unit Specifications Check

The PC Passport refresh is well underway.

This QDT (Qualifications Design Team) are hard at it and making sure that any inconsistencies, in any of the specifications, are identified and removed at an early stage. This QDT are a mixture of FE lecturers, school teachers and training providers working to ensure that the refresh award will suit their own environment.

The plan is that this refreshed PC Passport award will have fully coverage of the ITQ and be available to centres in June 2007.

Mike Jannetta
0845 213 5473

e-enabling of Examinations

At the Heads of Computing Event, I stated that we had written to each centre and asked if they wished to deliver any/all of the HNC Computing, Interactive Multimedia Creation or the Information Technology Graded Unit 1 (Examinations) electronically through the SQA SOLAR engine. If anyone is interested in this being arranged then please contact Caroline Douglas in the first instance.

Mike Jannetta
0845 213 8473