Wednesday, 19 December 2007

Computing Education Steering Group

I attended the second meeting of this group yesterday morning at Jordanhill Campus of the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow. The group is looking at ways of stimulating the interest in Computing and related subjects in schools to address the significant decline in numbers in Higher Education.

It was a productive meeting with a number of concrete proposals coming out of it. We agreed to carry out a survey to get some hard evidence about the issue and also to lobby the Scottish Government to put a priority on Computing education as a strategic issue for the country. We had an interesting presentation and discussion about the purpose and contents of Computing in schools.

We also agreed on another national conference some time next summer. You can get more information about this group from the convenor, Andrew McGettrick.

Monday, 17 December 2007

HND Internative Media blog is now available

Some time ago, I mentioned that I would create a blog to record the development of the new HND Interactive Media qualification. The blog is now available.

Please visit the blog and bookmark the URL so that you can visit from time to time and keep up-to-date with developments. Although I will occasionally write to centres, the blog provides a great way of finding out (and contributing to) what's going on since SQA staff and the development team (once selected) will contribute.

I plan to use a new method of developing qualifications during this project - "collaborative qualification development" - which is a fancy way of saying that I hope to involve lots of people during the development process through the use of blogs, wikis, surveys and other web services.

Look out for more information (on the new blog) in early 2008. Our first task will be to recruit a development team. In the meantime, contact Angela if you have any queries.

Friday, 14 December 2007

Internet safety and police cadets

Every police cadet in Strathclyde is currently undertaking SQA's Internet Safety award and this morning I met with Rob Hay of Strathclyde Police and Steve Lamb of James Watt College to check on progress.

Things seem to be going well. Sixty-four cadets are currently doing the unit and progress appears to be good. The cadets are distributed across nine areas within Strathclyde so we're making extensive use of e-learning and e-assessment.

You can get more information about this project (or the Internet Safety qualification) from Caroline.

Thursday, 13 December 2007

IBM qualification

This morning I met with a few college representatives who are interested in developing a new qualification that links with IBM's System I curriculum. This project has been on the go for some time but, due to a number of factors, has never got off the ground. It now seems that we can progress things.

We explored a number of options - including the development of a new HN unit that will map on to the corresponding IBM award, permitting college students to either follow the SQA or the IBM curriculum. No decision was made at today's meeting and we agreed to meet again in the New Year once a few of the existing queries have been resolved.

So look out for more news on this exciting development. In the meantime, contact Caroline if you want to know more.

Welcome to Scott

We have a new member of the team. Scott Miller joined us to replace Tricia, as administrator. Tricia was temporary and is moving on to a new job. Scott will be with us for some time. Here's the most recent organisation chart, which you can download in various formats.