Wednesday, 30 January 2008
The team has been busy in my absence. In particular, Angela has been working hard to prepare for this Friday's validation of the new National Certificate in Digital Media Computing at Level 6. As you probably know, the Levels 4 and 5 awards are currently available to centres, so this award completes the suite. Walter Patterson is leading the Qualification Development Team and Ron Dillon (Stow College) is convening the Validation Panel. It should be a good event.
I've also (at last) got around to asking for volunteers for the QDT for the HND Multimedia development so please check this out if you want to be involved in this important development.
Thursday, 24 January 2008
DV6D 34 Information Technology: Graded Unit 1 Exam Exemplars 4, 5 & 6
Centres can also use Versions 1, 2 & 3 and all of these are available on the SQA secure website for download through your SQA Centre Co-ordinator.
Tuesday, 22 January 2008
Thursday, 17 January 2008
The changes made to both Units are as follows:
Change of wording from Restricted Response Test to Multiple Choice Test within Assessment Guideline sections.
Change made to suggested time allocation. This now states 80 minutes for Multiple Choice Test rather that 90 minutes (5 min start up time, 80 min test and 5 min finish off time).The associated Assessment Exemplars follow these changes and are currently with our Support Materials section for publishing.
Copies of the revised HN Units for F1XA 34 & F1X9 34 can be downloaded from the SQA website.
Thursday, 10 January 2008
So I've created a small survey to ask if you can access Blogger and, if not, if you can access a popular alternative (Wordpress). Interestingly, SQA blocks Blogger but not Wordpress. I appreciate that if you can read this message then you can access Blogger but can you indicate this in the survey (i.e. do not select Blogger if you had to ask permission to access this site). Alternatively, you may be accessing this page from home since your college/school has firewalled it.
Depending on the results, I might move the site to Wordpress. Thanks in anticipation.
Tuesday, 8 January 2008
DH36 34 Computing: Graded Unit 1 Exemplar (3 versions)
DE36 34 Interactive Multimedia Creation: Graded Unit 1 Exemplar (3 versions)
DV6D 34 Information Technology: Graded Unit 1 Exemplar (3 versions)
These will be in addition to the exisiting exemplars available on the SQA secure website bringing a total of six graded unit exemplars per subject (ie DV6D 34 Information Technology: GU1 Versions 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6).
Over the next 6-8 weeks these exemplars will gradually be added to the SQA secure site by our support materials department.
Exemplars for DE36 34 Interactive Multimedia Creation GU1 cover the Communication: Practical Skills Unit. We have produced two separate exemplars which assess the Writing for the Media Unit and would appreciate if centres contact me direct if they wish to use these versions.
This now completes the full suite of ASPs available to support the award at Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced levels.
Access to these materials are through the SQA Co-ordinator within your centre.
Monday, 7 January 2008
Oracle has recently updated it's Oracle Academy programme, which now includes several qualifications. The one that we're interested in is called Introduction to Computer Science, which contains the Database Design and a new unit entitled "PLSQL" (Programming Language SQL).
We recently checked SQA qualifications for a similar unit to PLSQL - but couldn't find one so we've agreed to develop one. Look out for more information in the future. In the meantime, contact Caroline if you want to know more about SQA's links with Oracle or contact Jane if you want to know more about the Oracle Academy.
Jane pointed out that Oracle intended to use the relationship with SQA as an example of a successful global public-private partnership and I can certainly vouch for the superb training made available to Scottish teachers through this programme.