Wednesday, 25 March 2009

Computing for Change

I attended the second meeting of the Computing for Change group this afternoon. The meeting was held at Glasgow Metropolitan College.

I updated people on the actions that the QST planned to carry out to review SQA units and assessments. Today's meeting focussed more on the factors other than the curriculum such as teaching and learning, and support for Computing lecturers.

A number of actions were agreed, including a comprehensive review of the statistics relating to student performance in HN Computing and related subjects.

My major task is to look at specific units and assessments to see if there is a quick and simple way of reducing the assessment load on lecturers and students.

Contact Ron Dillin if you want to know more about the work of this group.

Friday, 20 March 2009

Qualifications Support Team for HN awards

The QST for HN awards met this afternoon. This committee advises me about how courses are actually being implemented and suggest changes that could be be made to improve things.

Today's meeting was very busy, with almost 20 forms received from centres with suggestions for changes, clarifications or simplifications. Most of the suggestions were accepted and you will see some changed units or improved assessments as a result.

The QST is going to play a major role in addressing the previously mentioned problems with performance indicators in this area. A subset of the QST is going to look at all of the component units in the HN awards in the Computing/IT/Multimedia areas to see how we can simply and thin-down the assessment load. I'll say more about this in a future post, once my ideas about how to take this forward are clearer... but I'll be looking for volunteers so please contact Caroline if you want to be involved.

I'm always looking for people to work on committees like the QST, so please contact Shirley if you want to know more about serving on this team - or any other SQA comittee.

Tuesday, 17 March 2009

Digital Literacy in Scottish prisons

I got good news today about the Digital Literacy award. The Scottish Prison Service has offered to provide this qualification to every prisoner in Scotland. Hopefully, for those who choose to do it, it will be help them update their skills prior to re-entering society.

This qualification is a good basic introduction to computing and the Internet, and could be used by all sorts of students. Contact Shirley for more information.

Free Leckie and Leckie books

thanks everyone for your requests for the surplus Leckie and Leckie PC Passport and Internet Safety books.

I can confirm that there are no more free books left. They can still be purchased direct from Leckie and Leckie on:

Monday, 16 March 2009

New SVQs are coming

I met with Genny Dixon of E-Skills this afternoon to discuss how SQA is going to create new SVQs from the revised National Occupational Standards (NOS).

E-Skills has been working on the IT User Standards for the past year and they are now (almost) in final form. My team's task is now to create equivalent SVQs to match the new Standards. We're hoping to do this over the next five months and have the new qualifications available to centres from August.

All vocational qualifications are based on the NOS, so the new Standards have important implications for all SQA IT awards in that everything we produce in the future must reference these Standards.

Contact Shirley is you want to be involved in developing the new SVQs or want to know more about SVQs in IT.

Monday, 9 March 2009

Link to PC Passport Letter

Please find attached a copy of the PC Passport update letter below:

PC Passport Update letter

Th letter will also appear on the PC Passport page on the SQA web site.

PC Passport Update letter

Look out for a PC Passport update letter that should be hitting the desks of SQA Co-ordinators in schools, colleges and training providers

This letter contains useful information on:

 End dates of original PC Passport units and awards
 Approval to offer new PC Passport
 e-assessment of PC Passport
 SQA Support Materials
 Leckie and Leckie materials
 Assessment Support Packs
 Support and information

Wednesday, 4 March 2009

Update on the HND Interactive Media award

We are still busy working away on the conditions which the validation panel placed on the above award and these will be addressed by the end of this week.

We will then be taking the necessary steps to finalise all new HN Units within the award and put the framework on our awards system so that it is available to centres ASAP (with our original timescale target of Spring 2009).

I shall post further updates as this work progresses.