Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Qualification Support Team for HN/PDA awards

There is a QST for non-advanced awards and one for advanced awards. Today was the turn of the advanced [HN] QST. Ten members attended a meeting in the Glasgow office, including a couple of new members. Most members are lecturers from FE colleges, across Scotland.

Like the NQ QST, the key activity is the discussion about the various suggestions from centres. We considered five QST proposal forms today. The QST is not a talk-shop. We take action and make changes to assessments or unit specifications or teaching materials when necessary. Some of the decisions made at today's meeting will result in concrete changes to units and assessments.

We do more than consider suggestions from centres. Today we also discussed SOLAR, Curriculum for Excellence, the current HN Review, and changes to the way we include vendor certification within HN awards. As always, the discussions were lively and constructive.

I told the HN members what I told the NQ members yesterday about the future of QSTs -- there will be no more face-to-face meetings. Future communication will be through an online community.

Contact Caroline if you want to know more about the QST for HN awards or enquire about membership.

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