Collaborative Approaches to Developing Assessment and Support Materials for NQGAs

Collaborative Approaches to Developing Assessment and Support Materials for NQGAsMarie Morrison, SFEU, Liam Campbell, European and External Funding Coordinator and Graeme Clark, Project Manager, SQA presented this seminar on the TranSETT Project (Transforming Scottish Education Through Technology) which is a partnership between SQA, SFEU and COLEG to create technology enhanced resources for new NQGA qualifications.  It was explained that this project will build on the HN Modernisation experience and is likely to last from April 2008 - March 2011, depending on the outcome of an ESF bid for funding.

The responsibilities of each partner were detailed:


Delegates were informed that there would be a production of approximately 200 e-assessments, 100 e-learning material packs and 100 student and tutor guides. 

Time was also spent updating delegates on the joint project between SQA and COLEG which is called the Scottish Online Assessment Resources (SOLAR). For NQGAs, it is envisaged that this will be more interactive using more technologies than is currently the case for HN.

Marie Morrison detailed the types of training programmes/workshops that will be led by SFEU, explaining who the target audience would be and the likely impact of the training programmes/workshops on centres, deliverers and candidates. Marie informed delegates that the overall aim of the project is to widen access, enhance learner experience and increase flexibility. 

Delegates found the seminar informative and there were a number of questions including what developments would take place if funding was not received? How would decisions be made as to which curriculum areas are developed? Which model will be used to ensure engagement with college staff to create content for materials/e-assessments? Can private training providers access these materials, free or charge, as is the case for colleges? How will the materials be delivered? Will materials be developed for low-uptake single centre awards as well as high-uptake?

Discussion also centred around whether CPD for staff creating content would be recognised in the form of certification by SQA? How can colleges get involved and when? 

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