Launch of the Age Friendly Academy

Strathclyde University launched their new Age Friendly Academy last month, focusing on those aged 50+ wishing to continue their lifelong learning experiences. The AFA addresses demographic challenges and opportunities which arise from this section of society’s learning needs, health, wellbeing, societal contribution and employability. The AFA brings together activities already being delivered at the University, as well as exploring new opportunities for collaboration both internally and externally all aimed at promoting positive ageing. This includes: ■Teaching and Learning ■Research and Innovation ■Intergenerational Work…

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Connecting the Unconnected

SQA were invited to attend Digital Scotland’s Connecting the Unconnected conference in Inverness on Wednesday 26 April. It was a very interesting event with speakers from a variety of organisations including Scottish Government, SCVO, Highland Council and Google. We were there to showcase our Digital Learning Guides and there was a great deal of interest from all who dropped by the stand, including DWP/Jobcentre staff, housing authorities and third sector/charity organisations. The event was hosted by Martyn Wallace, Chief Digital…

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The Gathering 2017

SQA had a presence at a recent event called The Gathering 2017, held at the SECC, where organisations from the third sector had the opportunity to network, showcase what they do and learn from each other. As one of the exhibitors, we took the opportunity to showcase our free Digital Learning Guides as a resource for third sector digital learners. The event kicked off with a special address from the First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon MSP. There were over 100…

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Digital Volunteering

As signatories of the Scottish Government’s Digital Participation Charter, SQA have committed to helping people in Scotland who are not currently online. SQA have formed a partnership with the Wheatley Group, who also signed the Charter, to help provide digital skills and support to the Wheatley environmental and janitorial project staff, helping them to carry out work-related tasks such as filling in online timesheets and work logs or personal tasks such as emailing, banking or applying for jobs. SQA have gifted…

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Digital Housing Showcase event

The digital housing showcase event was held at the Wheatley Academy premises in Glasgow on Wednesday 8th February. SQA were invited to participate by setting up a ‘stall’ in the main venue and also facilitating a group discussion forum during the event. Organised by the Wheatley Group and supported by SCVO, it was very well attended with representation from housing authorities from all over Scotland; numerous stalls were available from digital partners including Google Garage, DigiKnow, the Blackwood Group, Digi-Pal,…

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A Digital Strategy for Scotland – 2017 and beyond

Earlier this month Scottish Government Ministers confirmed their intention to refresh Scotland’s current Digital Strategy, published in 2011, which describes actions to enhance digital connectivity, increase economic growth and activity by growing the digital economy, promote digital participation and develop digital public services. It is anticipated this refreshed strategy will set out a range of ambitions and actions to ensure that Scotland has a clear vision of its place in the modern, digital world, and they are looking for citizens…

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Ofcom CMR Event

I attended the Ofcom Stakeholder event on 4 November at their flagship Edinburgh office, where they talked through the 2016 Communications Market Report. A number of keynote speakers provided context to the report, including a presentation from Evelyn MacDowall from the Wheatley Group, who highlighted the digital volunteering partnership between SQA and Wheatley Group, as well as showcasing the Digital Learning Guides that we have produced to help the Wheatley community janitors get online. The focus of the day was…

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Opportunity to reshape the Technologies Experiences and Outcomes

A consultation period for the refresh of the Technologies Experiences and Outcomes (Es & Os) is taking place from October 2016 to ensure they are fit for purpose. You are invited to get involved.     Click here for the draft Technology Es & Os: technologies-es-and-os-first-draft-for-consultation-2016 Why the Technologies  Es & Os are being refreshed Technologies is an ever changing area and Scottish Government’s Curriculum for Excellence (CfE) management group agreed in summer 2016 to refresh the original outcomes for Computing Science and Digital Literacy. The Technologies ‘Significant…

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Learning Guides – on social media

Since their launch in March, the Digital Learning Guides have been used by a number of organisations who are helping to ensure that they reach the right people. Charities, housing associations, local authorities, supportive companies – all are using and sharing the guides amongst their customers, staff, volunteers and service users. One of the more recent companies to recognise and use the guides is an online organisation called UCanDoIt; they are a UK-wide resource-sharing charity who have added the Learning Guides to their catalogue…

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Learning guide endorsement

We recently introduced our Digital Learning Guides to Hanover (Scotland) Housing Association as a direct result of our contact with them through volunteer work on social inclusion. They saw the guides as a very positive resource for both residents and staff and are considering using them as part of their digital inclusion strategy. We are delighted to have their endorsement; they have posted a very positive comment on their Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/HanoverScotland/?fref=ts) and have promised to mention the guides in their next…

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