Get Online Week

As part of Get Online Week, we wanted to highlight the Digital Learning Guides that SQA produced as part of our commitment to the Scottish Government’s Digital Participation Charter. The guides have been widely used to help people become more digitally confident. Robert worked as a Community Janitor with a local housing authority; changes to his job required him to carry out tasks such as complete timesheets online and take digital photographs to send via email. Robert didn’t have any…

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Young people’s digital rights survey

Since their launch in February this year, the Young Scot 5Rights Youth Leadership Group has been busy investigating different aspects of the digital world – particularly around how young people can support each other around their digital rights, the role that businesses can play in realising young people’s rights, what cyber resilience means to young people, and how innovative technology can help young people exercise their rights in the digital world. The Youth Leaders are keen to hear from the…

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Moving forward with digital literacy

Over the past four years the team has been involved in a wide range of digital literacy initiatives and worked with many strategic groups in the sector. We are excited to be taking on new responsibilities within SQA including developing, managing and maintaining a portfolio of qualifications. We will continue to look after the digital learning guides developed to support people with limited experience in digital practices and offer a route to further skills progression through SQA units and awards. We are looking forward…

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Digi:Know event

The SQA digital volunteers recently participated in a Digi:Know event held in partnership with Thenue Housing Association Smart Communities team. The event took place at the Scottish Veterans Centre in Cranhill and was basically a flexibly planned drop-in event where participants were paired up with a digital volunteer for help and support to improve their digital skills. 11 digital volunteers from SQA took part in the event and between us we delivered around 18 hours of training and support. It was a…

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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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