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Technology in SQA Exams

This course addresses the use of technology as an Assessment Arrangement in SQA external examinations, and internal assessments.

SQA offers Digital Question Papers for learners with additional support needs who have difficulties with ordinary exam papers. Digital question papers and digital assessments enable candidates to work more independently and reduce reliance on readers and scribes. This is particularly important for National Literacy Units, given that readers and scribes cannot be used in the assessment of reading or writing, but computer readers and other assistive technologies can.

We will consider which candidates might benefit from using technology in examinations and assessments, and discuss the practicalities of organising resources, staff and accommodation.

The course addresses use of SQA Digital Question Papers and Digital Answer Booklets, and technologies to support candidates in assessments. We will explore the use of Windows computers, iPads and Chromebooks and discuss the pros and cons of each device.



27th September 2018
University of Edinburgh

Full-day course
(9:30am - 3:30pm)

What you will learn

  • To create a development plan to implement technology in SQA examinations and assessments:
  • To describe the range of technologies that can be used as Assessment Arrangements
  • To identify criteria for determining which technologies are most suitable to meet individual learners' needs across different subjects
  • To formulate a strategy to implement or enhance the use of assistive technology in your school or establishment.

Who is the seminar and workshop aimed at?

  • Secondary school subject teachers.
  • SQA coordinators.

Meet your presenter(s)

Paul Nisbet
Engineer and Educational Technologist

Paul is a Senior Research Fellow and has an engineering background. He's involved in CALL's assessment and support service for pupils, with a particular responsibility for access technology for pupils with physical disabilities; and for technology to enable students with dyslexia or literacy difficulties access the curriculum.

About the day

  • Duration: 9:30am - 3:30pm
  • Registration: Room 1.20, Paterson's Land, Holyrood Road, Edinburgh EH8 8AQ
  • Refreshments: Tea, coffee and water will be available throughout.
  • Lunch: A generous lunch to keep you energised.