Connecting schools, young people and community regeneration

The Scottish Centre for Regeneration (part of Communitites Scotland) have recently published Connecting schools, young people and community regeneration, number 22 in their Learning Points series.

This publication provides a snapshot from a practice event held in Dundee in 2005, and reports on discussions held around community regeneration and student attainment covering the following themes:

What issues were examined?
What underlying principles did people identify?
What problems or barriers did people identify?
What did people learn from all of this?

The objectives of the meeting were to bring together practitioners to share experiences, best practice and to identify opportunities to work together in the future.

SQA - You May Now Begin...

A great step forward for the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA), who have announced the first online exam for national assessment in Scotland:

"On Tuesday 16 May, some 120 candidates in 10 centres spread across the country will sit in front of computers to take a multiple choice online exam in Intermediate 2 or Higher Biotechnology."

This article on their website gives further insights into the process. Anton Colella, Chief Executive of the SQA reports that "Candidates involved in previous internal assessment pilots have told us they enjoy this way of working. We still have much to do before reliable, secure electronic exams become the norm, but this is an excellent start."

Preparing for Intranet 2.0

This article Preparing for Intranet 2.0 (a pre-print of a book chapter to be released this year) is looking at the changes Web 2.0 developments are starting to have on intranets. It includes 3 real-world cases, with examples of blogging, social bookmarking, mash-ups, wikis and pod casting within large corporate organisations, including IBM.

Consolidating learning after training

An interesting paper that describes a brain-scanning study investigating processing of recent learning . Other "studies have reported the reactivation of learning-related cerebral activity during post-training sleep, suggesting that sleep plays a role in the offline processing and consolidation of memory". This paper finds that extensive processing occurs straight after training, even while engaged in other tasks. So, no need for that post-training nap!

It is great to see this kind of in-depth scientific work available as open access. Although the format of the paper is slightly unconventional, additional tools (like links to citing articles) are also provided courtesy of PLoS (Public Library of Science).