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SCHOLAR - IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR SENIORS AND PARENTS

 

The SCHOLAR Programme Explained
 
And a Password for Parents
 
Is your child in S5 or S6?
 
Do you know about the SCHOLAR Programme?
 
Would you like a password to see what SCHOLAR is about?
 
…read on...
 
Login and learn
Education is changing. We know that many students learn better if they can be shown visual explanations such as animations, or if they can learn at their own pace (e.g. by accessing material on the computer outside of the classroom).
 
 
Introducing SCHOLAR
Heriot-Watt SCHOLAR is the world’s largest e-learning education programme, with 60,000 registered users. Created by Heriot-Watt University, based in Edinburgh, SCHOLAR provides computer based learning materials to support teaching and learning in a wide range of subjects:
 
Advanced Higher
Higher
Intermediate 1/2
Biology
Business Management
Chemistry
Computing
French
Information Systems
Maths
Physics
Biology
Business Management
Chemistry
Computing
Economics
German
Human Biology
Information Systems
Maths
Physics
Psychology
Spanish
 
 
Accounting
French
Maths
 
SCHOLAR does not stand still. New courses from August 2009 are noted below.
 
Available
Advanced Higher
Higher
Intermediate 1/2
August 2009
Accounting
Economics
German
Spanish
 
Mandarin
 
The SCHOLAR programme is designed to promote self paced, student centred learning in a teacher supported environment. The online learning materials are complemented by opportunities for teachers to attend staff development workshops and learn how to use SCHOLAR when teaching.
  
Proven approach
SCHOLAR offers a well proven, innovative approach to academic study within schools, Further Education colleges and foundation programmes within universities. Over 400 secondary schools in Scotland are benefitting from using SCHOLAR.
 
 
Interactive
The online learning materials have been professionally developed and consist of textual and graphical descriptions, animations and simulations and online formative tests.  The material is embedded within a Virtual Learning Environment that provides channels for student and teacher communications, frequently asked questions and progress reporting and monitoring.
 
 
Achieving potential
  • A recent survey showed that SCHOLAR had an 80% acceptance rating by teachers and that 95% of students would recommend the programme to a friend.
  • 32% of the online study time is undertaken by students out of school hours.
  • Peak usage time is between 7pm and 9pm Monday to Thursday in direct competition with prime-time television.
 
SCHOLAR Password for your Son or Daughter
Teachers in school have been provided with passwords to issue to all pupils studying a range of subjects at Higher and Advanced Higher and Intermediate 1 and 2 Maths as summarised in the table below. If your son or daughter has not yet received their password, encourage them to ask their teacher.
 
 
A Password for Parents
In order to see the course materials SCHOLAR provides for your son or daughter, go to our website at http://scholar.hw.ac.uk/ , click on Login, and enter the following:
 
Username:   schparents
Password:    warm24key
 
Next click the Login button and you will be presented with a list of SCHOLAR courses and links that you can browse to get a better idea of the resources that are available.
 
Please note that this password does not provide access to the following features:
 
  • Discussion – chat boards for students, tutors and teachers to discuss courses
  • Reporting – allows students to monitor their progress and assessment results
 
Feedback
We also welcome your feedback. Email the SCHOLAR Unit at info@scholar.hw.ac.uk