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ICT Unit 21 AO3 - OCR Nationals 2010 - PLEASE HELP!

dougabrams
dougabrams
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Our new external moderator has rejected our Unit 21s because of the nav bars for AO3.

I'm aware that they shouldn't just be text-based nav bars.

However we submitted students with Text on a 3D style buttons they created themselves using Adobe Fireworks. They look near-professional quality and are fit for purpose in my opinion.

The moderator failed these (withdrew the unit) as he said they should have a picture of something on (eg a picture of a house for a homepage).

Nowhere does it say in the Assessment Criteria or guidance does it say that!!!

I think the moderator is interpreting the word graphic in a narrow figurative sense (the students have to draw something) rather than using abstract shapes with fills.

As the vast majority of the websites the students evaluated had similar button looking buttons (without extra figurative graphics on) I can't see any logic here at all. Most web designers make nav bars REALLY simple these days.

Please can someone shed light on this???
What should we do???

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ictgoodpractice
ictgood ...
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I have that document above thank you. Also the KUS, I think the problem as others have mentioned is the definition of what a graphic is and what an image is.

Keith C Parry
Keith C ...
Posts: 363

Hello again

I have spoken to the Qualification Manager at OCR and she will signpost the information in the specification and the "changes" document if necessary.  You will need to contact her with your email address and she will then be able to clarify this for you again.

When the 2010 specifications were developed, a "changes document" was created for each unit - and also all of the actual changes made were highlighted in yellow in the unit specifications.  You will see clearly that the Unit specification for Unit 21 has the elements involving "graphics" highlighted - and this is also identified -albeit in fairly general terms - in the changes document that can be found here: http://www.ocr.org.uk/download/units/ocr_42618_unit_nationals_unit_21_exp.pdf

I can assure you that the changes to AO4 have similarly been indicated in the specification and in the changes document.

I hope this will now resolve your problems.

 

Keith C Parry OBE - RCC (NW)

ictgoodpractice
ictgood ...
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Does this apply to the AO4 buttons as well please?

a.king
a.king
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Quote:
Originally posted by ictgoodpractice, 16:14, 3rd May 2012

Does this apply to the AO4 buttons as well please?

I am not sure about the answer to this. All I can confirm is that my students didn't add an extra graphic to the rollover buttons and they got through.

ictgoodpractice
ictgood ...
Posts: 67

Assessment Objective 3 requires candidates to produce a navigation bar that could be used on a website. The number of menu choices is not prescribed, instead candidates should consider suitability for purpose and audience. It is not intended that the navigation should give access to a huge number of pages; it should give a flavour of what could be included on it. Similarly the method of creating the navigation bar is not prescribed, candidates may create a table using text and different icons, or they may use a navigation bar with an expanding/collapsing system of navigation or they could adapt/insert existing images. When creating their navigation bar, higher level candidates should adhere to the house style they identified in their plans. Above Pass level there must be evidence to show the use of a suitable file type. For Distinction level, candidates must also produce explicit evidence (eg using screenshots) of optimising their navigation bar. This might show some experimentation with different file types, resolution and quality settings in order to find the most appropriate settings without deteriorating the quality. Evidence of the navigation bar may be the final electronic file saved in a suitable file format or sufficient printouts to demonstrate the actual system produced. There is no need to show the techniques used.

 

they may use a navigation bar with an expanding/collapsing system

 

I used that but was told it was not enough because their were no pictures in the actual bar?

ictgoodpractice
ictgood ...
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But if you cannot go on training why has it not gone centrally to schools. I see my moderator once a year. I only found out about this forum last week !!

Keith C Parry
Keith C ...
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This is not an erratum.  The Unit 21 specification includes the following guidance regarding AO3:

Assessment Objective 3 requires candidates to produce a navigation bar that could be used on a website. The number of menu choices is not prescribed, instead candidates should consider suitability for purpose and audience. It is not intended that the navigation should give access to a huge number of pages; it should give a flavour of what could be included on it. Similarly the method of creating the navigation bar is not prescribed, candidates may create a table using text and different icons, or they may use a navigation bar with an expanding/collapsing system of navigation or they could adapt/insert existing images. When creating their navigation bar, higher level candidates should adhere to the house style they identified in their plans. Above Pass level there must be evidence to show the use of a suitable file type. For Distinction level, candidates must also produce explicit evidence (eg using screenshots) of optimising their navigation bar. This might show some experimentation with different file types, resolution and quality settings in order to find the most appropriate settings without deteriorating the quality. Evidence of the navigation bar may be the final electronic file saved in a suitable file format or sufficient printouts to demonstrate the actual system produced. There is no need to show the techniques used.

Note the part in bold.

The specification has not changed.  The clarification of what the requirement means has been consistently stated over numerous posts on the forum - and has been communicated via all Visiting Moderators, at training etc.

 

Keith C Parry OBE - RCC (NW)

 

ictgoodpractice
ictgood ...
Posts: 67

Why were schools not told about this directive !!! I was not a member of this group, with AQA this would have been sent as an erratum. Keith will you come and teach all the pupils to do this !!!

dougabrams
dougabrams
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Thanks for these comments. Very helpful...

Keith C Parry
Keith C ...
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This has been dealt with extensively and the advice above from Dave is correct.

Keith C Parry OBE - RCC (NW)

DaveFountain
DaveFou ...
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but if you don't have a few hours to spend the bottom line is;

1. Your moderator is correct and you will get nowhere appealing.

2. Your students need to add graphics in addition to the button backgrounds - many of mine added a 'home' picture and a 'magnifying glass' to the home and search links.

If I was still a moderator I would be sending the link a.king has posted to my centers as a 'heads-up' warning.

a.king
a.king
Posts: 93

If you have a spare couple of hours, you will want to read this....

http://social.ocr.org.uk/groups/ict/conversations/unit-21-new-spec-nav-bar#comment-3878