Lets make teachers lives even more difficult and maybe limit use of open source software

From NZQA website… “Evidence presented on USB flash drives will not be moderated due to security and virus transmission risks.” Further… “Use only CD-R or DVD-R disks. Be sure (i.e. test that) the disk can be read in another device.If using a DVD-R, please specify if it is used as a Video disk or as a Data disk. Do not send Blueray discs, Hi8, DV or MiniDV tapes, or HD files.” From….  http://www.nzqa.govt.nz/qualifications-standards/qualifications/ncea/subjects/preparing-digital-visual-submissions-for-moderation/ Hmmmm let me get this right, NZQA can’t work out a safe way to moderate work provided on USB’s… that makes it hard to supply evidence using the XAMPP open source portable stack. Surely there is a better way than making yet another problem for teachers. In theory: if NZQA cannot moderate, we cannot use. I bet they can moderate MS Access databases. Have they not heard of segregated networks?  Anyway, I suspect a virus can come from a CD-R disk … best practice would be to run anti-virus software over all files supplied by schools. I hope they use browsers other than IE9 otherwise they won’t be able to moderate web pages either! (After all we do teach HTML5 and CSS3) Excuse the rant but this pi$$e$ me off  annoys me.

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7 Responses to Lets make teachers lives even more difficult and maybe limit use of open source software

  1. David McNab says:

    wtf?! as long as they have autorun disabled, how the hell can a usb drive impose any greater security risk than a CD, DVD, email attachment…

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  2. Gerard says:

    I have been struggling with this statement from NZQA. I see this as being a way to stop some of the creativity that is needed in this subject area. Working through I think I have to change all .pptx file to .ppt, I am worried about access and it no longer being a .mdb file, instead it is now a .ACCDB file and I don’t think I can make it backwards compatible. I have just done a mysql database for as2.41 and I am now worried that they will not be able to open it and check it, am I going to have to provide details on how to open, run, and do queries in mySQL?

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  3. Yuri de Groot says:

    NZQA is not qualified to assess our future IT professionals.

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  4. Mark Foster says:

    Read-Only media also ensures the material is ‘as submitted’. There’s plenty of industry examples where CDR’s are an approved form of data transfer for that reason. AntiVirus scans are still performed.

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  5. Danyl Strype says:

    “Anyway, I suspect a virus can come from a CD-R disk … best practice would be to run anti-virus software over all files supplied by schools.”

    Or just replace Windows with an operating system which isn’t fundamentally flawed, so viruses aren’t a threat… 😉

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  7. Gerard says:

    A new document has been released, USB Sticks are now allowed to be used to hand in moderation resources again. Sense has prevailed.

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