University of Edinburgh

SQA Braille Competency Course Grade 1 April 2010 - March 2011

Number of Participants completing: 17
Number of Respondents: 16

Overall Assessment:

How would you rate the following: Excellent = 1, Poor = 5

Enhancement to your expertise


Content and supplementary material


Inclusion of raised Braille material


How will you use what you have learned in this course?

I am going to be doing Primary teaching and am hoping that these skills will help if I ever have a visually impaired child in my class.
Try and find suitable employment and experience. I better understand the challenges that Braille users and visually impaired people are faced with.
To support Braille users in our authority and as a stepping stone to developing my Grade 2 Braille skills and knowledge.
To support a visually impaired pupil.
Support children with early Braille.
During my work.
I work with blind and visually impaired children so this work has and will continue to be invaluable to me.
To support children in my Local Authority in curriculum and mobility.
I will use what I have learned on this course within my work environment.
To support children with visual impairments.

How would you rate the following: Excellent = 1, Poor = 5

Clarity of explanations


Quantity of practice material


Assessment feedback


Pacing of stages


What was best about the course?

The course material was very clear and easy to follow and the course tutor was extremely kind and helpful.
Going through to Edinburgh for the tuition and picking up the Perkins brailler. Morag teaching us some basic skills in using the Perkins brailler. Morag gave me some good contact details in Glasgow which I followed up but they didn't reply to my posted letters.
Tutor support.
Distance learning and plenty of time to complete.
Each section built on prior skills acquired. You could learn at your own pace.
Step by step introduction.
The support I received from the tutors was second to none.
The sequence of the course and progression into numbers.
Achieving each stage and knowing I had the understanding.
Really enjoyed learning a new skill.
Having the ability to pace it yourself.
I was given time to get extension keys for Brailler due to my arthritis.
Clearly laid-out materials and explanations which allows for independent study.
Very easy to contact the tutor and always very quick to respond.
Having someone to contact when I had any questions or queries.
Working through the course at my own pace. Also knowing that the tutor was at the end of the phone or email.

What, if anything, could have been improved?

Try and link in with employment and experience.
More braille to read - especially when completed the Assessment tasks.
Variation in tasks; they did get a little dull.
The content often had letters in it which hadn't been taught ie a - k letters (then there was the introduction of a letter further in the alphabet).
More assessments to practise.
More practice materials.
Communication between tutor/pupils was not clear that Stage 1 assessment needed to be in earlier.
Getting exam papers on time - problem with Royal Mail.
Perhaps a few more comprehension exercises to practise answering questions.
Within the information it was mentioned that the assessment stage needed to be completed by May, with no specific date given. This was however confirmed by the tutor very promptly.
Could perhaps be a bit clearer to avoid any unnecessary concern.

Any other comments regarding the course?

I think even if you haven't got a specific reason for doing the course it is still such a great skill to have.
I wrote to the course organiser regarding career opportunities and advice and await a reply.
The exam was challenging but very worthwhile. Direction regarding employment would make the money that I spent seem well spent.
Thanks ever so much.
Excellent responses in terms of timeliness from tutor.
Details of course tutor need updating in the manual.
I have thoroughly enjoyed this course and have found the support offered to me fantastic.
Struggled with time limits, but really enjoyed during the course.
I really enjoyed this course and am amazed when I look back, how much I have learnt!

Distance Learning

This course was delivered through distance learning - did you find this a good arrangement or would you have preferred a different mode of delivery? Please comment either way.

I loved the distance learning because I could fit it in during my day and go at my own pace.
Distance learning was wonderful - very well supported and great to access at times to suit me individually.
Excellent mode of delivery.
I really enjoyed learning Grade 1 Braille via the distance learning method. I am now looking forward to advancing to undertake Grade 2.
I found this arrangement to be very good!
I had no contact from the tutor whilst on the course.
Managed ok, but would prefer to learn in a classroom environment with a tutor.
This arrangement worked well for me as it allowed me to work at the time and place that suited me.
I really enjoyed this method of learning.

Overall distance learning experience

How would you rate the overall learning experience? Excellent = 1, Poor = 5

Quality of learning materials


Feedback and support from tutor


Overall timescale for course


SSC Website

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How did you hear about this course?

SSC Courses Brochure. (2)
Colleague. (6)
SSC Website. (2)
No response (4)
Other: Internet (1)
Other: Teacher (1)

What other SSC CPD training would you find useful?

When I get regular work with a Brailler user, I will do further courses.
Grade 2 Braille.
Would like to progress to Level 2.
More materials for practising read and typing Braille; story books etc.
BSL Level 3.