University of Edinburgh

SQA Braille Competency Course Grade 1 April 2012 - March 2013

Number of Participants completing: 12
Number of Respondents: 12

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 will now progress onto Level 2 for doing my Diploma Post Grad after the summer.
With children who require brailling or staff training and supporting teachers.
I work with 2 children who are at the early stages of learning braille - I work with them 1:1 and prepare resources.
To help me to teach children braille.
Working with a pupil who is just beginning to learn braille.
I hope to use braille in the course of my work with blind children.
I am working with a child who is partially sighted, so this will help immensely.
Personal development. With pupils I support.
To support pupils in school.
During my work place.
I hope to progress to Grade 2 next month if I am successful and pass Grade 1.

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 raised braille materials.
Distance learning.
Well organised and easy to follow. Some good advice to improve performance.
Practice sessions giving lots of opportunities to improve typing braille and checking own work.
New skills.
Enjoyed being able to more or less proceed at my own pace.
I enjoyed the rate at which the difficulty and content of the course developed.
I liked the way it was set at a pace I could follow.
Pace and timing of course worked well for me.
Having a timescale of 3 months to complete, it had to be done.
Given a rigid timescale to complete it in, ensured you were focused.
Learning something new, practical and useful for my job in School. I felt like a 'code breaker'. I have really enjoyed the course.

What, if anything, could have been improved?

Clarity to explanations in Assessment and pack.
Less transcription, more own words.
Time to practice, challenging because I work full time.
Some more reading comprehension exercises with questions to be answered.
I am profoundly deaf - instructions hard to understand.
There were several grammar mistakes in the revision notes, which did distract me. Also explanations could have been better. It wasn't made clear that I did not have to put a space between a functional sign (eg +, -) and then a '' sign straight afterwards eg 2.00 +[space]3.00.
Distance learning makes it more difficult to ask questions and check you're doing the right thing.
Some of the practice material had errors, therefore questioning my judgement/confidence.
Some of the materials had errors that were a little confusing.
More exercises using punctuation and numericals.

Any other comments regarding the course?

Although it has been hard work it has been a rewarding experience.
Thoroughly enjoyed the course. Very prompt feedback from tutor to assessment.
Email contact with tutor for deaf students.
Easy to follow.
Straightforward and easy to follow.
I think the course is a bit too intense; I think a 4 month course (and actually allowing 3 months, before the mid stage assessment) might mean that I really 'know' Braille - it does feel a bit like 'cramming'.

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 like this method as I could fit it around my work.
This has been a good arrangement and it has suited me.
Yes (more email).
Again, enjoyed this mode of delivery.
Having undertaken distance learning before, I was quite happy with this method of delivery. I knew what was expected of me.
It worked out well for me.
It worked well for me. I had difficulties with the brailler jamming occasionally - it would have been helpful to have someone check if that was down to me!
Good arrangement. (2)
I did enjoy this arrangement; it allowed me to fit the course around my other commitments.

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

Have you made use of the website? If Yes,





Less Often

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How did you hear about this course?

SSC Courses Brochure. (1)
Co-ordinator/Line Manager. (7)
Colleague. (2)
SSC Website. (1)
No response (1)

What other SSC CPD training would you find useful?

May consider Grade 2 course in the future.
Any information on pre-Braille skills.
BSL Level 1.
Multisensory impairment/DeafBlind training.
Hope to commence Grade 2 Braille next month.