University of Edinburgh

SQA Braille Competency Course - Uncontracted April 2014 - March 2015

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 have already managed to put to use what I have learned so far. As a classroom assistant, the knowledge has been invaluable.
To support VI pupils I work with. (2)
I work within a sensory resource provision with students from 11-16 and in the near future we will have braillists attending.
Unfortunately, no braille users at the moment, but feel equipped and better able/placed to plan should a child require my input.
To produce material for students, course or exam.
With pupil in class. Inclusion, e.g. labelling materials, writing letters.
Work with partially sighed child with learning difficulties. Will transfer letters to reading books.
I will be working on a 1 to 1 basis with a child who is blind and needs to learn braille. I will also be supporting a VI teacher.
I will be able to support any braille users when they are added to my caseload.
Working with partially sighed and blind children, so hopefully enhance their learning and access to braille.
To make resources, and support a pupil using Grade 1 Braille.

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?

Seeing how much I was progressing over the weeks and being able to recognise the braille.
Developing my skills.
Access to tutor and speedy responses. Materials well garnered.
The ease of stages.
Being given the opportunity to learn something new.
The gradual introduction of material in the stages made it easy to understand.
Enjoyed learning the braille.
Clear to read.
I enjoyed learning the letter formations.
The practice examples were clear and easy to understand.
Clear direction. Good communication from course provider.
The pacing of the stages.

What, if anything, could have been improved?

There were a number of contradictory facts within the course learning materials.
Maybe more practice assessment pages.
The time allocated to practise within work.
The amount of reading in the raised braille material. I feel like I could have used more to help speed up my reading before the final assessment.
Some errors in course materials. Refer to I-Pad braille app for practise to save paper.
More time if you're working. I've had to share a brailler, so not had full time and paper arrived late.
More work on sums, punctuation. More comprehensions included towards the end.
Some contradictions in the work £ and P sign.

Any other comments regarding the course?

Have thoroughly enjoyed it.
A gradual progression experienced and sense of achievement working through the course.
No, I have been happy with this and any questions that I had were answered by email.
The course could be a bit longer, especially when considering braille typewriters and paper arriving late and other complications.
Exam missing page? Question paper, could not comprehend, sorry.
Mistakes in file page 52 - pound sign saying dot 6, dot 123 should be dot 4 - page 53 exercise 8 'L' twice for no reason.
I felt the timing between the first and final assessments was quite short, but this was probably due to the Christmas break.

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.

It was good. (4)
Distance suited very well. Was good to work from home. Access to internet and email beneficial.
Would have preferred someone to visit and clarify if doing things correctly or to give advice/tips.
I think I managed well learning on my own. However, I felt there could have been more direction given with regards to managing your braille typewriter, perhaps an online how-to video. Also, braille apps on the phone could be mentioned to help with learning.
I found the distance learning to be a great way of delivery/learning.
Distance learning was the most suitable method of completing this course for me. Being able to contact the tutor by email meant I received feedback very quickly.
For motivation would have been good to work with others. Found it hard to find time every day or on a regular basis.
No, all was fine. Tutor responded in good time.

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  


How did you hear about this course?

Course info/leaflet, SSC email: 1
Co-ordinator/Line Manager: 4
SSC eBulletin: 1
Colleague: 2
SSC Website: 1
Other: 1 (Tutor), 1 (Google)
No Response: 1

What other SSC CPD training would you find useful?

Further training with braille. (3)