University of Edinburgh
 

SQA Braille Competency Course Grade 2 April 2009 - March 2010

Number of Participants completing: 18
Number of Respondents: 4

Overall Assessment:

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

Enhancement to your expertise

1

Content and supplementary material

1.75

Inclusion of raised Braille material

1.75

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

I will use what I have learned in the job I am doing, I work with children with a visual impairment making up resources ie large print or books in Braille. This course helps me when checking the books in Braille.
With work to teach/support blind and visually impaired pupils.
My VI son is in P1 - I will use what I've learned to support his learning throughout his schooling.
To teach Braille to new learners and produce adapted materials in Braille format.

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

Clarity of explanations

1.5

Quantity of practice material

1.75

Assessment feedback

1

Pacing of stages

1.5

What was best about the course?

Learning to read and write Braille, it was really interesting. Assessments were frightening at first glance but once you learn the basics it wasn't as hard as first thought. I can write Braille better than reading it, still a bit sticky at reading, improving with practice.
Very involved. Broken into good stages.
The stages were clear and well organised. Each part contained plenty of challenge, but was manageable within the 6 week timescale.
The course materials were good enough to allow completion of the course with minimum support.

What, if anything, could have been improved?

More solutions to the exercises.

Any other comments regarding the course?

I would recommend this course to anyone - I really found it interesting.
On practice materials only - some had the 'answers' to compare Braille with. It would have helped to have all the solutions as you maybe wouldn't realise where you had missed a contraction.
I found the overview, reference-type sheets very useful through the learning process - where I would see at a glance lots of different types of contractions. Maybe more of these would be useful?

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 thought distance learning was good, as you can learn at your own pace; you are not set to a strict timetable ie 9-5. I did most of my studying in the evening when I felt most relaxed.
This method was fine for me as I have colleagues I could ask questions to. Perhaps otherwise it could have been more awkward.
This suited me ideally. I was free to organise my own time, but had fast support from my tutor via email if I needed it.
This was an excellent arrangement as I couldn't have got time off to attend tutorials and could plan my own learning timetable.

Overall distance learning experience

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

Quality of learning materials

1.5

Feedback and support from tutor

1

Overall timescale for course

1.5

SSC Website

Have you made use of the website? If Yes,


FREQUENCY

 

HELPFUL

Weekly

Monthly

Less Often

No Response

Yes

 No 

No Response

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1

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3

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How did you hear about this course?

Co-ordinator/Line Manager. (2)
Colleague. (1)
Other: VI Support Teacher. (1)

What other SSC CPD training would you find useful?

Perhaps a '1 year on' refresher course?
Books for All was our next main interest, but you already cover that.