University of Edinburgh

SQA Braille Competency Course - Contracted completing April 2014 - March 2015

Number of Participants completing: 17*
Number of Respondents: 15

* includes a candidate from 2014-15 intake who completed early

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 use this for production of brailled materials as my service has a number of braille users progressing through schools.
I will use what I have learned daily with the blind students I support. (2)
In classroom with children who use braille and also to prepare/adapt work.
To benefit children with VI.
In my work with VI child who uses braille.
Hopefully I will be able to support blind children now.
In working with blind children in the future.
I will continue to work with a blind child in Key Stage 2, supporting his braille learning.
Working with students with visual impairment who will use UEB.
I will use it in my current job.
I am hoping to eventually teach adults or set up my own business. This will be in a couple of years.
Prepping braille work for visually impaired students.
To support pupils in my authority who are braille users.
Working with blind people.

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?

Getting to the end!
The tutor was absolutely fantastic. I knew that I could call or email her anytime and she would have time for me.
Learning new skills and gaining confidence when working with the children who use braille.
Experiencing/Learning a new skill. (2)
Enjoyed the full course. (3)
Breaking the course down into manageable stages. Mock assessment.
Clear, structured, logical. Time allowed good, especially for people who are working fulltime and doing the course in their own time.
Given plenty of time for each section. (2)
I really enjoyed learning this new skill and got lots of satisfaction from being able to turn text into braille.
Feedback from tutor.

What, if anything, could have been improved?

I found learning punctuations in the same section confusing. I would have preferred them to be introduced incrementally through the preceding stages.
Sometimes the reading was a bit boring (Anne of Green Gables) and towards the end, some of the rules were confused with UEB.
Would have liked to have had more materials to be able to check the passages that had been brailled.
Raised braille exercises often fell off end of paper, mistakes. Not enough transcribed materials to self-check.
More braille reading.
There were some (not many) mistakes on the printed material. I checked these with colleagues.
More examples in the letter sign and mathematical stages.
There were quite a few mistakes and braille errors in the course (3), which were confusing for participants. Needs further proof reading.
Some of the explanations were not clear enough sometimes.
Lots of contradictions in explanations and then examples.
I would have liked there to have been more braille answers to exercises so that I could check my work was correct more often.
More practice material.

Any other comments regarding the course?

I did get frustrated as there were errors and anomalies in the course materials. I did contact the tutor who always replied helpfully, but the errors inhibited my flow of learning.
I would have no hesitation recommending this course.
Some things had gone into UEB, which was confusing when checking work.
More print and braille to compare, but has to have no mistakes.
I found the final stages rushed due to summer holidays.
I have found it challenging but worthwhile. I ran out of time to braille out my mistakes but wrote as many as I could find out.
It was fine. Quite enjoyable. Needs to be 'perfect' if being used as a distance learning course, to avoid confusion for the learner.
I have thoroughly enjoyed the course and hope to continue to practise and improve.
it was good to have a tutor to answer my queries, and she gave me feedback on assessments very quickly, which I really appreciated.

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 would have preferred some interim 'informal' assessments, as due to the errors in the materials, I had in some cases been practising stages incorrectly for 6 or 8 weeks before I realised when I got feedback at the end of the stage. Explanations/rules which stated, "In general this follows the general rule except for when it doesn't for the general rule." were confusing and frustrating!
It was a perfect arrangement for me. (4)
Distance learning suits me as can study at own pace when and where time allowed.
Fine, but I only could do it 4 days as at another school on the 5th day. Need more than 1/2 hour daily.
Preferred distance, because you have to be self-motivated.
I did have some colleagues who took time to explain parts to me and I found this really helpful at times.
Depends on a person's individual circumstances. It's fine as distance learning, but needs to have no mistakes. However, it's good to have personal contact with others too, which I would have enjoyed.
I would have preferred a classroom environment, however, my tutor was supportive throughout the course. Thank you.
Perfect for me - fits around work and family.
Found distance learning ideal. Tutor was easily contactable by email.

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?

Co-ordinator/Line Manager: 11
Colleague: 2
Other: 1 (had done Grade 1)
No response: 2

What other SSC CPD training would you find useful?

I am currently undertaking professional development through an online/face-to-face course, but will look at the SSC training available for future possibilities.
Other braille training.
Updating of skills in technology, eg, Apex Braille Note-taker use.
Teaching UEB to secondary school students.
More maths.
Training in pre-Braille skills.