University of Edinburgh

SQA Braille Competency Course - Contracted completing April 2015 - March 2016

Number of Participants completing: 11
Number of Respondents: 11

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?

As a qualified teacher of the visually impaired (QTVI).
Use it everyday in my work.
I am training to be a teacher of the visually impaired, therefore this course is necessary to teach pupils Braille. It's also been useful for making resources for my pupils with no vision.
To develop my work practice as a PSA with the child I work with.
I work on a daily basis with a blind child, so I will use everyday to make materials in order for her to access the school curriculum.
I work with visually impaired children, so this course has been very beneficial.
If a Braille user comes in to my local authority, I would feel confident enough to teach it.
I will use it to teach Braille to my pupils.
Used during my working week to support braillists within schools and to prepare learning materials for lessons.
I will use this in my practice, whilst working with pupils who have a visual impairment.

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 answers to the brailled exercises.
Materials and support given by the tutor.
Useful to have the expectation of completing stage assessments - kept you going. Supervisor provided good prompt feedback.
Clear and interesting.
I enjoyed being able to contact the tutor via email for any queries. This really helped me, and her support was invaluable.
I knew I could always ask the tutor any question about the rules of Braille, and I would always have a reply quickly.
I enjoyed reading Braille more than the actual brailling.
Good pace of learning with easy access to tutor to offer additional advice when needed.
I enjoyed learning the different contractions and short forms, which I will now be able to use in my own practice.

What, if anything, could have been improved?

More brailled answers so you can check your answers.
The mock exam at the end of the course did not set me up for the final exam. The final exam was harder!
Some rules in the file were quite unclear.
I found the course materials excellent. However, during the final assessment I was asked to centre 12 colons after each part, which I hadn't been taught.
Some of the explanations - dash, hyphen, long dash.
I came across several discrepancies in the materials that I found confusing, but I have raised these.
More transcriptions of set tasks in order to check that what is being done is correct.

Any other comments regarding the course?

I would recommend the course to others wanting to learn Braille.
Very helpful comments on stage assessments.
Helpful, understanding tutor who responded to my requests for help.
Overall, very good course.

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 liked this delivery.
I found this a good arrangement, as I could work from home.
Yes - I didn't always email my tutor any queries I had, as I thought they were 'stupid'. I would have preferred asking the tutor personally.
Good arrangement, as distance to Edinburgh would have been prohibitive.
Distance learning was great for this particular course.
I found this useful. It made it easier to fit around work and everyday life.
A good arrangement.
This mode of delivery suited me due to work and family commitments.
Face to face meetings from time to time would be good. We are lucky, as we have other colleagues who were able to help.
With working, distance learning worked well.
This worked very well for me personally.

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: 8
Colleague: 2
Other: 1 (Edinburgh University)

What other SSC CPD training would you find useful?

Teaching Braille to young pupils - especially those with additional support needs. How should it be taught? - like teaching a 'sighted' child to read?
Perhaps Braille skills updates to stop from forgetting over time.
I'd like to look at the technical material in closer detail and gain an understanding of how to use Braille effectively for math and science in school materials. Not sure if this is an SSC course though.
Different methods of adapting braille resources for pupils in primary and secondary schools.