University of Edinburgh
 

Braille Competency Course Overall Evaluations 2008-09 Course

Grade 1 Braille route (3 months duration) had 10 students who commenced the course between April 2008 to March 2009; to date 8 have completed the course and the remaining two are due to complete by May. Of the completions for this route five have submitted Overall Evaluation Forms.

How would you rate the course? 1.2
(Excellent =1, Poor = 5)

How helpful did you find the following?

Introductory instructions

Clarity of explanations throughout

Braille reading exercises

Quantity of practice material

Feedback on assessments

Pacing of course (3 months to complete)

1.2

1.6

1.4

1.6

1.2

1.4

What was best about the course?

Working at my own pace.
Explanations were excellent throughout.
Very easy to follow, very well laid out.
The best thing for me was the impact it has had on the blind child I support. I now feel I can give her a much better teaching and learning experience.

What could have been better?

I would have liked some questions to answer in Braille in each sub-section.
Slightly more time.
Nothing everything was perfect.

Other comments:

Tutor support was excellent.
Good feedback.
I found the course very interesting, it was very intense but well worth it.
Fantastic course, with a very supportive tutor.

Grade 2 Braille route (18 months duration) 8 students enrolled between April and September 2008. Of this intake one has completed the course early and passed the Final Assessment, one has withdrawn and the remainder are on track to complete in the Autumn 2009 to Spring 2010.

The course is comprised of 12 stages and each stage has an evaluation form, however, not all students returned the stage evaluation forms; the responses of those who did were constructive and encouraging.

Stage Evaluation (Excellent/Just right =1, Poor = 5).

How helpful did you find the following?

Introductory instructions

Clarity of explanations throughout

Braille reading exercises

Quantity of practice material

Scoring re-time allocation for stages

2

2

2

2

1

Additional Comments from participants:

I enjoyed being able to put into practice each new stage.
I found Stages 9 and 10 very full and difficult to grasp.
The advice and constructive comments from the tutor were very helpful.

Overall Evaluation

The returned Overall Evaluation Forms produced the following results:

How would you rate the course? 1

How helpful did you find the following?

Introductory instructions

Clarity of explanations throughout

Braille reading exercises

Quantity of practice material

Feedback on assessments

Pacing of course (18 months )

2

2

2

2

1

1

What was best about the course?

I enjoyed all the course especially since I could progress at my own speed.
The tutor support especially her quick and efficient responses to queries and marking of assessments.
Being able to read actual Braille at the end of each stage was really good.

What could have been better?

I felt some of the later stages were a bit confusing.
I would have preferred more Braille examples in Stages 9 and 10.

Other comments:

I enjoyed being able to use the new Braille I had learned in my job.
It was difficult to fit the course alongside work commitments and needed to have time during the school day to allow me to complete some of the stages on time.

As a response to the course evaluations, additional exercises and Mock Stage Assessments, all with Braille transcriptions, have been added to the Grade 2 Braille course.

There are still students following the pre SQA validated course and 13 have completed and passed the final assessment in 2008-09 with a number yet to complete. A number of people choose to do the Assessment Only option because of existing experience and familiarity with Braille and 6 have been undertaken this year.