University of Edinburgh

Access Technology for Children and Young People with Visual Impairment

Tuesday and Wednesday 14 & 15 March 2006

Course evaluation summary

Number of Participants: 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


How will you use what you have learned today?
I will use it every day directly in my work and also in advising other teachers and pupils.
To identify most appropriate resource, and have an understanding of what they do/how they do it.
With pupils - to provide range of up-to-date/appropriate equipment for them to trial. For own information. To take back to a parent.
If funding is available will be able to use some of the equipment with the students I work with.
With students who have low vision, to enhance their technology skills and access to text and internet.
Re-read handouts and explore websites suggested. Recommend items to the authority for VI pupils. Practise with various items.
I will now have confidence to go back and try out Jaws, and Windows Key Commands.
Looking forward to becoming more familiar with keyboard shortcuts and using them with two of my current pupils.
To pass information about different types of technology available onto others.
We have Jaws in the school but I have never looked at it - I will now try it out.
I now have an idea of some of the aids available and what drawbacks they may have.

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

Clarity of presentation


Pacing of course/event


What was best about the course/event?
The round-table format which allowed us to network and share ideas. The fact that it ran for 2 days gave us a chance to cover a great deal.
The availability of the hardware and software to "have a go" with. Jo's expertise and knowledge.
New equipment - info update - meeting other people - hearing their ideas.
See the range of technology which is available. Information regarding websites for programmes which can be downloaded to try before buying.
Range of technology explored, and diversity of products in each category.
Chance to update on latest technology. Opportunity to catch up with other VI teachers and hear of how they have used equipment to find solutions for pupils.
Jo was so knowledgeable and helpful - it gave me confidence and hopefully in the future if I have any problems I could approach for help.
A good balance between explanation and hands-on.
Knowledge of presenter and explanations that were simple.
Finding out the various pieces of equipment and software available.
To see all the equipment we saw over the two days and to have some chances to try out the equipment/software ourselves.

What, if anything, could have been improved about the course?
Would have been helpful if everyone could have had access to a computer to try things out as Jo explained them on overhead.
The pacing - too much information and not enough time to try hands-on practice.
Pace was necessarily fast, and longer than 2 days not feasible for getting off timetable, but there was a lot to take in. Would separation into Braille/non Braille be possible?
Perhaps some idea of prior knowledge would have allowed Jo to tailor the course more to individual needs.

Any other comments regarding the course?
Very friendly, relaxed atmosphere was very important in an area where we may have been concerned about making mistakes.
Thought there was going to be a section on assessment of pupils' technology needs - it would be useful for Jo to take us through the process.
Good opportunity to network and find out how other members of RNIB team can help support me and my students.
Jo, as always, helpful and hospitable.
It was paced quite fast for me but not so fast I was lost. I learned a lot about the subjects being discussed and more important, gained confidence.
A very useful, relevant and practical course, thank you.
I found some of day 2 too much of a sitting. I ended up with a pain in my lower back. Some of the computer work was above my level and it was obvious that to have held back group would have had a detrimental effect. Perhaps a little too much time watching a screen which was showing a computer doing its work.

Location and Venue
Convenient location for this course: No Response2; Yes 8; No 1

Excellent = 1; Poor = 5

Convenience of venue


Quality of venue


Likely to attend if venue was used again: No Response 1; Likely 10; Less Likely

What other CPD training would you like the SSC to provide?
Practical training on creating and using tactile diagrams.
Technology for MDVI children.
Technology - assessment process.
Courses on access technology and especially programmes which can be used with MDVI children.  In addition other general courses which can be used to enhance my teaching experience when working with VI pupils.
MDVI - technology and assessment of vision.  VI - regular updates of technology, if possible separate days/courses for Braille/non Braille.  Functional assessment of vision updates on technique.  Information on eyes/visual condition/understanding spectacle prescriptions, etc . . . .
MDVI technology.
Not sure at moment.
Braille technology.  MDVI specific technology.  Communication aids.
Due to beginning the Braille course there will be an 18 month lapse in me attending courses as I am told that the above course is very demanding.

Outcomes Assessment

If you are a teacher, how would you rate this course in relation to the following "Chartered Teacher Standard" components: Very useful = 1; not useful = 5

your professional values and personal commitment


your professional knowledge and understanding


your professional and personal attributes