University of Edinburgh

Issues and Strategies for Visually Impaired Learners

Tuesday 7 March 2006

Course evaluation summary

Number of Participants: 28; Number of Respondents: 28

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?
Low Vision Aids (LVA) input.
Practical strategies to use in classroom.
Have given me some more knowledge. I will have to assess how to employ it.
Hopefully to enhance the teaching of VI pupils in mainstream schools. To push for greater LVA Clinic involvement in my area.
To provide info to others and how visual aids may be transferable to other educational settings.
Thro' talks and use of LVAs, have been reminded how important it is to put ourselves in the learners' shoes.
Assignment and daily practice.
In my daily practice.
I will use information about Low Vision Aids to observe/assess and try and improve my support to pupils who are using such equipment.
Disseminate the knowledge learned.
Discuss what I learned today with my colleagues.
As I work with pupils who are MDVI not able to use aids available today but will request more regular assessments.
Review some approaches working with VI individuals in classroom - exploring objects, time given and orientating within spaces. Much of low vision aids are not appropriate for my pupils but is interesting to have awareness of what is available.
Everything was relevant.
The information from today's course will be invaluable in my daily work with VI pupils.
I will take all the info back to my working colleagues and discuss it with them then take it from there.
Take forward some of the information/techniques to use/trial in my day-to-day work supporting VI pupils.
Interesting day but unfortunately at the moment not relevant in my teaching position.
Look at local procedures for transition stages. Find out more about local arrangements for LVA clinics.
To develop use of LVAs.
Work on ways to make my pupils more self reliant. Get my main pupil appointment at Low Vision Clinic. Look at technology for viewing whiteboard.
Add it to what I already know to develop my teaching practice.
Improved contacts with other VI teachers, services in Scotland.
Indirectly in personal and professional development.
Investigate SSC website/RNIB/download Vicki Logan's info.

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

p> Clarity of presentation


Pacing of course/event


What was best about the course/event?
LVA and hands-on experience.
Enjoyed and profitable in future work.
Networking - information about some of the aids etc.
Informative on LVAs. Chance to meet with fellow VI teachers and share experience.
Info on visual aids and application/use. Profile of Scottish children also very interesting.
1) It gave a good overall picture of aspects of VI education in Scotland. 2) Access to key players - VI education in Scotland.
Info about LVAs.
Relevant content to my role as Teacher of the Visually Impaired. Opportunity to liaise with others who are also working with pupils with range of visual impairments in other local authorities.
All of it was very good.
Practical activity was useful.
Found all parts interesting especially Borders Project.
Mary Lee input met the needs of my pupils' group. John Ravenscroft's focus was interesting also as a national overview.
It would be hard to pick out which area was best. The Borders project was really interesting as was the work undertaken by VIS. However I needed consolidation on LVA's as well. Videos were also relevant and useful.
Meeting and discussing issues and strategies used by other VI teachers in different areas.
All of it was good.
The profile of Scottish VI Children (John Ravenscroft)/Scottish Borders Project Presentation (Vicki Logan).
Profile of Scottish VI Children. Good overall view. Visual impairment and early development needs.
Practical aspects
Very practical in terms of people talking about real practice and what happens in your/their daily work.
Good handouts, clear information.
Hands-on experience of visual aids.
Having the opportunity to hear experts and fellow VI teachers talk about their experiences and their solutions to difficulties.
Knowledge given by VI Scotland and School for Blind.
Overview of Scottish VI pupils was excellent and filled a gap for me.
Scottish Borders Project.
The knowledge of presenters and I am sure they would provide further information if contacted.

What, if anything, could have been improved about the course?
Timekeeping was a problem - is it that there was too much being covered in one day?
1) Provision of either paper for notetaking or photocopies of Powerpoints (particularly Vicki Logan's). 2) Smaller groups to discuss issues raised. 3) Larger room to allow movement when looking at LVAs.
Bibliography at onset. Pace - sometimes a lot of information in one day! ie; Blind School, SSC Course.
A great deal of sitting listening - many more hands-on.
More reference to MDVI pupils - environment, presentation of objects, position of lighting.
More input for MDVI level of pupil. Environmental issues, ob. of ref presentation, orientation within spaces and approaches to routine activities (eating, drinking) for MDVI (pupils).
Larger room for the number of participants. Something to lean on for writing.
Would have welcomed more input from Mary Lee re pupils with ASN (MGS, Objects of Reference).
Room was quite crowded. More space would be nice.
Powerpoint: hard copy of notes for all presentations. Handouts accompanying video presentations.
Speakers rushed.
A more varied presentation.
Pace of delivery.
Perhaps having LVAs in separate room for use at break - room was cramped and made it time-consuming for everyone to try them.
Thought there would be more input on strategies. More practical tips on working with VI pupils.
Room was too small for the practical hands-on activity. The low vision aids video plus questions may have allowed more time for Vicki Logan questions.

Any other comments regarding the course?
Food good - venue good - travel map excellent.
A worthwhile day, reinforcing a lot I know already.
Relevant to my own ongoing personal and professional development.
Overall, it was a well balanced course - informative and interesting.
Videos too lengthy.
Video was very specific to one part of group - Post Graduate students? Very academic.
Very enjoyable and valuable.  Many thanks.
Good chance to network with other VI colleagues.
Useful; informative; thought-provoking; good!
Heavy going!
All very interesting and potentially useful.
I appreciate that authorities are reluctant to release funds therefore these events can be too full - I certainly would consider the diploma in the future. A very interesting day - thank you.

Location and Venue (SSC)
Convenient location for this course: No Response 4; Yes 22; No 2

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

Convenience of venue


Quality of venue


Likely to attend if venue was used again: No Response 3; Likely 24; Less Likely 1

What other CPD training would you like the SSC to provide?
Doing some - will know more when I have been in service more.
1) I would be very interested in a course which looks at CPVI from an educationalist viewpoint. Gordon Dutton is excellent but is a medic (albeit with an excellent insight into education). There is knowledge out there about how to deal with problems in maths, reading and across the curriculum . . . . I need to access it! Gordon is making/has made a video with CPVI kids - might be worth a look although it is aimed at medics. 2) Any course highlighting VI kids who are in schools/units for severe and complex difficulties. 3) Dual sensory impairment.
Training on how to train pupils to use LVAs.
Focus on MDVI pupils.
Approaches in teaching MDVI pupils.
Training in LVAs.

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