University of Edinburgh

"Braille is not a language, it is another way to read and write a language."

Thursday 23 November 2006

Course evaluation summary

Number of Participants: 13
Number of Respondents: 13

Overall Assessment:

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

• Enhancement to your expertise






• Content and supplementary material






How will you use what you have learned today?
Transition info will be particularly useful.
To inform specialist Rehab/Mobility Workers in my area; to add to my own teaching of adults, and be prepared for any children I may teach in the future.
Good tips for starting to each Braille to a large print user.
I'll use some of the ideas for working with pre-5 children.  I'll show my colleagues [TVIs and classroom assistants] the handouts and tell them what I have learned.
Discuss with colleagues re transitional info and forms that we are currently preparing.
2 Braille users in authority.
Everyday work with families.
Contact Jordanhill for advice/equip.  Contact person re books which have already been transcribed.
Pass on to staff the amount of time and resources needed and techniques used.
I am about to start the PG Diploma course and found the content and material excellent.
Will share information with the other members of team, it has answered many of our concerns and questions on how to approach the early stages of teaching Braille.
To rethink which skills will be needed to provide support for the child in my class.
Pass on information to others in my team.

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

• Clarity of presentation






• Pacing of course/event






What was best about the course/event?
Speakers interesting and easy to listen to.
Informed and interesting speakers.  Learning how many others are involved in teaching Braille to children - and the need for more qualified staff.
Hearing about how other QTVIs are teaching Braille.  Learning lots of practical tips.
Practical ideas given for teaching Pre Braille skills.  It was good to see resource both produced and teacher made.
Info on transition from primary to secondary.
Enjoyable presentations, networking.  Useful hints and strategies.
Lorna's talk and video.  It was excellent.


Afternoon session was most relevant.
Teaching Braille - Primary Focus - excellent.
The screen and lighting were very comfortable - given I have an impairment in one eye.
Clear direction on supporting a child who may need to be taught Braille.  All the speakers were excellent.  Thank you.
Discovering two ways of Braille - Grade 1 and 2.
Presentation on transition issues [Christine Stones].

What, if anything, could have been improved about the course?
I thought there would have been more info on the actual teaching of BI - how to present materials/adapt materials.
Perhaps an understanding of Braille [a "difference" between Grades 1 and 2] by all participants a pre-requisite.  Another session for those wanting to know more fundamental facts re Braille.
More time for discussion.
Reduce introduction session.
Delivered a little slower [I appreciate that I was inexperienced in comparison to others].
Some speakers were better than others.  For me, I was unaware of the differences in provision from RNIB and SSC.  A fuller explanation for those with no experience would have been beneficial
I would have preferred more specific information on teaching Braille, its layout, examples of good practice, pitfalls, etc.

Any other comments regarding the course?

Thank you - very interesting, nice lunch. Good to see so much self-produced material and meet other participants [not enough opportunity to meet more].
Excellent course.
It was good hearing speakers with so much practical experience.
Annual Braille courses for updating knowledge.
Would have appreciated more on braille in relation to children in mainstream education.
An excellent day thank you!
The course title did not fit the content of the course. I understood that there would be an introduction to Braille code. Continued abbreviations for important words quite frustrating.
I felt that the content of the course did not reflect the title or written description on the flyer.  The pre-braille section was interesting but I did not expect this to be included in today's course.

Location and Venue

Convenient location for this course: No Response 2; Yes 10; No  1

Excellent = 1; Poor = 5

Convenience of venue


Quality of venue


Likely to attend if venue was used again:  No Response 2; Likely 11; Less Likely 0
What other CPD training would you like the SSC to provide?

A similar day for those involved in teaching adults.  Have to know what's already available first - anything of interest to Rehab/Mobility workers working with those with sight loss.
Blind pupils in secondary! Practical subjects - strategies.
Courses on Braille maths at primary and secondary level.  Layout, resources, tactile materials, etc.

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