University of Edinburgh

Understanding the diagnosis: Childhood visually impairing conditions

Presented on Thursday 1 November 2007

Course evaluation summary

Overall Assessment:

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

  • Enhancement to your expertise 1.8
  • Content and supplementary material 1.87

How will you use what you have learned today?

Pass on info to other staff as required. Increases own knowledge.
To enhance previous knowledge about eye conditions that the children on my case-load may present with.
By giving me a greater background/depth to my knowledge and hence improve my confidence with working with VI children.
I will use information to guide more research into VI conditions of children I am working with and use this to inform teaching strategies.
Go back through powerpoint on website and print out for distribution and discussion with staff.
Inform my own practice - one or two new points. Work towards better joint assessment arrangements through Eye Care Review Working Group.
Improve understanding of conditions of the children I teach. Valuable information for children I may work with in the future.
Go back to work and discuss with my team what was said and shown today and all the information that was given today.
Report back to team re new research, etc, linked to eye conditions.
Provided good insight.
I came as a parent of visual impairment so will use it to help my child in his development and service users.
Apart from being interesting in itself, it ties in very nicely with the online CVI course.
I will use what I've learnt today in my practice at work.
In terms of my understanding of various conditions within my school, to expand my ideas and materials used in relation to the understanding of the diagnosis; the conditions and the capabilities
of the children.

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

  • Clarity of presentation 1.54
  • Pacing of course/event 1.86

What was best about the course/event?

Layman's terms for describing conditions - made it far easier to understand.
Referrals made to case studies and illustrations of specific eye conditions.
Relaxed presentation.
The volume of information.
Relevance to practice. Haven't attended a course covering childhood impairment diagnosis before.
Range of information and the way in which technical medical information was made very accessible.
All of it.
Down to earth presentation and good explanations re implications of VI treatments, etc.
Understanding and looking at pictures of how eyes are affected by several conditions.
Small group made it easier to ask questions and the slower pace welcomed.
The visual assessment material.
Very practical, down-to-earth approach with lots of illustrations in all sessions.
I enjoyed ocular causes of visual impairment part one. However, I can relate both parts with the young people I work with.
The terminology used.

What, if anything, could have been improved about the course?

Some handouts would have been useful.(4) Flipping through slides a bit irritating at times.
More time - some eye conditions merited more discussion.
Assessment of MDVI/CVI children would be better than 'ocular' assessment.
I like getting copies of powerpoint to 'scribble' on during the talk.
As being blind myself, explaining in more detail of overhead projector images.
More practical/interactive stuff, eg, practical demonstration of visual assessment materials.
I would have liked to have seen more demonstrations, and materials used in assessing visual impairment.

Any other comments regarding the course?

Informative and very useful - helped to clarify info I already had from previous courses.
Thank you for an extremely informative and comprehensive presentation.
Very informative and enjoyable.
Would have been good in smaller sections, broken up by group discussions/more moving around.
Assumed too much prior medical knowledge.
Handouts to refer to throughout referring to the presentation. A practical aspect would be good if possible to incorporate.
Good visual material and not too much written material.

Location and Venue

Convenient location for this course: No Response 5; Yes 10; No

Excellent = 1; Poor = 5

  • Convenience of venue 2.07
  • Quality of venue 1.87

Likely to attend if venue was used again: No Response 0; Likely 15; Less Likely 0

What other CPD training would you like the SSC to provide?

Strategies for working with MDVI
Use of sensory room.
Keep a rolling programme of similar events so that other members of the team can attend.
Braille Teaching.
ICT for VI Pupils.
More 'hands on' practical, eg, doing functional visual assessments on each other. More ideas of how to help children with these syndromes.
I would like more CPVI which makes use of the varied expertise of practising professionals whose jobs are linked to mine but of which I have no direct experience.
A session on assessment and visual aids.
This is the first course I have attended since becoming a teacher of VI children and I look forward to attending other courses in the future to further my knowledge, as I find the area of VI very interesting.

Outcomes Assessment
Chartered Teacher Standard components:

Very useful = 1; not useful = 5

  • your professional values and personal commitment 1.73
  • your professional knowledge and understanding 1.45
  • your professional and personal attributes 1.73