University of Edinburgh

VI Specialist Technology: Using technology to access the curriculum

Presented on Friday 21 November 2008

Course evaluation summary

Number of Participants: 14
Number of Respondents: 14

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?

Advise Support for Learning Dept on possible new software. Be able to adapt some texts myself. After practice, be able to guide Class Assistants to use ICT.
Given me some really good ideas for using technology for adapting materials. I will need to spend time practising.
I will go back and start using scanner to produce books and maps.
I will implement use of technology to adapt resources for VI children.
I will use the technology to help adapt materials to have clearer layout to help the VI child to access the curriculum.
Better adaptation of materials. Pass on knowledge to colleagues.
To adapt materials for VI pupils and pass on information to other assistants.
To (eventually!) save time producing resources for the pupils I support.
To help me reproduce work given to me by teachers for visually impaired pupils to a better standard.
Feed back to colleagues.
I will use the info to simplify making resources, eg, placing the script of a play into a table. Also, I will do further research into Duxbury so that I can learn more about converting word documents into Braille.
Look into the resources and software currently in school and pass on information to the other staff within school.

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

Clarity of presentation


Pacing of course/event


What was best about the course/event?

Being shown 'options' in MS Office to use now to adapt text. Use of laptop and scanner for developing skills on the day.
Good new information.
The sheets of instructions for specific task etc. How to produce a scanned document.
Having access to the technology hands-on.
Explanation of  new converting programs and being able to use the same.
Learning about the different software and hardware (mouse).
Scanning documents for the first time! Sharing experiences with other Support for Learning Assistant.
Learning how to scan documents.
Improving my limited IT skills. Especially good to learn how to do the tables and finding out about the 'magnifying' mouse.
Learning how to use scanner and produce work in table format.
Very 'hands on.' Good opportunity to ask and discuss variety of 'real' issues.
The 'hands on' approach - actually getting to try things. I also enjoyed the fact that there was a step-by-step process to each concept.
Gaining information about different software.

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

Perhaps asking people to bring a problem or task along.
It would be good to have some more 'lists' of instructions (as for the scanner) on how to do some of the other functions we learned about today.
I know it is difficult to plan/calculate but to try and have more people with similar abilities on the course. I felt there was a wide range of people who had a lot of experience and others who did not have much ability.
It might have been useful to have a handout that featured the step-by-step process for each concept, eg; how to place info into a table and then remove the lines.
More opportunity to use software eg; Dolphin Easy. Also looking at using digital cameras.

Any other comments regarding the course?

Helpful advice shared from other professionals attending the course.
An ideal number of people. Enough to create discussion but not too many so felt free to ask questions.
I've put (3) for the first two criteria not because the course wasn’t good but because I've been doing scanning and file conversion for a while - so it didn’t really teach me anything new.
Very practical and very useful to have so much time to play on the computers and try things out.
It was my first course at the SSC and it was a good introduction.

Location and Venue

Convenient location for this course: No Response 7; Yes 7; No

Excellent = 1 Poor = 5

Convenience of venue


Quality of venue


Likely to attend if venue was used again:No Response3; Likely 11; Less Likely

How did you hear about this course?

SSC Website. (1)
SSC flyer. (4)
SSC Seminars and Workshops 2008-9 Programme. (1)
Via Principal Teacher/VI Teacher. (4)
Via School/Sensory Service. (3)
No response. (1)

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

How to adapt work.
I'm happy to access any course to keep me updated with any new technology which will enable me to support visually impaired pupils better.
I'm new to VI training, so I’d be interested in anything!

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