University of Edinburgh

SSC Course 14: Disorders of Vision in Children

Presented on Monday, 14th November 2016

Courses evaluation summary

Number of Participants: 13
Number of Respondents: 12

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?

Understanding the medical underpinning to e.g. Cerebral Visual Impairment (CVI) has made it much easier to understand the visual needs of children with CVI.
Read up more about the various conditions and how I can support children with them.
Will feel more confident in reading orthoptic reports/speaking to them for colleagues.
Be more aware of glasses prescription and what they are used for.
Gives me a little more understanding of reports I am reading and of children's difficulties.
Re-read my caseload files to get a better understanding of eye conditions.
Better understanding of orthoptic reports. Will add some things to VI course.
Good apps recommended for functional visual assessments (FVAs).
I will follow it up with reading and viewing YouTube video, try out iPad apps, etc.

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

Clarity of presentation



Pacing of course/event



What was best about the course/event?

Clear explanations, although I think my lack of prior knowledge made it harder for me to understand the afternoon session as well.
I particularly enjoyed the neurological info, but all very useful.
Lots of information.
Very informative although a little fast.
Afternoon session. Deeper understanding of conditions.
Gaining an understanding of some language used on orthoptic reports.
Variety of conditions covered - general overview. Lots of information will require follow up reading.
Dr Blaikie was an excellent speaker. Easy to listen to and informative.
Informative, interesting content.
Very relevant, focussed information vital to my role as a VS teacher. Very well presented. I found out so much today and want to follow it up with personal reading. Thoroughly enjoyed it.
Having the opportunity to ask questions to people more qualified.

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

So interesting it could have been twice as long!
I was worried about missing info in the morning due to fast pace. How to spell some of the conditions, for example.
Was a lot for the presenter to fit in and for me to keep up with. Email copies of presentations to go over will help.
More time - I know this isn't always possible.
Morning session was very fast and medical terms that were not easy to understand.
Copy of Dr Blaikie’s PowerPoint. Glossary of terms - possibly given first thing or before course.
Lots of very technical info in the afternoon that was not always translated into plain English. Slide in the afternoon were not VI friendly. Black text on dark blue background!!
More focus on a few common visual impairments.
I would have liked a handout or copy of morning PowerPoint - a labelled brain diagram would have helped me to 'keep up' with the presenter's excellent morning presentation. Overall, the information was presented a little too quickly. I'm new to job and have found it a great course.

How did you hear about this course?

Course Info Email from SSC: 7
Co-ordinator/Line Manager: 2
SSC eBulletin: 1
Colleague: 2

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

Weekend/evening training so that it's easier to attend.
Further training on technology for VI children.
VI technology assessment training.