University of Edinburgh

Focus on Maths/Science: Tactile Diagrams

Held on Monday 22 September 2008

Course evaluation summary

Number of Participants: 10
Number of Respondents: 10

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?
I am working with a Braille user in maths and physics and I will use this knowledge directly with my pupil.
Prep of materials for blind pupils.
I will be able to make more use of cork board/pins elastic band technique and also other tactile tools.
In developing the possibilities for the Special Education Support Service (SESS) in Ireland to provide training and courses for teachers in Ireland. Possibly with the assistance of the SSC? - training for teachers in mainstream and special schools is needed in Ireland.
Development of tactile diagrams: will be used more often.
To share with the teachers I support in the teaching and learning of students with special Educational Needs.
To help me improve the standard of diagrams and produce for blind pupils.
I will go back and use the drawing programmes on computer to produce graphs.
It will be beneficial for my teaching of maths to VI pupils.
To adapt/draw angles.

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

Clarity of presentation


Pacing of course/event


What was best about the course/event?
Meeting other people with same problems and similar interests. Learning how to use computer to draw diagrams.
Depth of knowledge and practical experience of course tutor(s). Group size manageable.
Practical aspect - very useful for ‘hands on’ approach in classroom. Useful hints on computer drawing skills.
The realisation of the extent of the difficulties encountered by students with VI, and the necessity of adapting material not just 'transcribing' material.
Familiarisation of methods and resources.
Practical - hands on experience grounded in what teachers and pupils need.
Practical activities and opportunities to ask questions/interact with others.
Hearing what others do and finding out about types of equipment used.
Looking at diagrams blindfolded helps you realise and makes you think what it's like for the pupils.
Talking to other professionals/sharing ideas. Learning how to draw using Word and not complicated software packages.

What, if anything, could have been improved about the course?
Morning session seemed to go so quickly - more discussion in the groups with others working on graphs, would have been handy prior to going on the computers.
It was very practical and informative.
More time…more discussion of teaching methods and adaptation of mainstream lessons.
Nothing - everything was excellent and very relevant.
More computer time and examples to work out to get more experience across some more areas.
More time!! Could spend days on this subject.
It was very good, very difficult to improve upon!

Any other comments regarding the course?
As usual, day went in too quickly.
Of great value.
Very useful to meet others working in the same field and benefit from their experience and different ideas.
Thank you.
A worthwhile day. Lots of interesting ideas to think about.
One of the best courses I've ever attended. Many thanks. Keep up the good work.
To make it a 2-day course and incorporate also best practice for large print adaptations.

Location and Venue

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

; No

Excellent = 1; Poor = 5

Convenience of venue


Quality of venue


Likely to attend if venue was used again: No Response 3; Likely 6; Less Likely 1

What other CPD training would you like the SSC to provide?
Autism and blindness - teaching implications rather than medical background.
Possibly something based on physics?
It would be great to get some of the SSC staff to work with teachers in Ireland.
Further practice and training on differentiating (adapting) resources for the teaching and learning of students with VI.
Sex Education/Puberty.

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