RIDBC Renwick Centre is providing a free online UEB training program for sighted learners. The program is entitled UEB Online and the website is http://uebonline.org. During the month of April for example, we had 8600 visits to the UEB Online website by just over 3000 users, and 40 000 page views across the website.

UEB Online is an ideal program for professionals, parents and community members who wish to learn braille. It may be used by classroom teachers as a project for their students, or by specialist and mainstream educators and support staff who wish to obtain a qualification in braille. The program consists of 30 lessons that are sub-divided into two modules. The program may be accessed using a Mac or PC computer and any web browser (eg Safari, Internet Explorer, Firefox, Google Chrome). The program is not available via a tablet, eg. iPad. Lessons are completed with a standard computer keyboard using a number of keys to replicate the keys of a braillewriter. Marking is fully automated so that learners receive immediate feedback as they progress through each lesson. There are a number of lesson support videos under “video resources” in the “resources” section of the course. The videos are also available via YouTube.

For those wishing a Certificate of Completion, RIDBC Renwick Centre offers certificates for each of the two modules, with a processing fee of AUD$50.

If you would like to refresh your knowledge of UEB, please consider visiting http://uebonline.org  to sign up and get started!