Lesson Instructions

You must read the contents of this page carefully and complete the checkboxes at the end to move on to lessons.

There are 31 lessons in total to be completed, split into two modules. All lessons must be completed to learn braille, and to be eligible for a certificate of successful completion. Please view the course outline for more information on acquiring a certificate of completion for completed modules.

Each lesson contains two exercises, the first requiring you to translate print to braille, and the second exercise is reverse translation, from braille to print. Both exercises must be completed before you can proceed to the next lesson.

You need to complete each exercise with 100% accuracy. Error messages will appear to indicate a mistake has been made. The error must be corrected before you can continue.

 

Using your keyboard to enter braille online

Please make sure you have read through the instructions on using your keyboard for a demonstration of how to type braille in UEB Online before you start the lessons.

 

Lesson explanations and tips

Each lesson has a detailed explanation of what you will learn which is also available as a PDF to download and print. It is a good idea to print this out to save you scrolling up and down the page to find the information you need to complete the exercises. There is also a ‘help tab’ present in some lessons where extra information has been added, such as links to other useful resources and video demonstrations. The image below is an extract from lesson 1 showing links to the lesson explanation PDF link and the help tab.

lesson help

 

Saving your work

Save your progress regularly by clicking the ‘save’ button at the bottom of each exercise. Save your work before you log off. When you log in again, you can continue on from where you finished last time.

save button location

 

Word tracker

When transcribing the exercises, the word you are currently working on will be highlighted in yellow. Once the word has been transcribed and you have pressed the space bar to move on, the next word will be highlighted. This is illustrated in the image below.

highlighted word indicator

 

Non-keyboard symbols

Some exercises require you to enter certain characters that are not readily available on your keyboard (e.g. Long dash, division signs). For those exercises, a list of buttons will appear above your input area. You can simply click on the corresponding button to insert the character. See the image below for an example of how this will appear on your screen.

non keyboard symbols toolbar

 

Braille rules

There are no more than 40 characters in each line of braille. If you exceed this number of characters in a line of braille, an error message will appear. You must familiarise yourself with the rules of Unified English Braille and ensure you read each lesson explanation carefully before starting the exercises.

 

Error messages

Common error messages are explained here:

‘Wrong word’ 

This message will appear if you have misspelled a word, or missed a contraction or capital letter, or forgot to add a space between words as shown in the image below. You must go back and correct the word using the ‘backspace’ or ‘delete’ key.

Please view the wrong word error message video on the video resources page for further explanation.

wrong word error screen shot

‘Unexpected space’

This message will appear if you enter a space at the end of the line before before pressing the return key for a new line. You must press the return key immediately after the last word on the line. If you press the spacebar before pressing the return key, the “unexpected space” error message will appear. Press backspace or delete to remove the space and correct your work.

You will also get this message if your braille line is too long (i.e. over 40 characters) or if you miss punctuation e.g. a full stop, as shown in the image below.

View the unexpected space error message video on the video resources page for further explanation.

unexpected space error

 

Completing the lesson

Both exercises must be completed with 100% accuracy before the ‘next lesson’ button is activated. A ‘congratulations’ message will appear to let you know you have finished and can move on, as shown in the image below.

View the ending the lesson video demonstration on the video resources page for further explanation.

ending the lesson