BASIC COMPUTER FUNDAMENTALS TRAINING PROGRAMME FOR PERSON WITH VISION IMPAIREMANT

BASIC COMPUTER FUNDAMENTALS TRAINING PROGRAMME FOR PERSON WITH VISION IMPAIREMANT

       DATE: 09 APRIL 2018 MONDAY.                           DURATION: 8 WEEKS

RCG Foundation Computer Fundamental For person with Vision Impairment starts on (09/4/2018, Monday). This course will be conducted at the following address

RCG Foundation

Vismaya Building,Ground Floor,

Info park,Kakkanad

Kochi,Pin:682042

Pho:04844035537

Mob:8593838396

Mail id: rcg.projectsurya@gmail.com

Website: www.rcgfsurya.org

 

This course aims:

  • To provide computer literacy for visually impaired
  • To make candidates self-reliant on computers, in order to gain access to quality education
  • To make candidates self-reliant to lead a quality life.

 

Goal of the Training

  • To make candidates computer literate.
  • To make candidates self-reliant on computers, in order to gain access to quality education.
  • To make candidates self-reliant to lead a quality life.

 

Scope

  • To orient visually impaired in using computers independently.
  • To make the visually impaired employable by providing computer knowledge.
  • To use computers in the existing job, and for higher studies.

 

Note: The scope of this training does not include making candidates ready for employment; it only makes them ready for employability training.

 

 

Details of the course:

Name of the training Computer Fundamentals for persons with vision impairment
Duration 8 weeks
Mode Onsite course
Batch size 16 candidates
Student Trainer Ratio 8:1

 

Eligibility

Candidates who have passed 10th, studying in college and teachers who want to use computers at work. Such candidates will be selected on a first come first serve basis, with no evaluation test.

Curriculum

The computer fundamentals training

  • Basic Computers: Includes concepts like file folder management, Basic MS word, Basic Excel, and Internet with the help of NVDA (screen reader).
  • Basic Employability: Functional mobility, use of assistive technology and learns to take notes effectively.
  • Life skills: Accepting disability, personal hygiene and personal grooming.

 

Teaching Methodology

RCGF Surya teaching techniques help the candidates use computers to improve their language skills, general knowledge and awareness, for higher studies, for better job opportunities etc.  To help them reach these goals, our teaching methodology includes:

  • Teaching concepts with real world examples: For example to teach document structure and formatting, we introduce a real world example of a visually impaired person giving an unformatted resume during a walk in interview and its impact.
  • Teaching concepts by generating curiosity: For example, to teach the internet concept, we generate the curiosity of the candidates by asking them to visit a nearby internet café or by touching and feeling a modem and cable.
  • Introducing concepts using simple examples: For example to teach how internet works we use the example of telephone lines that run through a telephone exchange and their interconnectivity. Candidates are also introduced concepts gradually, exposed to a concept part by part.
  • Leading candidates from known to unknown: Candidates may not be exposed to many things because of their disability. We teach them concepts by leading them from the scenarios or things they already know. For example to make them understand the concept of formatting a document, we ask them why they like certain people’s voices and not others’ voices. We then lead them to understand that formatting a document is like voice modulation and so on.
  • Reinforcing concepts: Theory sessions are followed by practical sessions. Constant practice of concepts through EYE tool helps candidates become more efficient. Previous concepts are also reinforced throughout the training.
  • Iterative learning: Concepts take time to learn. We teach a small part of a concept, give time to assimilate and then teach more.
  • Building visualization: We use tactile diagrams to help candidates visualize various concepts.
  • Building self-learning: Candidates are motivated to practice using various tools and develop a self-learning attitude.

Teaching Aids

In order to make visually impaired candidates understand concepts better, trainers who work with visually impaired need to use various teaching methods and teaching aids/tools while training them in computers. The main teaching aids we use in computer training are:

  1. Tactile Diagrams translate images into a tactile language. Learning to read tactile diagrams is essential for the totally blind and visually impaired students. Tactile diagrams help them to visualize various things by touch and feel.

Tactile diagrams can be made easily with different types of materials available locallylike cardboard, wood, plastic, cloth etc. Tactile diagrams are also made using thermocol sheets.

For Example: While teaching the Desktop concept to the visually impaired, we use the tactile diagram of a Desktop. The desktop tactile is made of cardboard piece, the size of a desktop screen. This piece has small bulging items pasted on it which resembles icons. Visually Impaired candidate can touch and feel the shape of the Desktop and the icons. Through this method the visually impaired candidate will be able to remember the concept for a long time. Using tactile helps them visualize the concept better which in turn builds their confidence.

  1. Practical Exercises play a key role in the computer training for visually impaired. Exercises are text documents with a set of instructions related to a particular concept. This helps the student practice the concept by exploring on his/her own. Exercises help the student to practice and understand the concept thoroughly. For every concept, there are multiple exercises.

For example: There are exercises which contain instructions for the “Save” concept in applications. This helps the students to practice and understand the layout, navigation, various ways of saving and its exceptions.

Other tools for practice: EnAble India has developed a tool called EYE Tool. This contains self-practice exercises that are assessed automatically. We also have a Spelling Tool which helps the candidates to practise their spellings. Candidates can use our student manuals on various computer concepts and learn various concepts by themselves.

 

Training Evaluation

  • Attendance: Regularity is one of the criteria for overall evaluation. Students must have at least 80% attendance.
  • Others: Weekly practical tests, projects, assignments and final exams assessments will be included in evaluating the candidates.
  • Grading:
Excellent 80% and above in overall evaluation
 Good 60-79%  marks in overall evaluation
Fair 40-59% and below in overall evaluation
Needs more practice Below 39 %

 

Training Timings

 

Timings of the training

 

9.30 am to 5.30pm, including lunch break

 

Duration of classes

 

6 days a week for 8 weeks

 

What will candidates gain from this training?

Candidates taking this training will be empowered in many ways and can live with dignity:

  • Candidate will gain knowledge of computers and screen readers. This in turn will improve your quality of life, education and entertainment.
  • Candidate will gain knowledge to use the internet and access a world of information to get better educational and employment opportunities.
  • Candidate will gain knowledge about using aids to make everyday life easier and independent.

 

 

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