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 requiring you to translate print to braille. Both exercises must be completed before you can proceed to the next lesson. There are no exercises for Lesson 31 to complete.

You need to complete each exercise with 100% accuracy. Error messages will announced 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 an explanation 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.

Saving your work

Save your progress regularly by pressing the 1 key while you are in edit mode and completing the exercises or leave edit mode and click 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.

Word tracker

When transcribing the exercises, the word and the sentence or line within which it is positioned will be read by the screen reader when displayed. During exercise completion a number of keyboard commands have been added to allow you to repeat and spell words or phrases while remaining in edit mode.

While in edit mode completing an exercise, you can press the following keys on the keyboard to run the following command:

1 – Save Current Exercise
2 – Read Current Word
3 – Spell Current Word
4 – Read Current Line or Sentence
5 – Read Input Characters, the characters you have already typed for this word
6 – Reads the current line cell count
7 – Read Next Word to be entered
8 – Delete Typed Characters and Restart Word
? – Read the above commands to remind you what each does

Braille rules

There are no more than 40 characters in each line of braille. A number of measures have been added to assist you in following this rule. When you enter the 34th character on a line a small beep with sound. When you reach the 40th character in a line a ding will sound, like an elevator ding.

Throughout each lesson you can use the 6 key as above to read the current line cell/character count. The 7 key can be used to determine the next word to be typed so you can assess whether it will fit on the current line.

When entering the Braille, you press either a space or an enter for a new line as appropriate. If you enter the incorrect character, an error will be read out and you can correct it. It will say something like the following if you hit an enter when a space was expected.

Unexpected enter should be space

To correct this simply hit the expected character (enter or space).

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:

‘Incorrect 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. You must go back and correct the word using the ‘backspace’ or ‘delete’ key. This message will appear after you press the space or enter key to move to the next word.

‘Unexpected space should be enter’

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 enter to correct your work.

‘Unexpected enter should be space’

This message will appear if you enter an enter after a word when it is possible to fit more words on the line. To correct this you should instead enter a space.

Completing the lesson

A ‘congratulations’ message will be announced at the end of completing each exercise to let you know you have finished and can move on.

After you have completed the first exercise, a ‘next exercise’ button will be displayed which can be selected to move onto the next exercise in this lesson.

After the second exercise is completed, a ‘next lesson’ button will be displayed which can be selected to move onto the next lesson.

Each exercise must be completed with 100% accuracy before the ‘next lesson’ or ‘next exercise’ button is activated.