NCBI Labs Virtual Training Courses

NCBI Labs provide virtual training courses to Service Users throughout the year. If you are interested in participating please email The courses listed are Level 1 courses, however there is also the option to participate in more advanced follow-on training.

Level 1 Uncontracted Braille Course

Duration: 10 weeks

This 10-week course will introduce you to the Unified English Braille uncontracted code. You’ll learn to read and write the letters of the alphabet and numbers and you’ll develop an awareness of the broader English Braille code and how you can continue your learning at the end of this course if you so wish. The course is run virtually with one practical session.

Level 1 Smart Speaker Course (Alexa)

Duration: 60-90 minutes

In this course we explore the range of Amazon Echo smart speakers available and how they can be used to help people who are blind or partially sighted. We cover creating timers, reminders, setting alarms, shopping lists, and initiating information searches by speaking to your device.

Level 1 iPad Course

Duration: 60-90 minutes

Every iPad has numerous built-in accessibility options that enables anyone with a visual impairment to use the device independently. These include the ability to speak to your device to request information, use of magnification and speech output to help read information displayed. If you would like to find out more, the Level 1 iPad Course is the perfect place to start.

Level 1 NVDA Course

Duration: 60-90 minutes

NVDA is a free screen reader for Microsoft Windows that is now used in over 120 countries and has been translated into more than 50 languages. Using the power of NVDA means that people with sight loss can continue to be active members of the digital society, enjoying access to a range of online services, as well as education and employment opportunities. If you are new to the NVDA screen reader and would like to know more, this course is for you.

Level 1 Touch Typing Course

Duration: 60 minutes

This Level 1 Touch Typing Course is for anyone who would like to learn how to Touch Type. This absolute beginner’s course includes step by step, instructor-led training on the QWERTY keyboard, ergonomics, and correct posture, achieving accuracy and fluency. The student will be provided with audio practice files throughout the training course. Participants will have the ability to Touch Typing by the end of the training.