This tutorial on the eye was created by an optometric physician and focuses solely on the structure and pathology of the human eye. Provides a very descriptive text, graphics, links, glossary, search, quizzes and self eye tests for visual acuity, the author achieves a fairly comprehensive and informative site for lay persons. The content is neither too technical nor simple, running the gamut of explaining ocular physiological interactions to what 20/20 vision really means. A split screen allows viewers to choose specific information from a clear menu that includes graphics.
Type of Material:
Identify Major Learning Goals:
Provides an overview of eye anatomy, physiology, and pathology. Offers an opportunity to test comprehension of the concepts addressed.
Type of Leaning Process: (Note that there are types in the text provided here on the original form): This site is informative, somewhat interactive, and contains links. Provides information, but generally does not require critical thinking or active learning. A well-organized source of information about the eye,
Target Student Population:
Upper and lower division college students, in introductory psychology and in biological psychology.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Basic computer ability is required.
The quality of content in this site is very good. For a solid, basic understanding of the human eye, this is clearly a good and reliable resource. Limitations of this site include its limited application and narrow focus. Provides general information on the eye, but addresses eye pathology while not providing any information about such basic concepts as theories of color vision.
Lack of attention and consideration of basic features of ocular function.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
Instructors could definitely use this site to educate students on the basics of vision. An excellent feature of this site is the diagram of an eye upon which one can click on a part and get information about that part - excellent for those who need to make that visual connection.
The information on this site is valuable and informative. Although the material is narrow in focus, creative instructors can possibly use this material in a number of settings. For example, instructors in psychology or counseling could assign this site to students as part of a project in disabilities, the relationship between mental health and perception, etc.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
For specific purposes, this site is quite worthwhile and very accessible for instructors and students. No special conditions are needed to use this site. Information is easily accessed. Despite the complex look of the site, it is quite easy to use. There are probably, however, accessibility issues that would arise if this were used as a required component of the course. I suspect that the readers possessed by the visually impaired would have difficulty with the translation of this site!
There are probably, however, accessibility issues that would arise if this were used as a required component of the course. I suspect that the readers possessed by the visually impaired would have difficulty with the translation of this site!
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