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MERLOT II


    

Peer Review


The Blind Spot

 

Ratings

Overall Rating:

4.75 stars
Content Quality: 5 stars
Effectiveness: 4.5 stars
Ease of Use: 4.5 stars
Reviewed: Jun 30, 2014 by Biology Editorial Board
Overview: “The blind spot” is part of a larger site entitled Serendip Studio, which contains over 30,000 pages dedicated to teaching and activities designed to engage students. The blind spot is an interactive exhibit which explores the blind spot at the back of the eye and provides interactive activities students participate in to demonstrate their blind spot. The site prompts students to question and explore those questions.
Learning Goals: While no specific learning outcomes were listed, after completion of this site, students will be able to demonstrate the blind spot of their eye and how the brain interprets the blind spot.
Target Student Population:
  • High School
  • College
  • General Education
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: Some basic information about anatomy and the visual system would be helpful
Type of Material: This is an introduction to the topic of blind spots.
Recommended Uses:
  • This material can be used as an exercise for homework or extra study
  • It could be used for review
  • This site can be used during a lecture presentation to engage students with an interactive activity demonstrating what the blind spot is
Technical Requirements: A browser is required. There is an applet required to map your own blind spot.

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths:
  • The site provides a complete demonstration of what the blind spot is and where it occurs
  • The content of the site is accurate
  • The site is informed by scholarship and provides additional scholarly articles that discuss the blind spot of the eye
  • The site is self-contained and can be used without an assignment or additional context
Concerns:
  • None

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 4.5 stars
Strengths:
  • The site engages the learner by presenting questions and then works through those questions.
  • The site is interactive and learners can work through the site at their own pace to demonstrate their own blind spot.
  • The site appeals to multiple senses via images and text.
Concerns:
  • There are no objectives listed
  • The demonstration is interesting, but doesn't fit nicely into a visual system discussion

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 4.5 stars
Strengths:
  • Easy to navigate
  • The site is well designed
  • It is interactive
Concerns:
  • The subsection “More blind spots” could use further directions to direct the learner as to what they should be doing
  • There was some difficulty loading the "map your own blind spot" applet

Other Issues and Comments: It is a very simple and plain demonstration. I think it is a nice activity for students, but it doesn't really fit into a visual system lecture. It is extra information.