The Joy of Visual Perception is a book on vision, but as the author notes, it is ?..not a book in the traditional sense. First of all, the obvious. It is software, presented on the World Wide Web. Secondly, the book depends a great deal more on figures and graphical representation of ideas and concepts than do most books.? This "text" blends the strengths of the Internet with the strengths of the author?s knowledge of, and passion for the sometimes complex area of visual perception. Viewed as frames, there is a comprehensive index of concepts and topics linked to an interactive and compelling array of images, graphs and activities covering issues ranging from neurolophysiology to motion perception.
The goal of this web book is to help the learner understand the principles and concepts of visual perception through the use of activities and demonstrations.
Target Student Population:
The material contained on this website is appropriate for advanced high school and all college level students.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
No prior knowledge or abilities beyond a high school reading level are required or assumed.
Type of Material:
Text, graphics, animations, and online activities/demonstrations are used to engage the learner.
An instructor might refer students to the site for further explanation of aspects of visual perception.
A current browser is required as there may be technical activities with older versions of some browsers.
Evaluation and Observation
The text is well written, the graphics and animations are well executed, the website is logically arranged and easy to navigate. The content is error free and up-to-date. The topics covered are diverse and likely to spark student interest.
Some pages take time to load and the navigation could be more streamlined.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
This site makes good use of internet features: the links are well placed and appropriate, it is easy to follow the course of each section, the learner is engaged and active. The site would useful to anyone teaching about the details of visual perception.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
The site is well designed and easy to navigate. No plugins were required.