“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.
Type of Material:
This is an introduction to the topic of blind spots.
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
A browser is required. There is an applet required to map your own blind spot.
Identify Major 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:
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Some basic information about anatomy and the visual system would be helpful
Evaluation and Observation
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
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
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.
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
Easy to navigate
The site is well designed
It is interactive
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.