University of Edinburgh

Functional Assessment of Vision

Thursday 8 March

Course evaluation summary

Number of Participants: 47
Number of Respondents: 37

Overall Assessment: 

How would you rate the following: Excellent = 1; Poor = 5

Enhancement to your expertise



Content and supplementary material



How will you use what you have learned today?

Pass on information and experience to other staff members.
As an introduction/starting point in assessing visually impaired pupils.
Put into practice what I have learned from demos and suggestions.
Purchase assessments (2) Cascade information to staff in team.
I have more understanding of using BUST test
Try LogMAR - understood how the tests work for first time. Idea of assessing all kinds of situations where vision changes.
I will use the tests in a more informed way. I have learned more and will now use LogMAR more confidently. I will be trying out binocularity tests as part of my overall assessment tools now.
How to adapt standard school text for HE level.
Provided information on assessment techniques I can use in work.
First course on visual impairment. Good background to assessment of vision and great ‘hands-on’ session with assessment tools.
It's given me awareness but I need to explore tool further and familiarise myself with them.
I will certainly use it in my daily work. Having recently joined the Sensory Service I feel I have gained lots of valuable information.
Hopefully better able to make an informed choice about what to use in assessment.
Helped me to decide on additional equipment suitable for our visual impairment assessment clinic.
To practise assessments on pupils. Help to inform "Assessment" assignment.
Still don't feel confident enough to do a FVA.
Very helpful to "recall" previous knowledge associated with FVA, given that it was a "specialism" which I have not had an opportunity to use much in recent years!
Gained knowledge of how to put some of the test into place.
To order some new test materials.
Part of Visual Impairment Diploma course (3). Will help with assessment at school.
Try different assessments techniques in school.
When considering what assessments to do with pupils.
Apply knowledge of assessments in how to support pupils with visual impairment.
To start functional vision assessment.
In discussion with other members of staff to develop our Functional Vision assessment policy.
Assessment of pupils as part of a multidisciplinary team. Greater awareness of issues surrounding FVA.
Develop some of the uses of the test from ideas from others. Order couple new tests. Some ideas about joint working practice to share with our local orthoptist, eg; new-style reports/joint assessments.
To help on visits as I am just starting to go into schools to see visually impaired pupils.
Improved use of test materials in join assessment clinic and improved [hopefully!] communication with colleagues/report writing.
Evaluate our assessments that we use. Arrange to have our assessments updated.
I am new to a visual impairment teaching job - this has given me an excellent introduction to define what my job is all about.

How would you rate the following: Excellent = 1; Poor = 5

Clarity of presentation


Pacing of course/event


What was best about the course/event?

‘Hands-on’ experience (5).
A good overview of assessment. Opportunity to view materials to use for assessment. Good reading material to back up/follow on.
Opportunity to meet up with other visual impairment specialists to share information and learn from each other. I like that it's classroom practitioners delivering and presenting - makes for very powerful learning
Variety of presenters (2) - over 2 days.
Enjoyed the functional vision assessment. Enjoyed hearing about project on vision health. Education Collaboration Project.
The morning sessions were informative but also helped me form ideas for inclusion in my postgraduate assignment.
Learning the amount of information students have from school.
Chance to look/use assessment tools.
Practical workshop in afternoon - good to see new resources (2).
The whole day has been very worthwhile. I enjoyed the practical element - great opportunity to meet others working in visual impairment.
Knowledgeable speakers. Location.
The talk about the Lanarkshire project.
Chance to interact.
Informal and relaxed.
Good to refresh and, to some extent, be reassured that the "core knowledge" is still valid.
Seeing the range of materials available for assessment.
Demonstration of assessment tests.
Practical aspect looking at assessments (3).
Improved my understanding of "the numbers". Speaking with colleagues and how they use vision assessments.
Very clear orthoptist talk about LogMAR. Chance to look at different assessment tools and discuss them.
A chance to discuss and look at assessment resources. Re-cap from doctor re LogMAR scales.
Having visual acuity tests explained so clearly.
‘Hands-on’/networking opportunities (2) .
It was all very interesting and helpful (2).
Well structured. Meet stated aims of the course.

What, if anything, could have been improved about the course?

Some more specific input during the ‘hands-on’ session.
I would like to have been taken through a selection of tests and shown how to use them properly.
Nothing - it was excellent!
Perhaps a smaller group to have got more out of the ‘hands-on’ look at assessments.
Observing visual assessments taking place.
Apart from Snellen LogMAR, etc, perhaps more secondary education [how to assess vision of older children].
Looking at assessments was very useful mainly because we had an informed orthoptist in our group explaining all the tests to us. There would not have been enough time to read instructions, etc, and find out about them otherwise.
Afternoon session rather long for me. I was not familiar with the tools and felt rather "lost" - perhaps more group leaders to facilitate.
Pacing - I'm not currently doing this in my everyday work.
Enjoyed it all!
Louder speakers - when working in smaller groups - hard to hear the lead speaker. More time to go through the assessment tools.
Would have loved to hear Jennifer Skillen talk about visual processing; would have liked fewer test materials but more knowledgeable advice on measuring their results and which were most useful in different settings. Information prior to course a bit vague - in fact Day 2 would probably have been more relevant.
Rather than going round tables with same person, perhaps better if someone with a working knowledge of the tests at each table stayed there.
I would have liked to have had the assessments demonstrated/identified on a more formal level at first before having some ‘hands-on’ time.
More explanation and demonstrations of assessments.
Perhaps a whole day in practical, ‘hands-on’ use of assessment materials.
A timeline of age appropriate tests and how they develop with age as a handout.
Smaller groups as it was hard to listen in the afternoon.
More information about individual tests/application.
A coffee break at end of first session.
Functional vision tick list.
Could the 4 ‘stations’ in the room have been linked to specific areas?  It took me a while to work out that the tests were not related to the sheets in any order. As my knowledge of visual impairment at the moment is quite limited I found it hard to keep track.
Microphones for lecture components.
Table set-up for afternoon session - should have been moved away from the walls so that access all around the tables was available.

Any other comments regarding the course?

Very useful, informative and have learned a lot.
Felt a little overwhelmed at the amount of testing/assessment material and left at a slight pass as to which I would select to use.
More of the same please. Please do this one on an annual basis.
Good to meet and network with colleagues (2).
Very relevant for module.
Very worthwhile and interesting.
I work specifically with children and adults with multiple complex needs and look forward to tomorrow.
Very well organised and presented.
Appendix 15a comments - depth of vision/mobility/3D; clutter; visual memory.
Very informative (2). Not time wasting. Bit hectic in afternoon. Good lunch!
The noise level of four groups in the one room made it very difficult at some points to hear what was being said. I missed quite a few explanations.
Found it difficult to complete the sheets for the afternoon session; being so new I did not know what each test/assessment on each table was for.  Perhaps a much longer session just looking through these would work, with the group leaders holding up each assessment saying "This is the ... assessment. It is for ..."

Location and Venue

Convenient location for this course: No Response 7; Yes 25; No 5

Excellent = 1; Poor = 5

Convenience of venue


Quality of venue


Likely to attend if venue was used again: No Response 7; Likely 29; Less Likely 1

Would still come but any chance of Glasgow venue?

What other CPD training would you like the SSC to provide?

HE related.
Transition from nursery to P1 for blind mainstream pupil.
As I am class committed I would like courses to be available at weekends.
Further practice in using the assessments.
Courses run by peri teachers and classroom leaders, orthoptists ... visual impairment practitioners.
Visual processing?
Examples of good practice.

Outcomes Assessment

If you are a teacher, how would you rate this course in relation to the following "Chartered Teacher Standard" components:

Very useful = 1; Not useful - 5

your professional values and personal commitment


your professional knowledge and understanding


your professional and personal attributes