University of Edinburgh

Functional Assessment of Vision

Presented 19-20 March 2008

Course Evaluation summary; day 2

Number of Participants: 36
Number of Respondents: 28

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?

Enhance my visual testing of MDVI pupils.
Make my assessments more structured - develop a checklist.
Putting assessments into practise.
When assessing young children, getting more understanding and providing stronger recommendations and support for children and their families.
With children in special schools with profound difficulties.
Assessing MDVI children, training teachers/support staff in special schools.
As class teacher much of assessment is carried out in classroom in everyday situations - so it has been really informative to see the range of materials used and how they are used.
Particular interest in MDVI and some of the approaches discussed.
Assessment tools info very useful and easy to apply practically.
Practical tips to use.
Will use in working practice more confidently.
General use with pupils I work with - helps with ideas for assessment.
In my general practice.
In reading reports at school and being able to assess children.
Already use a lot of the assessment tools, however, I have learned more about the reasons behind why we are using them and the implications.
Lots of advice on how to undertake assessments. Tips valuable.
I will adapt the information to the visual assessment of adults with learning difficulties and visual impairments. I will adopt the techniques learned.
Better understanding of FVA and tools.
More ideas around assessing those with additional difficulties.
Has given me a better understanding and background knowledge of assessing visual impairment.
Provides background info on VI.
Further understanding of VI students.
Not applicable to my role but very interesting to be aware of the background to our support.
Better understanding of how eyesight and problems can affect learning.

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

Clarity of presentation


Pacing of course/event


What was best about the course/event?

Medical explanations from Dr Sinclair. Excellent practical session from A Duthie.
Practical application.
Learning how to use FVA tools.
Medical information being explained in simple terms!
Practical suggestions, ability to question and input into topics being discussed.
Presentation was good - lots and lots of useful practical information which was very motivating.
Display of materials and demonstration of same.
Practical - relaxed - info to bring away. Excellent reading materials suggested.
Alison Duthie. Jennifer Skillen.
All good (3)- particularly ideas for tools.
The presentation on the functional assessment of vision.
The morning presentation about the seeing brain.
Material and description/presentation excellent.
Seeing the FVA materials.
Clarification of assessment process.
It was good to learn all that is covered during a Functional Visual Assessment.
Assessment materials.
Speakers and presentations.
Relevant to previous learning.
Explanation about various conditions.

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

Too much overlap over the 2 days. (3)
More time to explore new ideas.
More time in practical assessment. Getting to use tools and watch eye movement.
Smaller group to allow more time for discussion.

Any other comments regarding the course?

Well paced, with plenty of breaks, networking good. Expertise - invaluable - wise and experienced.
Overall I enjoyed it.
No. I now want to go off and carry out FVA using what I have learnt.
Excellent, practical and very informative. Excellent speakers.
Lovely interested atmosphere in which to learn and share. Thank you for the opportunity to attend - keep informing of upcoming events.
Very interesting talks.
It is helpful to have references that we can use in the future.
As I conduct needs assessments in HE based on medical documentation and consultation/discussion with individual students who have visual impairments, assessments of vision are not necessary in my work/role of my team. Very interesting and informative though.
Excellent speakers. Jen was great.
Beneficial to discuss support implemented and how it progresses through HE.

Location and Venue

Convenient location for this course: No Response 14; Yes 11; No 3

Excellent = 1; Poor = 5

Convenience of venue



Quality of venue



Likely to attend if venue was used again: No Response 11 ; Likely 17 ; Less Likely 0

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

Visual perception.
An outreach learning programme to support staff working with people with visual impairments.
Mobility - repeat FVA sessions re MDVI.
Visual impairment in adults.
Training in relation to supporting adult learners/students.
Adult based info support strategies for HE.

Outcomes Assessment

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