University of Edinburgh

Understanding Field Loss

Presented on Friday 2 November 2007

Course evaluation summary

Number of Participants: 18
Number of Respondents: 16

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

  • Enhancement to your expertise 1.81
  • Content and supplementary material 2.4

How will you use what you have learned today?

The theory learned today will filter through to the practicality of my work.
Take back all the info of today and use it with my working team.
It will improve my functional visual assessments of visual fields.
I now will be able to pass on more accurate information on my pupils' eye conditions to parents and teachers. I now understand much more about the way visual field losses impact on children.
We are working on developing resources to test visual fields, so this information will be very
I will use the confrontational testing technique.
I will be able to assess and better understand the visual impairments and fields of my pupils.
It was all a bit confusing. Not enough time between slides to absorb information - writing on handouts too small and not clear. I will use the practical assessments.
For ways forward with a specific youngster and developing further approaches to children with field loss and reasons for the loss.
Disseminate info to EPS Team and liaise with colleagues in VS Team - useful for INSET.
Help understand conditions some of my pupils have.
I will/have become more aware of how visual field defects may be affecting children's vision/learning.
Lot of information - will need further reading!
Help with assessment.
I will need to go to the SSC site and go through again before filtering through to the rest of staff. In fact, please rerun again and we can come in rotation,

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

  • Clarity of presentation 1.88
  • Pacing of course/event 2.13

What was best about the course/event?

Andrew and Jennifer are both excellent presenters and open to questions and comments making it a more rounded learning experience.
All the info.
The content was good but too much to take it all in.
Excellent delivery of information and plenty of 'rest' breaks - as it is difficult to take in a lot of information al once.
Morning session.
Learning a new technique of testing fields.
All of the content, the pacing and the informative language used.
Talking about conditions (ocular/cerebral) and linking to visual field loss. Practical aspects.
Clarification of probable levels of vision for particular children.
Learning about different eye conditions and how visual fields are affected.
Very interesting material.
Quality of presentation . . . difficult topic brought down to a level for lay person's understanding.
Group discussions and explanations about conditions.
Some new information for me - great since I've been working in the field for 20 years! Much more detail re visual processing.

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

More handouts.
The pacing - the mix between theory and practical sessions. It was interesting, but very intense.
Practical session was at the end of the day and so cut short.
Pacing could have been slower as with no medical background it was a lot to take in.
Handouts for Andrew's lecture? But understandably it will be on the website.
Slowing it down - making it more user friendly and understandable. Clearer explanation - I didn't understand most of it!
More time.
Bit rushed in afternoon. Lot of info to take in. Do simulation glasses exercise in morning as by mid-afternoon on a Friday energy levels tended to FLAG!
More time (slower pace).
3D model but better would be 3D projection.

Any other comments regarding the course?
Case studies could have been considered to make it more relevant.
Needs to be broken down more. Is a good course to put on but not very user friendly.
Perhaps too medically oriented for VS teachers.
Evaluate my functional visual assessments with deeper knowledge behind my observations.
Very intense but really relevant, would like to have more access to this type of information in a team setting.

Location and Venue

Convenient location for this course: No Response 8; Yes 8; No 0

Excellent = 1 Poor = 5

  • Convenience of venue 1.6
  • Quality of venue 1.67

Likely to attend if venue was used again: No Response 4; Likely 12; Less Likely

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

Similar courses (2) from the medics but if possible at a lower pace.
Similar course with emphasis on assessment visual impairment for pupils with multiple complex learning difficulties.
Braille literacy.
Practical sensory stimulation for babies to pre-school, ie, what can be set up at home, what you are trying to achieve, assessing effectiveness, how to plan out use, (how long, how frequent), what
fails to work, what actions to take, etc.
Split complex needs child/VI child only.
MDVI strategies and assessments.

Outcomes Assessment

Chartered Teacher Standard components: Very useful= 1; Not useful = 5

  • your professional values and personal commitment 1.92
  • your professional knowledge and understanding 1.58
  • your professional and personal attributes 1.58