Learning Activity 1
1. Get a partner or someone willing to work with you. You can work with someone in the class (if available BUT you will need to submit your own DIFFERENT perspective), a family member, etc.
2. Get 2 occluders/low vision simulators if possible. One should have some loss of acuity and one should have some type of field loss. One simulator is fine if that is all that is available.
3. Each of you will need a recording form with two sections to detail your findings. Section one is your observations of the other person under the occluder. You should name the task(s), evaluate difficulty, and most importantly note behaviors that you see the person performing to complete the tasks. Make note of strategies you (or the person your observing) used to try to complete the task with a loss in visual functioning. Section two is your self-report of your impressions of being under the occluder. Again, you should name the task(s), report the difficulty, and strategies you tried to use to complete the task. It is very important that you make special note of things that surprised you, you learned, had to perform tactually, or had significant difficulty with.
Simulator Observation Report Form - With questions
Simulator Observation Report Form - Blank
4. I want you to do 2 near tasks and 2 travel tasks while using simulators. (You should observe and do all 4 of the tasks). If you have two occluders/simulators then do different tasks using the different occluders. If you have one occluder try to vary the tasks so you get a varied experience.
5. You should have one report for each of the 4 tasks. Make sure that you identify the defined visual problem simulated, describe the task, and include both observations and experiences discussed in #3. I want you to write a brief report using the information you collected on your recording form. Each of the four reports should be no more than one page each. I do not want your recording form but you may want to hold on to them.
To clarify -Four reports (two near tasks and two travel tasks) - minimum one page each -containing both an observation of someone doing a task and your experience under simulators completing the same or similar task. TIP--- Try do do tasks that take a lot of effort to complete (they make for more interesting observations and more interesting reading for me- remember to record any frustrations, experiences, and or strategies to complete the task)
Examples: Be creative!
Near- working a vending machine (selecting item, checking price, finding money slot, retrieving item and change), using a water fountain (finding fountain, finding button to activate, judging how far to bend, judging water height), reading cooking instructions from a package (setting stove, measuring ingredients), finding an entry in the table of contents or index and then going to the page, using a cell phone (finding a phone # in your phone, setting alarm, setting ring tones), working the elevator buttons, sorting mail for mail boxes at your school or job, reading a building directory, working an onscreen guide to your TV (finding remote, changing channel, reading schedule), etc.
Travel examples– stairs (indoor , outdoor, different lighting), finding a different room in the building (given a room # or description- i.e. break room), getting to the front door or elevator from your office or classroom, finding the rest room (and washing hands, drying hands, locating trash), locating an entrance or front door (traveling from the street, finding correct key,and working a lock), travel to your mailbox (again different lighting, time of day, keys), Travel in populated public area (grocery store - go find the milk, school hallway- travel between classes), etc.
You must keep your partner safe, especially while traveling.