An Innovative Teaching Method for Geometric Optics Using Hands-On Exercises in a Large Classroom Setting to Stimulate Engaged Learning

Faheemah Saeed, OD, FAAO


Abstract

Conceptualizing the principles taught in geometric optics is difficult for many optometry students. A novel teaching method was developed to address this challenge. Hands-on activities utilizing refractive lenses, mirrors and light sources not only allow learners to visualize the concepts being taught in class but also sustain their interest and attention and result in more engaged learning.

Key Words: geometric optics, engaged learning, visualization, hands-on activities, higher education

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