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Concept Mapping as a Tool for Didactic Learning and Case Presentation in an Optometric Curriculum

  Introduction Integrating theory and practice has long been a goal and necessity of medical training. Particularly in the past two decades, medicine has experienced exponential growth in the biomedical knowledge expected of students. Thus, it has become important to develop more systematic methods to integrate acquired knowledge with the aim of better applying it […]
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Learning Environment: Students’ Perceptions Using DREEM Inventory at an Optometry Institute in Pakistan

  Introduction Educational environment refers to the whole range of components and activities within which learning happens. This includes faculty, teaching and learning methods, learning resources, monitoring and evaluation. Educational environment has been shown to directly affect students’ performance both at undergraduate and graduate levels.1 An educational environment that is not conducive to learning not […]
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Peripapillary Retinoschisis and Glaucoma Connection: a Teaching Case Report

  Background Retinoschisis involving the peripapillary and macular regions is well-documented in the literature. The condition is commonly associated with optic nerve head pits, optic nerve colobomas, X-linked macular schisis and high myopia. Less often cited in literature are cases of retinoschisis associated with glaucoma or enlarged optic nerve cupping in the absence of other […]
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Coming in December

Stay tuned to your Inbox for the announcement that the Winter 2016 issue of Eye on Education — the online newsletter from the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO) — is available. In the issue, you can read about the recent appearance of ASCO President Karla Zadnik, OD, PhD, on All Sides with […]
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Upcoming Theme Edition Will Focus on International Optometric Education: Global Expansion and Transformation

Over the past 20 years, the profession of optometry has undergone dramatic global changes: expanding scope of practice, increasing quality assurance expectations, significant diversification of students, and the accelerating impact of information technology. Underpinning these changes has been the critical role of international optometric education in supporting and catalyzing this transformation. The same global forces […]
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Upcoming Theme Edition Will Focus on Diversity, Cultural and Linguistic Competence

A future edition of Optometric Education will focus on the theme of diversity and cultural and linguistic competence. The edition will focus on diversity of our students, faculty and profession and all aspects of cultural and linguistic competence, including professional, organizational and individual responsibility. The deadline to submit manuscripts is Dec. 31, 2016. Submit a cover letter and […]
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Beware of Predatory Publishing

I recently invited New England College of Optometry librarians to speak to my class about critically evaluating resources. During the presentation, they talked about “predatory publishing.” Several students had never heard the term, and when I asked some faculty members whether they were familiar with it, many said they were not. However, after hearing a […]
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Targeting Intraocular Pressure in Glaucoma: a Teaching Case Report

  Background Glaucoma is a range of conditions that causes a loss of retinal ganglion cell axons within the nerve fiber layer resulting in vision loss.1,2 Although many novel treatments for glaucoma are being investigated, the mainstay therapy is control and reduction of intraocular pressure (IOP).1,2 Upon diagnosis, the setting of an IOP target is […]
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Assessing Student Performance in Geometrical Optics Using Two Different Assessment Tools: Tablet and Paper

  Background Since the release of the first iPad in 2010, tablets have become increasingly prominent in educational settings. According to a 2015 survey by the Pearson Foundation, 51% of college students in the United States own a tablet and use it for academic purposes, while in 2011 only 7% owned a tablet.1,2 Another survey, […]
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Research Teams Receive 2016 ASCO Educational Starter Grants

The Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2016 Educational Starter Grants, which are dedicated to supporting educational research. A generous donation from Johnson & Johnson Vision Care Inc. has provided funding for this year’s grants. We applaud all faculty who submitted grant applications this year. The […]
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