EDUCATION RESOURCES developed by the OCULUS project
The resources and tools below are freely available. Please contact us if you have any questions.
GUIDE TO EUROPEAN OPTOMETRY DIPLOMA ACCREDITATION
– Pedagogical transformation starts here
Tools and resources
Patient Logging Network (PLN)
A digital logbook/tool for registration of patient cases and student follow-up
Optometry Self Assessment Tool (OSAT)
A tool that identifies gaps between the curriculum and the curriculum of the European Diploma
Tools for learning and assessment of clinical skills, such as rubrics and grand rounds
Train The Teachers (TTT)
Training of teaching faculties to match the standards of the European Council of Optometry
Evidence Based Practice
How to implement scientific evidence for guidance and decision-making in education.
Alignment of Israel and Indian optometry education with the European diploma
The OCULUS project resulted in the transformation of optometry education in Israel and India:
- GAP analysis was performed
- Curricula were updated
- EBP was included in the education
- Report was sent to ECOO – see narrative reports
- Feedback was received from ECOO
- All Partner Institutions made great progress, some are ready for accreditation (scheduled for spring 2021) – see YouTube Movie 1 and Movie 2
- More information about the alignment process, click here
IMPACT of the OCULUS project
The OCULUS project had the following impact:
- Improved quality of the curricula for optometry at the Higher Educations in Israel (HAC and BIU) and India (CHU, UOH and MAHE). The curricula are aligned with the requirements of the European Diploma and ready for accreditation
- Increased potential of the optometrist’s scope of practice and awareness of role in national health system
- Development of practical tools to fill the gaps, see guide
- Development of a Patient Logging Network as a teaching learning tool in the optometry education
- Implementation of Evidence Based Learning at all participating institutions in order to sustain Life-long Learning
- Analysis of GAPs in the curriculum by the new tool (OSAT), which is especially relevant for ECOO
- Knowledge sharing helped to implement measures to cope with the COVID-19 situation in the clinics
- Extended network for all participating institutions which is valuable for knowledge sharing and future collaborations
Quality Assurance of the OCULUS project
In short, the quality assurance of the OCULUS project consisted of:
- A questionnaire was performed after each Consortium Meeting to assess quality from participants’ perspectives, see here.
- Quality control mechanisms were implementedwithin each of the work packages (WPs) and in oversight of the project.
- Within the WPs, pilot processes existedto test the efficacy of teaching methods, ensuring that any methods that are embedded into curricula are effective and appropriate for each curriculum.
- A spreadsheet was used to monitor the quality. It included quality indicators related to tasks in each WP, and providing a means whereby these can be checked against the actual outputs from each task. A blank copy of the tool can be found here.