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Content updates and teaching advice for teachers of human anatomy & physiology (A&P) from professor, author, and mentor Kevin Patton. 

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Feb 9, 2021

Allowing students to earn badges in the A&P course provides motivation to master all the concepts and also provides granular documentation of learning beyond the transcripted course grade. Host Kevin Patton shares his experience, along with a discussion of skin color in teaching future health professionals and the use of refresher tests to get students ready for their A&P course.

  • 00:00 | Quotation
  • 00:46 | Refresher Tests
  • 08:49 | Sponsored by AAA
  • 10:13 | Black & Brown Skin
  • 19:48 | Sponsored by HAPI
  • 20:54 | Badges 1: Digital Micro-Credentials
  • 29:06 | Sponsored by HAPS
  • 30:07 | Badges 2: Gamification
  • 38:11 | Staying Connected

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Refresher Tests

8 minutes

A brief "refresher" on refresher tests, or as Kevin calls them... Test Zero. Pulling together ideas mentioned in past episodes, Kevin describes how he uses initial review tests in A&P 1 and a bit differently in A&P 2 to get students better prepared for their course. And he reveals the learning science behind why they work.

Test Zero


Sponsored by AAA

1.5 minutes

A searchable transcript for this episode, as well as the captioned audiogram of this episode, are sponsored by the American Association for Anatomy (AAA) at

Searchable transcript

Captioned audiogram 

Don't forget—HAPS members get a deep discount on AAA membership!

Sign up for the new VDD or Virtual Dissection Database. You can access it at

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Black & Brown Skin | Book Club

9.5 minutes

A&P faculty have the awesome responsibility to "set the stage" for future health professionals. One way we can do this is to start early with an awareness of anatomic variations and how they influence observation of clinical signs. That that starts with the skin, particularly how common clinical conditions appear in a variety of skin colors. A new recommendation from The A&P Professor Book Club may help us (and our students) with that.

Book Cover: Mind the Gap


Sponsored by HAPI Online Graduate Program

1 minute

The Master of Science in Human Anatomy & Physiology Instruction—the MS-HAPI—is a graduate program for A&P teachers, especially for those who already have a graduate/professional degree. A combination of science courses (enough to qualify you to teach at the college level) and courses in contemporary instructional practice, this program helps you be your best in both on-campus and remote teaching. Kevin Patton is a faculty member in this program. Check it out!

NYCC Human Anatomy and Physiology Instruction


Badges 1: Digital Micro-Credentials

8 minutes

Returning to the concept of badges (which are available for podcasts, book readings, seminars, etc., in The A&P Professor universe world), Kevin talks about the value of badges both for us as professional educators and for our students. The example of the latter is Kevin's use of badges in his Pre-A&P course.


Sponsored by HAPS

1 minute

The Human Anatomy & Physiology Society (HAPS) is a sponsor of this podcast.  You can help appreciate their support by clicking the link below and checking out the many resources and benefits found there. Watch for virtual town hall meetings and upcoming regional meetings!

Anatomy & Physiology Society

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Badges 2: Gamification

8 minutes

The digital micro-credential conversation continues with a discussion of the gamification advantage to using badges in a higher-ed course. And we circle back to the "credential" aspect of badges, too.

  • Duolingo (free app for learning a new language, where Kevin is currently experiencing the advantages of gamification as he learns the Esperanto lingvo, er, language)
  • Gamifying Education: Motivation and the Implementation of Digital Badges for Use in Higher Education (journal article)
  • The Usefulness of Digital Badges in Higher Education - Exploring the Student Perspectives (journal article)
  • The Elements of Gamification Learning in Higher Education: A Systematic Literature Review

gamification in higher ed: using badges to motivate students in A&P

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