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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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Jun 21, 2021

Everybody loves to hate teaching with slides. But maybe that's because we've not fully developed our skills! Host Kevin Patton build on previous advice to improve our mastery of the slide-of-hand we need for effective learning. Let's turn that hate into love! This is the first of a two-episode series.

00:00 | Introduction

00:58 | Buy One, Get One

02:06 | I Need Help!

10:20 | Sponsored by AAA

11:47 | Less Text, More Story

24:25 | Sponsored by HAPI

25:49 | Chunky Style Slides

39:44 | Sponsored by HAPS

41:08 | Where Art Thou?

48:16 | Slide Tricks

50:12 | Staying Connected


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Buy One, Get One

1 minute

This is the first of two episodes in a series about using slides to teach effectively. Yeah, I know—everybody hates the idea of using slides. But maybe it's because we don't know how to use them well. And yeah, some of this has been covered in different ways in previous episodes. But this kind of overlap—or layering—is a proven learning technique, right?

Teaching Slides: Smooth and Simple Animations Dramatize the Story of A&P | TAPP 89

Slides Serve the Story of Anatomy & Physiology | Episode 66

Simple Ideas for Pandemic Teaching | Episode 67

The Storytelling Special | Episode 48

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I Need Help!

8 minutes

We're all a bit overloaded and overwhelmed these days, right? Yeah, I'm feeling that pain right now. I need help. Will you please help me?

TAPP Journal Club with Krista Rompolski

Test Question Templates Help Students Learn | TAPP 70

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Sponsored by AAA

1.5 minute

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

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

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Less Text, More Story

12.5 minutes

I've said this before. I say it all the time. You're sick of me saying it. But you know what? We need that continual and consistent messaging so that maybe it will eventually become part of our working memory—our conscious awareness. So here, we go again.

Teaching Slides: Smooth and Simple Animations Dramatize the Story of A&P | TAPP 89

Slides Serve the Story of Anatomy & Physiology | Episode 66

Simple Ideas for Pandemic Teaching | Episode 67

The Storytelling Special | Episode 48

★ 10 tips on how to make slides that communicate your idea, from TED’s in-house expert (example of a TED Talk)



Sponsored by HAPI Online Graduate Program

1.5 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 at Northeast College of Health Sciences. Check it out!

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Chunky Style Slides

14 minutes

If we follow the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) mindset, we know that chunking content into pieces that are easy for students to focus on. But why do we often end up putting a lot of concepts on one teaching slide? Here, I suggest that "chunky style" may be best for learning. And I also suggest that a useful mantra to chant while putting text into our slides is, "think telegraph, not paragraph."

★ Guidelines for Universal Design for Learning (UDL)

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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!

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Where Art Thou?

7 minutes

Lots of ideas on using images effectively in our slides. Images may be the true heart and purpose of using slides to teach.

Finding Media | Images and More for Teaching Anatomy & Physiology



Slide Tricks

2 minutes

A wrap up of points made in this episode—there are so many! And a look ahead at the next episode.

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