Oct 5, 2021
Can you believe it? Even more questions about my wacky testing scheme are answered in this episode—this time regarding stats demonstrating effectiveness of these strategies. I also talk about gray hair turning brown, naturally, why we do NOT want our students to master A&P concepts, and why we want to become the hippocampus. One of the weirdest episodes yet!
00:00 | Introduction
00:42 | Growing in Kindness
10:02 | Sponsored by AAA
10:52 | We Are the Hippocampus
17:03| Sponsored by HAPI
17:46 | Turn My Gray Hair Brown
22:39 | Sponsored by HAPS
23:18 | Online Testing: Effectiveness Data
50:16 | Staying Connected
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Following up on a theme about being sensitive and accurate in our terminology introduced in Episode 101, Kevin discusses wrestling with the term master and its derivatives such as mastery. This is part of his efforts at becoming a kinder, more compassionate, and more empathetic teacher.
★ Racist Computer Engineering Words: ‘Master,’ ‘Slave’ and the Fight Over Offensive Terms - The New York Times (article about controversy surrounding potentially offensive terminology) my-ap.us/3laBH3c
★ Let’s dump master-slave terms: they’re vague, horrible, and we’re better off without them (article about the controversy that examines alternatives) my-ap.us/3Bdgk6O
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New information about the functions of the hippocampus suggest that it helps us link together memories to form a kind of narrative in our minds. Likewise, the A&P instructor helps students connect together seemingly distant concepts into a coherent narrative. Let's be the hippocampus!
★ Hippocampus Is the Brain’s Storyteller - Neuroscience News (summary of recent discovery) my-ap.us/3uD7MUx
★ The hippocampus constructs narrative memories across distant events: Current Biology (research article about the discovery) my-ap.us/3a80azK
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We know all too well that our hairs can turn from their natural color to white, giving the overall appearance of patches of gray hair. We also know that stress can be cause of that transformation. New research shows that in some people, a period of non-stress can allow some white hairs to return to their natural color. What?!
★ Making Mistakes Teaching Anatomy & Physiology | Episode 63 (includes segment on how stress causes graying of hair)
★ Gray Hair Can Return to Its Original Color--and Stress Is Involved, of Course - Scientific American (feature article summarizing new information on hair gray-reversal) my-ap.us/3l9a9uW
★ Quantitative mapping of human hair greying and reversal in relation to life stress | eLife (research article outlining the discovery) my-ap.us/2YsQUE9
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All kinds of practical tips on using randomized tests, why we (especially) need transparency when using them, making test items, formats, student-generated test items, and more.
★ ★ This is an updated & re-recorded version of the invited conference paper Testing as Teaching Co-Medical Anatomy: A Practical View (Anatomical Science International 79 p. 188) presented at the 16th International Conference of the IFAA (Kyoto, Japan) in 2002.
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