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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 2, 2020

Greg Crowther joins host Kevin Patton for a conversation about retrieval practice, online formative testing, and Test Question Templates (TQTs). We learn how TQTs can help students learn and can help teachers prepare effective exams.

  • 00:44 | Pandemic Teaching Book (please share!)
  • 01:57 | Sponsored by AAA
  • 01:46 | Introducing Greg Crowther
  • 03:57 | Test Question Templates (TQTs)
  • 21:58 | Sponsored by HAPI
  • 22:46 | Higher-Level Test Questions
  • 49:37 | Sponsored by HAPS
  • 50:16 | Staying Connected

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When information overload occurs, pattern recognition is how to determine truth. (Marshall MacLuhan)


Pandemic Teaching

1 minute

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  • Pandemic Teaching: A Survival Guide for College Faculty


Sponsored by AAA

1 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

Searchable transcript

Captioned audiogram 

Want some microscopic images to use in your course? Try the Virtual Microscopy Database (VMD)—free for AAA members and nonmembers alike! (just click the Resources tab)

Check out the recent issue of Anatomical Sciences Education (ASE) focusing on remote teaching .(click the News & Journals tab)

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

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Introducing Greg Crowther

1 minute

Greg Crowther, Ph.D., is a faculty member at Everett Community College (near Seattle) and has training and experience in both human biology and teaching/learning. His publications on using content-rich songs for learning have been widely cited. Greg's voice has been heard on previous episodes of this podcast.

a conversation with Greg Crowther


Test Question Templates (TQTs)

18 minutes

Greg Crowther begins by laying a foundation by chatting with Kevin Patton about content from recent episodes about retrieval practice. Greg then introduces his strategy involving Test Question Templates—or TQTs for short—which were recently described in a paper in the journal HAPS Educator.

HAPS Educator cover, Spring 2020


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


Higher-Level Test Questions

27 minutes

The conversation continues with a deep dive into how Test Question Templates work—and how we and our students can use them in teaching and learning.

  • Testing in the Age of Active Learning: Test Question Templates Help to Align Activities and Assessments (Greg Crowther's paper in HAPS Educator)

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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