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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 15, 2022

This episode continues a discussion of the many simple strategies available for making our anatomy and physiology course more inclusive. Here, we learn eight more easy ways to make our courses work better for all learners.

0:00:00 | Introduction

0:00:46 | More on the Inclusive Course

0:07:51 | Sponsored by AAA

0:08:38 | 8. Student Interest Survey

0:14:35 | 9. Inclusive Office Hours

0:24:22 | Sponsored by HAPI

0:25:27 | 10. Valuing Diverse Viewpoints

0:29:08 | 11. Inclusive Classroom Demeanor

0:55:44 | Sponsored by HAPS

0:56:38 | 12. Learning from Mistakes

0:58:56 | 13. Suggest a Different Instructor

1:08:33 | 14. Many Challenges Are Invisible

1:13:12 | 15. Practice Love

1:16:01 | Staying Connected

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More on the Inclusive Course

7 minutes

This episode—and the previous one—discuss a large basket of practical ways we can make our anatomy and physiology course more inclusive. Here, we review the previous 7 tips and then set the stage for 8 more tips. And some news and updates.

★ Association of College & University Eductators (ACUE) toolkit (various resources for the inclusive course)

★ ADVANCING DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION IN HIGHER EDUCATION (report on benefits of making courses inclusive)

Burnout! A Chat with Rebecca Pope-Ruark | TAPP 91

★ Unraveling Faculty Burnout: Pathways to Reckoning and Renewal Paperback by Rebecca Pope-Ruark (Author)

★ Dr. Amanda J. Meyer on Twitter @amandameyerphd

★ ★ Use services like or to get students to pronounce their preferred names (and pronouns if they want) so you can learn the correct way to address them

★ HAPS Town Hall Archives


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

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

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8. Student Interest Survey

6 minutes

The more we know about students, the more we can figure out ways to include them in our course.

★ Answer Garden (the Answer Garden for Kevin's Pre-A&P course)

★ ACUE toolkit #8 (resources related to this tip)


9. Inclusive Office Hours

9.5 minutes

Are our office hours set up for our own convenience? Or do they instead reflect the diverse needs of our students? Learn how Kevin customizes his office hours by using an online scheduler.

★ ACUE toolkit #9 (resources related to this tip)

★ Kevin's online scheduler (combined view at AcuityScheduling; only the "student' appointment is linked in the course syllabus)

★ Link to other scheduling apps:


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 at Northeast College of Health Sciences. Check it out!

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10. Valuing Diverse Viewpoints

3.5 minutes

If we set expectations for valuing diverse viewpoints in our course—especially with the help (and buy-in) of our students—we can ramp up the inclusiveness of our course.

★ ACUE toolkit #10 (resources related to this tip)


11. Inclusive Classroom Demeanor

26.5 minutes

A playful class atmosphere is—by its very nature—an inclusive classroom atmosphere. The more flexible and playful our course is, the more inclusive it can become.

Playful & Serious Is the Perfect Combo for A&P | Episode 13

★ Why Deadlines Are Important (blog post for A&P students; recommends meeting deadlines but suggests asking for flexibility when needed; link to this post from your course)

Faculty Mindsets & Minority Student Achievement Gaps | Journal Club | TAPP 71


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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12. Learning from Mistakes

2.5 minutes

We cannot evolve to be more inclusive faculty if we do not recognize and correct our mistakes.

Making Mistakes Teaching Anatomy & Physiology | Episode 63


13. Suggest a Different Instructor

9.3 minutes

Sometimes, things simply do not click between you and a student—possibly thwarting their success. If possible, a student may benefit from switching to a section with a different instructor.

★ The relationship between psychological identification with instructors and student ratings of college courses (research article from Instructional Science)


14. Many Challenges Are Invisible

4.5 minutes

If we are on the lookout only for visible diversity and visible challenges our students may face, we are going to miss the many different invisible challenges. If we want our course to be more inclusive, we must consider the invisible.

★ Invisible Disabilities and Postsecondary Education (article from DO-IT)

★ Disability and Higher Education: “But You Don’t Look Disabled": Legitimizing Invisible Disabilities (article from the UN)


15. Practice Love

5 minutes

Practicing love—compassion, empathy, and kindness—for all our students is the foundational strategy that underlies all the tips the given in these two episodes on making our course more inclusive.

★ The Value of Empathy in Academia: Why You Should Care (article from American Society for Microbiology)

Connecting in The Distance Course Special | Episode 50 (where I discuss the role of empathy in the A&P course)


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