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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 24, 2021

Ever wonder why topics in A&P seem to have a uniform order of topics in all the courses & textbooks? Host Kevin Patton discusses the proper order of those concepts. We continue the discussion of gamification, including a focus on leaderboards. And we tackle why pandemic learning causes students to lament that they have to teach themselves.

  • 00:00 | Quotation & Intro
  • 00:44 | More on Gamification
  • 06:20 | Sponsored by AAA
  • 07:38 | Leaderboard Competition
  • 16:02 | Sponsored by HAPI
  • 17:16 | Pandemic Feelings of Learning
  • 25:12 | Sponsored by HAPS
  • 26:16 | Order of A&P Topics
  • 35:27 | TAPP Community
  • 36:03 | The Proper Order?
  • 41:18 | Staying Connected

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More on Gamification

5.5 minutes

We revisit how Kevin uses Badgr badges in his course and in the TAPP-ed program—including the main steps for setting up either badges internal to the learning management system (LMS) or external to the LMS.

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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

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Captioned audiogram 

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Leaderboard Competition

8.5 minutes

Competition can be a potent part of the gamification strategy in education. This competition can motivate students to keep going and keep succeeding. One way to to support this kind of competition and collaboration is to use a leaderboard. Leaderboards are built into the Badgr microcredential system— as well as other microcredential systems.

  • The effect of challenge-based gamification on learning: An experiment in the context of statistics education (recent research study on using leaderboards in higher ed)
  • Kevin's badge page for his Pre-A&P students
  • 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)
  • Using Badgr's Course Leaderboard
  • Gamification in Science Education. A Systematic Review of the Literature. (review article from the journal Education Sciences)
  • The Gamification of Learning: a Meta-analysis (journal article from Educational Psychology Review)

Leaderboard competition showing Duolingo and Canvas leaderboards


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


Pandemic Feelings of Learning

8 minutes

Applying what we learned from The A&P Professor Journal Club in Episode 83, we examine that common student lament heard while pandemic teaching: I feel like I have to teach myself! Just one element of the pandemic teaching & learning experience, maybe this one is partly explained by the natural gap between "feelings of learning" and "actual learning" experience when moving from passive to active learning strategies. Maybe.


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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Order of A&P Topics

9 minutes

Ever wonder how the nearly universal order or sequence of A&P topics got settled? The mystery is revealed in this segment!

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The Proper Order?

5 minutes

Another mystery revealed: the proper order of topics in the A&P course. Really. The definitive answer!

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