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Jun 9, 2023

In Episode 138 of The A&P Professor podcast for anatomy & physiology faculty, host Kevin Patton discusses some new thinking about organelle function, why decorative animations are not a good idea in our teaching slides, news about Wendy Riggs and the 2023 HAPS President's Medal, why I don't like timed tests, resources for AI in the curriculum, and why micro-credentials are our friends. With all that, how is that we left out any mention of carbaminohemoglobin?

00:00 | Introduction

00:50 | Wendy Riggs Wins Big

04:173 | Curricular Resources for AI

08:55 | Timed Online Tests

24:12 | Micro-credentials for Professional Development

31:53 | Dancing Organelles

40:13 | Distracting Animations

43:44 | Staying Connected


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Wendy Riggs Wins Big

3.5 minutes

At the 2023 HAPS Conference, Wendy Riggs, a College of the Redwoods educator, presented a workshop on alternative grading (mentioning 106 on ungrading ๐Ÿ˜Š). Wendy was awarded the prestigious HAPS President's Medal ๐Ÿ… for her contributions to anatomy and physiology education. Check out her YouTube videos for A&P and biology topics.

โ˜… 2023 President's Medal Was Presented By President Eric Sun to... (Wendy's award announcement)

 Ungrading With Standards-Based Grading | A Chat With Staci Johnson | TAPP 106

โ˜… Alternative Grading (a Slack group that discusses alternative grading)

โ˜… Wendy Riggs YouTube channel

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Dancing Organelles, AI Resources, Distracting Animations, Timed Tests & Micro-credentials | TAPP 138 

Curricular Resources about AI for Teaching

4.5 minutes

CRAFT (Curricular Resources about AI for Teaching) offers resources from Stanford University to enhance understanding and integration of artificial intelligence (AI) in education. They emphasize that knowledge of AI goes beyond coding and math, highlighting its influence on modern life. AI's reliance on human-generated data and the need for responsible design are explored. College faculty can subtly incorporate AI topics into their courses to prepare students for its real-world impact.

โ˜… Curricular Resources about AI for Teaching (CRAFT) (A project from the Stanford Graduate School of Education)

โ˜… Is AI the Beginning or End of Learning? | TAPP 131


Timed Online Tests

15 minutes

The discussion revolves around timed online tests and their impact on student learning. While timed tests aim to prevent cheating, they may inadvertently disadvantage students with certain challenges or learning disabilities. Kevin Patton suggests considering untimed tests, promoting inclusivity and accommodating students who may need extra time. He shares experiences and strategies that have worked for his students.

โ˜… Four Empirically Based Reasons Not to Administer Time-Limited Tests (article from Translational Issues in Psychological Science) 

โ˜… The Inclusive Anatomy & Physiology Course | Part 1 | TAPP 108


Micro-credentials for Professional Development

7.5 minutes

Discover the world of micro-credentials at The A&P Professor. Claim your digital badges and certificates by listening to podcast episodes and exploring online seminars. Showcase your dedication to continuing education and professional development. Your expertise deserves recognition!

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โ˜… Micro-Credentials & Gamification in the A&P Course | Brown & Black Skin | Refresher Tests | TAPP 87

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Dancing Organelles

8 minutes

In human science, we are always learning something newโ€”often replacing earlier ideas and descriptions. Nowhere is this as evident than in cell biology. This segment highlights some new thinking about organelles and their previously overlooked interactions. An example is the "dance" between mitochondria and endoplasmic reticulum (ER).

โ˜…  Ten Things We Forget to Tell Students About Cells | A Forest in My Office | TAPP 126

โ˜…  Organelle Communication: Joined in Sickness and in Health (article from Physiology)

โ˜…  How secret conversations inside cells are transforming biology (article from Nature)

โ˜…  Is Anatomy Finished? | A Review of New Discoveries | TAPP 105


Distracting Animations

3.5 minutes

Are your teaching animations more distracting than helpful? Discover the impact of decorative animations on student recall and cognitive load. Optimize your teaching materials for better learning outcomes by minimizing distractions and prioritizing clarity.

โ˜… Decorative animations impair recall and are a source of extraneous cognitive load (article from Advances in Physiological Education)

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

โ˜… Teaching With Slides

โ˜… Slides Serve the Story of Anatomy & Physiology | Episode 66



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