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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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Jul 5, 2021

We continue our two-part series that explores simple ways that we can make our teaching slides more engaging—and therefore more effective for learning. Let's leave behind those boring slide templates and make our presentations work better for our lectures, case studies, labs, and other learning activities.

00:00 | Introduction

00:46 | Previous Slide Tricks

06:23 | Sponsored by AAA

07:36 | Proper Use of Terminology

14:34 | Distorting Images

15:50 | Sponsored by HAPI

17:06 | Terrific Title Slides

29:12 | Sponsored by HAPS

30:07 | Avoid Presenting in Edit Mode

32:12 | Don't Read Slides & Don't Always Follow Rules

34:33 | Staying Connected


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Previous Slide Tricks

5.5 minutes

Before getting down to learning new tricks, we take a moment to review the tricks already learned (or reviewed) in the previous episode—Episode 95.

More Slide Tricks | Effective Teaching Presentations | TAPP 95

★ Also review:

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

★ ★ Slides Serve the Story of Anatomy & Physiology | Episode 66

★ ★ Simple Ideas for Pandemic Teaching | Episode 67

★ ★ The Storytelling Special | Episode 48

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Sponsored by AAA

1.5 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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Proper Use of Terminology

7 minutes

If we use different terminology or formatting (e.g., of ion notation, chemical formulae, etc.) than our textbook, we need to connect that for students. Even better, stick with the content and style of the textbook. Proper usage models professional and accurate communication for students.

International Terminology

More on Spelling, Case, & Grammar | Episode 56

Communication, Clarity, & Medical Errors | Episode 55

The Eponym Episode | Using Modern Terminology | Episode 40

More on Eponyms in A&P Terminology | Episode 41



Distorting Images

1.5 minutes

We want to make our images on slides as large as possible. But if we enlarge disproportionately—to make it fit just right—then it may confuse students. At the very least, it will appear unprofessional and perhaps a bit jarring. Just don't, okay?

distorted image of sagittal section of head showing the olfactory bulb


Sponsored by HAPI Online Graduate Program

1.5 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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Terrific Title Slides

12 minutes

Why use boring title slides that simply have the topic, chapter title, and/or chapter number? That signal to students, "prepare to be bored." Yep, I think so. Let's chunk our slide decks into short modules, each with an interesting title slide that tells students, "we're going on another adventure!" Here are some ideas.

★ 10 creative Ideas for your Title- and End-Slides in Presentations

Using Media in Our A&P Course & Advice From Barbara Waxer | Episode 28

Finding Media | Images and More for Teaching Anatomy & Physiology

★ Public Domain Images For Artists - 25+ Collections | MoMa UK (curated collection of art you can use in your presentations)

Vincent Van Gogh's painting of a skull


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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Avoid Presenting in Edit Mode

2 minutes

Lots of ideas on using images effectively in our slides. Images may be the true heart and purpose of using slides to teach.

Finding Media | Images and More for Teaching Anatomy & Physiology

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Don't Read Slides & Don't Always Follow Rules

2.5 minutes

Just don't.

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