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The A&P Professor Podcast
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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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Sep 7, 2021

After getting some questions after the previous episode, host Kevin Patton continues his discussion of his wacky scheme of open online testing. Not unrelated is a new entry of an old book into The A&P Professor Book Clubโ€”it's Ken Bain's classic book What The Best College Teachers Do. And we celebrate the one hundredth episode of this podcast!

0:00:00 | Introduction

0:00:42 | 100th Episode!

0:09:40 | Book Club

0:14:23 | Sponsored by AAA

0:16:07 | But, But, But...

0:29:00| Sponsored by HAPI

0:30:32 | An Open Test for All Seasons

0:58:58 | Sponsored by HAPS

1:00:27 | Test Feedback

1:19:16 | Staying Connected

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In the real world, the tests are all open book. (Jeff Jarvis)


100th Episode

9 minutes

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Book Club

4.5 minutes

Kevin discusses his long-time favorite book about college teaching, Ken Bain's classic book, What the Best College Teachers Do.

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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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Don't forgetโ€”HAPS members get a deep discount on AAA membership!

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But, But, But...

13 minutes

Kevin discusses some questions and reactions to topics from the previous episode on his wacky scheme of cumulative, randomized, open, online tests.

โ˜… Quizzed About Tests | FAQs About Patton Test Strategies | TAPP 99 (the episode upon which this discussion is based)

โ˜… Kevin discusses teaching as an art and faculty as artists, bringing up the abstract paintings of Brian Smith

โ˜… The Case for Transparency | Episode 51 (more about the transparency discussed in this segment)

โ˜… Taking Bold Steps in Teaching | Notetaking | Science Updates | TAPP 90 (includes strategies for getting colleagues and supervisors on board when trying something wacky, er, bold)

โ˜… Pandemic Teaching (Kevin's book and other resources that discuss many of the topics discussed here)

Now available in paperback! Best seller. cover of Pandemic Teaching: A Survival Guide for College Faculty


Sponsored by HAPI Online Graduate Program

1.5 minute

The Master of Science in Human Anatomy & Physiology Instructionโ€”the MS-HAPIโ€”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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An Open Book for All Seasons

28.5 minutes

Are open-book tests appropriate for all kinds of courses? What about graduate vs. undergraduate? What about graduate programs in health professions? What about courses that prepare students for board exams or licensing exams? Not unrelated to these issues are issues of test integrity. Lots to discuss here!

โ˜… Micro-Credentials & Gamification in the A&P Course | Brown & Black Skin | Refresher Tests | TAPP 87 (discusses the "Test Zero" refresher test)

โ˜… Teaching in Higher Ed podcast with Bonni Stachowiak Episode 350 Ungrading with Susan D. Blum (includes a comment by Bonnie regarding adopting radical strategies in disciplines with board exams)

โ˜… Using the calculator at the number of possible versions of a test with 30 items, each with a 5-question pool of 5-choice multiple-choice items is 105,775,006,930,246,814,341,036,073,590,891,431,129,862,778,778,247,166,740,330,846,420,091,063,500,800,000,000

โ˜… Promoting Academic Integrity in Our Course | Episode 25

โ˜… The Cheater! Academic Integrity in Remote Learning | TAPP 81 
an open blank book with caption: open-book testing, does it work?


Sponsored by HAPS

1.5 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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Test Feedback

8.5 minutes

In this segment, Kevin discusses how open, online tests can be added to a scheme of closed exams.  He continues with some ideas and strategies for giving students feedback on their online tests. And we circle back to transparency and how it needs to be done in multiple rounds.

โ˜… Test Debriefing Boosts Student Learning | Episode 11

โ˜… Test Item Analysis (walks students through the process of analyzing their scored tests to find patterns that can be fixed for subsequent tests; includes form that a student can use; you can link to this in your course)

โ˜… Test Item Challenge (explains to students how to challenge a tests item)

practice test


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