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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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Mar 14, 2020

In this "emergency" bonus episode, host Kevin Patton outlines ways to quickly move our courses from on-campus venues to remote delivery during a public health event. And sing along with Greg Crowther to keep our spirits up!

00:42 | Let's Move!
01:50 | Support Our Sponsors
02:36 | Sing a Song. Sing It Loud.
11:54 | Sights and Sounds
18:18 | Sing It Strong
20:41 | Keeping It Real
26:11 | Stay Connected


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All adventures, especially into new territory, are scary. (Sally Ride)

Let's Move!

1 minute

We've been told to pack up and move our course home from campus to the nebulous and scary "remote." What to do?!

Bonus Episode 64b


Support Our Sponsors

1 minute

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Sing a Song. Sing It Loud.

9 minutes

The first 6 tips—out of one million, er... 19, total in this episode. Plus a sing-along. Really.

  • Tips
    • 1. Don't forget to breathe.
    • 2. Pretend you're going to that cancelled conference.
    • 3. Less is more.
    • 4. Ask for help.
    • 5. Involve the world.
    • 6. Involve students.
  • Don't forget to breathe! (blog post for students)
  • Making Mistakes Teaching Anatomy & Physiology | Episode 63 (it's okay—really!)
  • The Sodium Jeer about cells keeping sodium (Na+) out. Na, Na, Na... This can help students remember where sodium is and how it behaves in a variety of physiological processes. (Warning: ear bug)
      • Includes guidance, study questions, lyrics, sound file, sheet music (with melody play-back)
      • Lyrics (let's all sing along, okay?):
        Na Na Na Na Na Na!
        Sodium can't get in!
      • Additional lyrics (when sodium channel open, produding a "funny" current)
        Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha!
        Sodium CAN get in!
  • Fick's Law of Diffusion about the equation for calculating diffusion rates.
      • Includes guidance, lesson plan, study questions, lyrics, sound file, music video, sheet music (with melody play-back)
      • Lyrics (are you singing along?):
        Fick says how quick, A molecule will diffuse.
        Delta P times A times k, Over D is the law to use.Fick says how quick, A molecule will diffuse.
        Delta P times A times k, Over D is the law to use.(Fick) Pressure difference,
        (Fick) Surface area,
        (Fick) And the constant k
        Are multiplied together.
        (Fick) They're divided by
        (Fick) Diffusion barrier
        (Fick) To determine the exact rate of diffusion.
  • Used by permission. But these are meant to be shared. Thanks Greg Crowther!


Sights and Sounds

6.5 minute

The next seven tips...

  • Tips
    • 7. Remote is not always online.
    • 8. Do some video.
    • 9. Do some audio.
    • 10. Keep things brief.
    • 11. Be nimble.
    • 12. Teach by testing.
    • 13. Testing is not always teaching.
  • TechSmith is helping organizations and academic institutions who are preparing for prolonged absences and/or campus closures due to COVID-19. They are offering free access and expanded usage of tools that help enable educational continuity.
  • Online Lecture Previews (my online seminar about my approach to online videos; can be adapted a number of ways)
  • Kevin Flaherty's amazing, stupendous collection of resources:
  • Powerful Teaching: Unleash the Science of Learning (book on retrieval practice and other ideas by Pooja K. Agarwal & Patrice M. Bain)
  • Testing As a Teaching Strategy | Episode 2
  • Spaced Retrieval Practice | Episode 1
  • Testing as Teaching (my seminar on using formative testing as a learning process; can be adapted for emergency remote learning)

nimble cat


Sing it Strong

2.5 minutes

Another musical interlude. Yep, for singing along. And learning. After all, isn't that what musicals are for?

  • Greg Crowther's STEM songs website (you gotta see this)
  • The Place Principle about how pitches are transduced at different places along the cochlea.
    • Includes context, lesson plan, study questions, karaoke, sound file, sheet music, more!
    • Lyrics:
      Which pitch will make your hair cells twitch?
      (Doo, doot, doo, doot.)
      Which pitch will make your hair cells twitch?
      (Doo, doot, doo, doot.)
      When I talk to ya through your cochlea?
      (Doo, doot, doo, doot.)
      When I talk to ya through your cochlea?
      (Doo, doot, doo, doot.)
      From apex to base, each pitch has a place!
      (Doo, doot, doo, doot.)
      From apex to base, each pitch has a place!
      (Doo, doot, doo, doot.)
      When I talk to ya through your cochlea,
      You'll hear; you'll hear!
      When I talk to ya through your cochlea,
      You'll hear; you'll hear!
    • Used by permission, thanks to Greg Crowther.
  • Spinal Nerve Plexuses about which nerves contribute to which plexuses.

DJ setup


Keeping it Real

5.5 minutes

The next six tips. Real ones. About reality. Or not.

  • Tips
    • 14. Read the book.
    • 15. Just in case.
    • 16. Learning is art and art is learning.
    • 17. Simulate reality.
    • 18. Embrace reality.
    • 19. No side trips.
  •  READ and RAID your textbook! (blog post for students about how to effectively use their textbook)
  • The Case for Case Studies | Episode 52

Episode 52


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