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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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Apr 5, 2022

In this episode, host Kevin Patton asks, how do we handle the trepidation we experience when we are flooded with uncertainty after an intense learning experience? Some thoughts about being upfront about using models, analogies, and color codes in science. And we explore that difficult question: should we extend deadlines for students when they ask?

00:00 | Introduction

00:43 | Trepidation After New Learning

05:13 | Sponsored by AAA

05:49 | Transparency About Models, Analogies, and Color Codes

23:38 | Sponsored by HAPI

24:36 | Leniency With Deadlines

30:21 | Sponsored by HAPS

31:00 | Is Leniency Fair?

40:32 | Staying Connected


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Trepidation After New Learning

4 minutes

You know that feeling of trepidation we get after a conference, course, or other intense learning experience? Where we feel uncertainty about whether we'll ever be able to retrieve it again and apply it. No worries. Let's talk that through.

Understanding How We Learn—A Chat with Yana Weinstein & Megan Sumeracki | Episode 27

collage with captions: should we extend deadlines? Models, analogies, & color codes, How can we retain all that learning?


Sponsored by AAA

33 seconds

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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Transparency About Models, Analogies, and Color Codes

18 minutes

As experts in science, we are already comfortable using models, analogies, and color codes. But some of our students may not have that familiarity and comfort. Maybe transparency about these tools at the beginning of the A&P course can help students get traction in our course.

The Case for Transparency | Episode 51

The Wallenda Model of Homeostasis | Episode 46

Fishbowl Model of Homeostasis | Concept Lists | TAPP Identity | Episode 45

The Storytelling Special | Episode 48

Actin & Myosin — A Love Story | Episode 15

★ Colors of chemical elements (summary of different systems)

★ Jmol system of colors for chemicals elements (specifications and color charts)

★ A Guide For Teaching With Analogies (some basic principles to helps students who struggle with analogies)

★ Assessing students’ understanding of models of biological processes: a revised framework (journal article in International Journal of Science Education)


Sponsored by HAPI Online Graduate Program

54 seconds

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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Leniency With Deadlines

6.5 minutes

We usually have deadlines or specific dates for assignments, tests, exams, and projects. We can be strict with those deadlines or we can be lenient. Are there any advantages to be lenient with deadlines when we have them?

The Inclusive Anatomy & Physiology Course | Part 2 | 8 More Tips to Include All | TAPP 109 (includes the notion of deadlines as barriers to full inclusion)

Burnout! A Chat with Rebecca Pope-Ruark | TAPP 91 (where we talk about deadline flexibility as a strategy to mitigate student burnout)


Sponsored by HAPS

36 seconds

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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Is Leniency Fair?

9.5 minutes

If we are lenient about deadlines with a student, is that fair to all the other students who may have struggled to be on time?

★ Why Deadlines Are Important (blog post that I link my students to; lists reasons why meeting deadlines has advantages for the student)

★ Respondus (software I use to build test banks; can generate multiple, randomized versions of the same test or exam with just a few keystrokes)



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