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  • Explore human anatomy and physiology (A&P) teaching and learning with host Kevin Patton. An experienced professor, textbook author, and mentor, Kevin is a recognized leader in A&P teaching. The A&P Professor updates science content and provides practical teaching advice. Want some ideas to supercharge your A&P course? How about some support from a fellow A&P professor? This is the podcast for you!
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  • Grading for Proficiency | Book Club: The One World School House | TAPP 103

    Oct 19 2021
    Can we create a course that ensures a student is proficient in all concept groups and not just in some? Where everyone who passes is at a B+ level of proficiency (or better)? In this episode, host Kevin Patton describes his experiment with what he calls proficiency grading. And we have new and appropriately controversial selection for The A&P Professor Book Club: The One World School House by Salman Khan. 00:00 | Introduction 00:56 | Book Club: The One World School House 13:30 | Sponsored by AAA 14:20 | Does Averaging Grades Measure Proficiency? 21:35| Sponsored by HAPI 22:20 | Importance of Foundation Concepts 29:46| Sponsored by HAPS 30:26 | Example of Proficiency Testing 38:47 | Staying Connected   ★ If you cannot see or activate the audio player, go to: theAPprofessor.org/podcast-episode-103.html 🏅 Apply for your credential (badge/certificate) for listening to this episode: theAPprofessor.org/podcast-episode-103.html/#badge ❓ Please take the anonymous survey: theAPprofessor.org/survey ☝️ Questions & Feedback: 1-833-LION-DEN (1-833-546-6336) ✔️ Follow The A&P Professor on Twitter, Facebook, Blogger, Revue, Tumblr, or Instagram! @theAPprofessor 📰 Get the almost-daily TAPP Science & Education Updates theAPprofessor.org/updates It is the connections among concepts—or the lack of connections—that separate the students who memorize a formula for an exam only to forget it the next month and the students who internalize the concepts and are able to apply them when they need them a decade later. (Salmon Khan)   Book Club: The One World School House 12.5 minutes A new entry in The A&P Professor Book Club, this book by Salman Khan, developer of  Khan Academy, has been very influential for Kevin. Listen to some impressions of The One World School House: Education Reimagined in this segment, then read additional notes in The A&P Professor Book Club review. ★ Book Club for Anatomy & Physiology Professors ★ The One World School House book club description: my-ap.us/bookclub41 ★ Bookstore description: geni.us/IgLjaXg   Sponsored by AAA 0.5 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 anatomy.org. Searchable transcript Captioned audiogram  Don't forget—HAPS members get a deep discount on AAA membership!   Does Averaging Grades Measure Proficiency? 7 minutes When we average our assignments and tests, or total their points, to arrive at a course grade, are we potentially glossing over deficits in learning? In this segment explores the idea that students may be incompetent in one or more groups of concepts and still get a B in our course. Might it be better to require a minimum score on all tests? ★ Quizzed About Tests | FAQs About Patton Test Strategies | TAPP 99 ★ More Quizzing About Kevin’s Wacky Testing Scheme | Book Club | TAPP 100 ★ Even MORE Test Answers | Normal Body Temperature? | TAPP 101 ★ Online Testing Effectiveness Data | Turning My Gray Hair Brown | TAPP 102   Sponsored by HAPI Online Graduate Program 0.5 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! northeastcollege.edu/hapi   Importance of Foundational Concepts 7.5 minutes If a student performs under par on early course modules that require understanding foundational concepts, how can they be expected to succeed in later modules that require that foundational knowledge? Maybe that's not the best approach.   Sponsored by HAPS 0.5 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! Anatomy & Physiology Society theAPprofessor.org/haps   Example of Proficiency Grading 8.5 minutes Here, Kevin shares some experience from his Pre-A&P course—which uses proficiency grading. Each student must pass a module test with a B+ or better (85% score) before the next module is unlocked, eventually unlocking the final exam. All topics in the course must have a B+ score before students can pass this pass/fail course. NOTE: The terms proficiency grading and mastery grading and related terms can each mean different things in different contexts. For the purpose of this episode, grading for proficiency means grading in a way that ensures that all essential objectives of a course are met at an acceptable level to ...
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    41 mins
  • Online Testing Effectiveness Data | Turning My Gray Hair Brown | TAPP 102

    Oct 5 2021
    Can you believe it? Even more questions about my wacky testing scheme are answered in this episode—this time regarding stats demonstrating effectiveness of these strategies. I also talk about gray hair turning brown, naturally, why we do NOT want our students to master A&P concepts, and why we want to become the hippocampus. One of the weirdest episodes yet! 00:00 | Introduction 00:42 | Growing in Kindness 10:02 | Sponsored by AAA 10:52 | We Are the Hippocampus 17:03| Sponsored by HAPI 17:46 | Turn My Gray Hair Brown 22:39 | Sponsored by HAPS 23:18 | Online Testing: Effectiveness Data 50:16 | Staying Connected   ★ If you cannot see or activate the audio player, go to: theAPprofessor.org/podcast-episode-102.html 🏅 Apply for your credential (badge/certificate) for listening to this episode: theAPprofessor.org/podcast-episode-102.html/#badge ❓ Please take the anonymous survey: theAPprofessor.org/survey ☝️ Questions & Feedback: 1-833-LION-DEN (1-833-546-6336) ✔️ Follow The A&P Professor on Twitter, Facebook, Blogger, Revue, Tumblr, or Instagram! @theAPprofessor 📰 Get the almost-daily TAPP Science & Education Updates theAPprofessor.org/updates If you need statistics to prove it, it isn't true. (anonymous professor)   Growing in Kindness 9.5 minutes Following up on a theme about being sensitive and accurate in our terminology introduced in Episode 101, Kevin discusses wrestling with the term master and its derivatives such as mastery. This is part of his efforts at becoming a kinder, more compassionate, and more empathetic teacher. ★ Even MORE Test Answers | Normal Body Temperature? | TAPP 101 ★ Racist Computer Engineering Words: ‘Master,’ ‘Slave’ and the Fight Over Offensive Terms - The New York Times (article about controversy surrounding potentially offensive terminology) my-ap.us/3laBH3c ★ Let’s dump master-slave terms: they’re vague, horrible, and we’re better off without them (article about the controversy that examines alternatives) my-ap.us/3Bdgk6O   Sponsored by AAA 0.5 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 anatomy.org. Searchable transcript Captioned audiogram  Don't forget—HAPS members get a deep discount on AAA membership!   We Are the Hippocampus 6 minutes New information about the functions of the hippocampus suggest that it helps us link together memories to form a kind of narrative in our minds. Likewise, the A&P instructor helps students connect together seemingly distant concepts into a coherent narrative. Let's be the hippocampus! ★ The Storytelling Special | Episode 48 ★ Hippocampus Is the Brain’s Storyteller - Neuroscience News (summary of recent discovery) my-ap.us/3uD7MUx ★ The hippocampus constructs narrative memories across distant events: Current Biology (research article about the discovery) my-ap.us/3a80azK   Sponsored by HAPI Online Graduate Program 0.5 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! northeastcollege.edu/hapi   Turn My Gray Hair Brown 3 minutes We know all too well that our hairs can turn from their natural color to white, giving the overall appearance of patches of gray hair. We also know that stress can be cause of that transformation. New research shows that in some people, a period of non-stress can allow some white hairs to return to their natural color. What?! ★ Making Mistakes Teaching Anatomy & Physiology | Episode 63 (includes segment on how stress causes graying of hair) ★ Gray Hair Can Return to Its Original Color--and Stress Is Involved, of Course - Scientific American (feature article summarizing new information on hair gray-reversal) my-ap.us/3l9a9uW ★ Quantitative mapping of human hair greying and reversal in relation to life stress | eLife (research article outlining the discovery) my-ap.us/2YsQUE9   Sponsored by HAPS 0.5 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! Anatomy & Physiology Society theAPprofessor.org/haps   Online Testing: Effectiveness Data 27 minutes All kinds of practical tips on using randomized tests, why we (especially) need transparency when using them, making test items, formats, student-generated test items, and more. ★ Quizzed About ...
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    52 mins
  • Even MORE Test Answers | Normal Body Temperature? | TAPP 101

    Sep 21 2021
    Have you ever really considered the actual meaning that word "normal" in the context of teaching anatomy and physiology? Is it even meaningful at all? We explore that in the context of human body temperature in Episode 101. And I give some practical tips as we continue our conversation about my open, online, randomized testing scheme. 0:00:00 | Introduction 0:00:47 | What Does Normal Mean? 0:08:32 | Sponsored by AAA 0:10:01 | What is Normal Body Temperature? 0:27:21| Sponsored by HAPI 0:29:13 | In Our Last Episode... 0:32:20 | Sponsored by HAPS 0:33:35 | Practical Tips on Testing 0:52:39 | What About Lab Practicals? 1:01:31 | Staying Connected   ★ If you cannot see or activate the audio player, go to: theAPprofessor.org/podcast-episode-101.html 🏅 Apply for your credential (badge/certificate) for listening to this episode: theAPprofessor.org/podcast-episode-101.html/#badge ❓ Please take the anonymous survey: theAPprofessor.org/survey ☝️ Questions & Feedback: 1-833-LION-DEN (1-833-546-6336) ✔️ Follow The A&P Professor on Twitter, Facebook, Blogger, Revue, Tumblr, or Instagram! @theAPprofessor 📰 Get the almost-daily TAPP Science & Education Updates theAPprofessor.org/updates   Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal. (Albert Camus)   What Does "Normal" Mean? 7.5 minutes What does "normal" mean? In this segment, Kevin asks whether that (very commonly used) term is really all that helpful. Note: In my narration, I estimated 30% of the text in my Anatomy & Physiology textbook is the word "normal." That was hyperbole. To make a point. That percentage is not accurate. Nor is is it "normal."   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 anatomy.org. Searchable transcript Captioned audiogram  Don't forget—HAPS members get a deep discount on AAA membership!   What is Normal Body Temperature? 17 minutes The "normal" discussion continues by examining ideas about what the average human body temperature is. Hint: it's NOT 37°C. And...wait for it...it's getting lower over time! ★ A Critical Appraisal of 98.6°F, the Upper Limit of the Normal Body Temperature, and Other Legacies of Carl Reinhold August Wunderlich (Mackowiak article in JAMA) my-ap.us/3tQd8eG ★ Decreasing human body temperature in the United States since the Industrial Revolution (article from eLife) my-ap.us/3AltIFI ★ eLife Podcast Episode 63 (segment 4 features an author of the cited eLife article) my-ap.us/3tOQqUc ★ Introduction to A&P (Kevin's student outline that covers body temp issues) lionden.com/ap1out-intro.htm   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! northeastcollege.edu/hapi   In Our Last Episode... 3 minutes A brief recap of the two previous episodes, which prepares us for some follow-up discussion. ★ Quizzed About Tests | FAQs About Patton Test Strategies | TAPP 99 ★ More Quizzing About Kevin’s Wacky Testing Scheme | Book Club | TAPP 100   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! Anatomy & Physiology Society theAPprofessor.org/haps   Practical Tips on Testing 19 minutes All kinds of practical tips on using randomized tests, why we (especially) need transparency when using them, making test items, formats, student-generated test items, and more. ★ 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) my-ap.us/2WY4hLG ★ Testing as Teaching (online seminar containing info on my use of Respondus test-editing software) ★ Test Question Templates Help Students Learn | TAPP 70 (episode with Greg Crowther explaining his TQT system) ★ Weight Stigma! The Difficult Cadaver | Journal Club Episode | TAPP 93 (episode with Krista Rompolski and a discussion of weight bias among health professionals)   What About Lab Practicals? 8.5 minutes More on how similar test items can cause issues for students who don't carefully examine each test item. Can open, online, randomized testing be used as a strategy to ...
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    1 hr and 4 mins

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