To help us all get ourselves organized and on the right track as we adapt to suddenly having to move our face-to-face course homes to a remote venue out there in the vast expanse of space, I've assembled a few "get started" resources to help you adapt.
Quickly Moving to Remote Delivery—The MusicalThis is an "emergency" bonus episode of my podcast (The A&P Professor). The brief audio presentation presents nineteen tips on how to get started. And there are three A&P songs from my friend and fellow A&P teacher, Greg Crowther. For a sing-along! We could all use a light-hearted sing-along about sodium ions right now, am I right?
theAPprofessor.org/64b for an audio player plus a lot of links and other resources. Or subscribe in your favorite podcast player and look for Episode 64b.
There is also an earlier episode called Mid-Winter Winterizing of Our Courses meant to help prepare us before this all flooded in upon us. Many of these prep tips are still useful, even as the metaphorical flood waters continue to rise all around us. Go to theAPprofessor.org/63b
TEACH Instructor Resources for Anatomy & PhysiologyThis little gem has been there all along! Really. In your Evolve (Instructor) Resources for Anatomy & Physiology 10th Edition. TEACH has all kinds of tips and strategies that can be used to generate ideas for learning activities that can be adapted for remote teaching.
Included in TEACH are:
- Lesson Plans
- Student Handouts
- PowerPoint Slides
- Pretest Questions and Pretest Answers
If you don't have an Evolve account, then just go to evolve.elsevier.com and click on Sign In in the upper right, then click on Create Account near the bottom of the form that pops up. Make sure you apply for a faculty account. It will take a day or so to verify your faculty status. In the search box on the home page, or when you click Catalog at the top, type in Evolve Resources for Anatomy & Physiology 10th Edition, then request access. The TEACH resources will be listed in the Instructor Resources tab.
But wait! There's more...
Teaching TipsAlso found in your Evolve (Instructor) Resources for Anatomy & Physiology 10th Edition, a separate sheet of advice—simply called Teaching Tips—supplements the TEACH resources to spark ideas for your transition to remote teaching.
Besides the TEACH resources and Teaching Tips, there are all kinds of other resources in your Evolve (Instructor) Resources for Anatomy & Physiology 10th Edition:
- Audience Response Questions—meant for "clicker" systems in a classroom, they can be easily adapted for online presentations to spark student thinking during an online "lecture" or demonstration.
- Image Collection—contains (labeled and unlabeled) jpeg and PowerPoint versions of each image from the textbook.
- Test Bank—can be a great resource for quickly constructing online quizzes and reviews. Consider using them for Testing-as-Teaching, a type of retrieval practice mentioned later in this post.
The A&P ProfessorThe A&P Professor podcast, but there is lot more there for you than those "emergency" bonus episodes. It's worth exploring the whole list for practical tips and advice as you move to remote teaching. The great thing about podcast episodes is that you can listen to them while you are wiping down the surfaces in your home, making your family's meals, and rearranging your stacks of toilet paper. Here are a few selected topics to start with:
- Advice for online teaching
- 50: Connecting in the Distance Course Special (general advice for staying connected to students remotely—especially important at this time)
- 52: The Case for Case Studies (case studies are a great way to teach remotely)
- 19: Caring for Students Helps Them Succeed
- Handling the chaos
- 63: Mistakes in Teaching Anatomy & Physiology (yep, if we're gonna make a lot of mistakes, this will be when—learn how to handle that)
- 51: The Case for Transparency (why being up front and honest with our students about what's happening is important)
- Testing-as-Teaching (retrieval practice)
Besides the podcast, The A&P Professor website includes other resources, such as online seminars for teaching anatomy and physiology. Here are a couple that may be helpful as this time:
- Online Lecture Previews (can be adapted for any kind of online presentation)
- Testing as Teaching (randomized testing to allow multiple attempts—using retrieval practice for learning)
Free eTextVitalSource and Elsevier have partnered to provide eText access to students. To assist students at disrupted semester-calendar schools who are losing access to course materials due to COVID-19 campus closures, VitalSource has been joined by Elsevier to offer free access to etexts to students whose classes have moved online from March 16 through May 25, 2020. Students will be able to access the expansive catalog of eTexts from participating publishers through the VitalSource Bookshelf app effective immediately.
- See the announcement
- FAQs for students and educators
- List of publishers and resellers who are supporting this effort
- For students who need assistance accessing free etexts
Besides this being useful to students who are "stuck without" their textbooks, it can offer additional opportunities to connect with students in a remote environment.
For example, something that I do in an online course I teach is let my students "subscribe" to the highlights and notes in my own copy of the eText version of the textbook.
I can mark areas of particular importance, add commentary on what they should be looking at in a section or illustration, and clarify concepts that commonly challenge student learning. This could be particularly useful in "holding the hand" of a confused and dazed student who is trying to adapt to a new learning environment.
I've been seeing a lot of advice to folks in general, telling them to sit around as a family and color in their coloring books. That makes a lot of sense in terms of diffusing stress and connecting in a positive way with those with whom we are house-bound.
Why not suggest to students to do that, but use Mosby's Anatomy & Physiology Coloring Book as one of their coloring books?
In a post from my blog The A&P Student, I recommend coloring as a way to study anatomy and physiology in a new and fun way—that also calms the nerves. So their nerves will become calm as they study their nerves! Check out Coloring Books Are Powerful Study Tools (And They Help Manage Stress).
Okay, whew! That's enough for now, eh? Don't hesitate to reach out if I can be of help to you.