Students want things easy. We often make it hard for them. Host Kevin Patton discusses desirable difficulty and contrasts it with undesirable difficulty. Did you know that healthy human cells have little sections of 4-stranded DNA? We can be better in our web meeting skills. And don't forget our new online community of anatomy & physiology faculty!
- 00:46 | G4 DNA
- 05:58 | Sponsored by AAA
- 06:38 | Even More Web Meeting Ideas
- 18:55 | Sponsored by HAPI
- 19:55 | Desirable Difficulty
- 35:35 | Sponsored by HAPS
- 36:26 | Our New Online Community
- 39:54 | Staying Connected
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Oh come on? Is there really a quadruple-strand DNA in our normal, healthy cells? Or is that only in space aliens? Or zombies?
- Quadruple-stranded DNA seen in healthy human cells for the first time (news summary of the discovery) my-ap.us/2RXp7Vt
- Single-molecule visualization of DNA G-quadruplex formation in live cells (journal article in Nature Chemistry) my-ap.us/2EwXr6O
- Image: G-quadruplex by Julian Huppert my-ap.us/3i70AIv
Sponsored by AAA
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.
Don't forget—HAPS members get a deep discount on AAA membership!
Even More Web Meeting Ideas
Yep, more Zoom. In this segment, Kevin talks about unintended harmful effects of banter, comments on home webcam locations, and turning off video. Plus some advice on backgrounds, both real and virtual. And stuff.
- Communication, Clarity, & Medical Errors | Episode 55
- Pandemic Teaching
- Zooming While Black | Videoconferencing from our private spaces opens a lens on cultural authenticity, professional image, workplace code-switching and white privilege. (article by Shonda Buchanan) my-ap.us/2S3doEQ
- Krisp artificial-inteligence noise-eliminator theAPprofessor.org/krisp
- 4 Tips for Choosing the Best Virtual Backgrounds on Zoom Meetings (blog post) my-ap.us/2EBNN2Z
- pxhere (free photo site) pxhere.com
- Unsplash (free photo site) unsplash.com
- Some sample images suitable for Zoom virtual backgrounds:
- Dramatic sky my-ap.us/3j6Mk3F
- Wilderness my-ap.us/2G9yU8z
- Sunrise my-ap.us/2GcetHU
- Forest road my-ap.us/2S49P1f
- Misty my-ap.us/2FXAQ4j
- Broken sunlight my-ap.us/349gA7w
- Chalk board (black) my-ap.us/3cA78xW
- Green chalk boards my-ap.us/338dFwV
- Geometric shadows my-ap.us/3mWAL1f
- Wood planks my-ap.us/36dHiPb
- Book shelves my-ap.us/337maIg
- Leeds Library my-ap.us/335wwZl
- Gladstone's Libary my-ap.us/3cz4l86
Sponsored by HAPI Online Graduate Program
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. Check it out!
Robert Bjork proposed that the difficulties posed by retrieval practice, spacing, and interleaving are desirable difficulties that improve learning. But there are undesirable difficulties that do not help learning. Why must learning be difficult? How can we avoid undesirable difficulty? Hey, wait! Aren't we supposed to make learning easy for students?!
- Communication, Clarity, & Medical Errors | Episode 55
- More on Spelling, Case, & Grammar | Episode 56
- Desirable Difficulties Perspective on Learning (Robert Bjork's brief summary of his concept) my-ap.us/3kM0asE
- Making Things Hard on Yourself, But in a Good Way: Creating Desirable Difficulties to Enhance Learning (Elizabeth and Robert Bjork's contribution to Psychology in the Real World) my-ap.us/3i1Sv7J
Sponsored by HAPS
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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