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Current HAPS-I course offerings

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Spring 2015

Introduction to Educational Research Methods
Valerie Dean O'Loughlin, Ph.D.
(1 credit) May 3, 2015 - June 15, 2015
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Register Now: Graduate Credit or Professional Development

This course is for college level instructors who want to become more familiar with basic educational research methods. Participants will learn about metacognition, how people learn, the basics of quantitative versus qualitative educational research methods, how to search the educational literature database, the scholarship of teaching, and develop a foundation for implementing classroom research and assessment. Participants will learn the material through directed readings, online weekly synchronous discussion forums, and face-to-face instruction at the HAPS 2015 meetings (or additional online reading/assignment component, should the participant not be able to attend the HAPS 2015 conference). In addition, participants will apply the information they have learned in the independent development of an educational research question they want to examine in their own classroom.

Summer 2015

Anatomia Italiana: The Cultural History of Anatomy Along the Italian Peninsula
(3 credits) June 1 - August 31, 2015
Dr. Kevin Petti
San Diego Miramar College
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Register now:  Graduate Credit or Professional Development

This course is designed to provide college-level instructors with the opportunity to expand their understanding of the rich cultural heritage of anatomy education along the Italian Peninsula, and its connection with Renaissance art. This course is an international experience preceded by a series of readings in peer-reviewed journals and scholarly books intended to put the travel experience into context, and followed by the development of a teaching module. Readings will be discussed in online forums, experienced deeper through the international experience, and applied by way of incorporating the teaching module into an existing anatomy course.

After a four-week online component, students will participate in a 12-day visit to Italy. They will visit anatomy museums in Rome, Florence, Bologna and Padua that are important to the history of anatomy education. These museums include historic anatomy theaters and centuries old anatomical wax models. Traditional cultural sites that contain Renaissance masterpieces, such as the Vatican museums, will also be toured. These masterpieces will be considered within the context of how they were influenced by the dissections conducted by the masters. This interdisciplinary experience allows for students to connect art and anatomy in a unique manner. The result is a deeper and richer understanding of the historic and cultural underpinnings of anatomy education.

Students who have participated in the travel experience prior to participation in the HAPS-I course are eligible to enroll in this course by completing the remaining online component and submission of an interdisciplinary teaching module. Additional information can be found at

Cadaver Workshop in Residence
August 2-15, 2015
Dr. Kevin Petti and Dr. Francesco Maria Galassi
In residence at San Diego Miramar College
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Professional Development (no graduate credit option)

Join us for a two-week cadaver workshop based at San Diego Miramar College.  Limited to 12 participants, this professional development course will cover eight major dissection modules under expert guidance.  The course will begin with two undissected cadavers plus a third prosected cadaver.  Each weekday will be spent in the lab, and the weekend will be held open for free exploration of San Diego.  

Dissection modules include: removal of skin and subcutaneous fat to expose superficial musculature, blood vessels and nerves of the body; thoracic cavity dissection including removal of heart and lungs; abdominopelvic cavity dissection with a focus on organ blood supply, and spatial relationship between organs; removal of brain and spinal cord.

More information is available here.

Fall 2015

Courses coming soon.

 Spring 2016

Teaching Central Nervous System Concepts Using Diagnostic Radiology and Case Studies
(2 credits) Dates coming soon
Carmen Eilertson
Alverno College, Milwaukee, WI
Registration opening soon

Students enrolled in college level Anatomy and Physiology courses are required to learn brain and spinal cord anatomy and function. This course will help you develop cases incorporating radiology of the CNS into your teaching portfolio. Students find this method of teaching to be meaningful because they learn how to read radiograms and correlate their analysis with patient symptoms. It is a perfect way to integrate anatomy with physiology and teach valuable diagnostic skills at the same time. Most of your students will enter the health care field and will benefit from learning clinical problem solving skills early in their academic development. The cases developed as part this course can be used as in class activities, enhancements to your current lecture power points, or as clicker quizzes or exam questions.