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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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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


Current Issues in Obesity Prevention and Treatment
Krista Lee Rompolski, Ph.D.
(2 credits) June 8, 2015 - August 2, 2015
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Obesity is thought to be caused by the interaction of a genetically susceptible individual with the obesogenic environment. Significant advances in the treatment of obesity, whether behavioral, surgical or pharmacological, have been proven successful at the individual level. However, little success has been achieved in preventing weight gain or maintaining weight loss at a population level. Given obesity's recent classification as a disease state, it is imperative that instructors of human anatomy and physiology-based courses are familiar with the growing body of knowledge on obesity prevention and treatment. Therefore, the purpose of this course is to understand obesity with a multifactorial approach, addressing the genetic, biological, environmental, societal and multifactorial approach, addressing the genetic, biological, environmental, societal and behavioral aspects that interact on an individual and population level. Special emphasis will be placed on the integration of knowledge gained from discussion and critique of published clinical and epidemiological studies into an instructor's curriculum.

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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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


Summer 2015

Summer 2015