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Spaced Retrieval Practice | Episode 1

by Kevin Patton

TAPP Radio Episode 1Why Spaced Retrieval Practice is Your Most Powerful Teaching and Learning Tool

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Quick Take

0:49 | In this premier episode of The A&P Professor podcast (TAPP Radio), Kevin introduces himself and his reasons for launching this new series.
7:51 | An update regarding the role of platelets in innate immunity follows.
13:04 | Kevin then invites listeners to the Regional HAPS Conference in St. Louis.
14:30 | The featured topic is Spaced Retrieval Practice.

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1 | Introductions

7 minutes

I briefly introduce myself (Kevin Patton) and explain why I’m doing this podcast. I love teaching and this is simply an extension of my teaching!  It’s all about the art and science of teaching, with practical applications and updates of content. I also invite listeners to participate actively by contributing questions, recorded snippets, interviews, and ideas.

I also mention my announcer, my daughter Aileen, and the composer of our theme music, Andrés Rodriquez.

2 | Update on Immune Role of Platelets

5 minutes

I summarize the newly described functions of motile platelets (not the sticky ones) in grabbing and bundling bacteria from a site of injury. The motile platelets then deliver the bacteria to neutrophils, which gobble up the bacteria. I offer suggestions on when (and if) one could use this information in teaching an A&P course.

3 | HAPS Regional Conference in St. Louis

1.5 minutes

I invite you to attend (and perhaps present) at the HAPS Regional Conference in St. Louis, MO. It’s March 24, 2018, at the St. Louis College of Pharmacy.

4 | Spaced Retrieval Practice

16 minutes

Spaced retrieval practice is a powerful method of learning in which a student practices, practices, practices retrieving information. Spacing the retrieval allows a bit of forgetting, forcing the student to refresh the memories needed–thus improving long-term retention. It’s not just for the basic facts, but also for any memories of applications and previous problem-solving needed for higher-order learning.

I suggest that computerized testing makes extensive retrieval practice practical. And I give a brief description of my own case study using online testing as a way to provide practice for my students in A&P. A future episode will cover this online testing scenario further.

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Last updated: January 26, 2021 at 17:54 pm

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