Under Development: Anatomy and Physiology Curriculum Expansion

Posted On: 10/15/21

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Over the past year, we conducted interviews and evaluated feedback from many teachers. Based on your suggestions and insight, we're expanding the AES Anatomy and Physiology curriculum to split the body systems into individual modules.

That means our Anatomy and Physiology curriculum will go from being 13 units to 13 full learning modules!

This expansion will result in over 200 curriculum hours of content and increase our coverage of anatomy and physiology course standards.


What Changes Will You and Your Students See?

There are five exciting improvements you'll find in the expanded A&P curriculum:

  1. A new Learn & Practice lesson design
  2. Updated imagery and interactive media
  3. New unit and module assessment questions
  4. New four-phase activities for each body system
  5. A glossary

You'll find an overview of each one below.

1. A New Learn & Practice Lesson Design

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With this expansion, the student-led eLearning lessons will feature a more modern look and feel. These design changes include a new lesson player and new visual layouts for each lesson.

These design updates will make it easier for your students to read and understand the information presented on the screen.

2. Updated Imagery and Interactive Media

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Within the lessons, you and your students will notice that the medical illustrations and graphics in the A&P curriculum have been freshened up and modernized. 

During development, the media team focused on adding graphics to enhance the content and increase student understanding. Specifically, you’ll see:

  • Medical illustrations are carefully labeled in time with the narration to keep students focused.
  • Consistent, clean layouts and graphic organizers further support understanding and retention.
  • Each interactive piece of the media has a structure that breaks up information density and encourages student engagement.

3. New Unit and Module Assessment Questions

Splitting each body system into its own module requires adjustments to the assessments and questions for anatomy and physiology. As a result, we reviewed all of our questions to update them as necessary and added new questions where needed. 

These changes will provide a fresh pool of questions to assess your students’ knowledge and understanding of the material.

4. New Four-Phase Activities for Each Body System

A&P is a complex topic that requires many opportunities for students to review and practice with the content to understand it fully. To provide those opportunities and assist with knowledge retention, we have added new activities to each module’s Explore and Reinforce phases

In the Explore phase, you’ll find fun trivia questions to motivate students to engage with the content. An example from the Sensory System module is: “Did you know the five traditional senses are derived from a philosopher? Want to know which one? You'll find out in this module.”

In the Reinforce phase, you’ll find a careers research project, a diseases and disorders research project, a crossword puzzle, and an advanced treatment research project. 

These additions give you flexibility and options to tailor your reinforcement for each body system.

5. A Glossaryanatomy-physiology-glossary

Axons, dendrites, and synapses, Oh My! Anatomy and Physiology has a lot of terminologies to remember and understand. 

With this update, each eLearning lesson will have a glossary of terms to assist with your students’ learning.

As students go through the lesson, they can reference this glossary anytime they want to know more about a particular term.

When Will the New A&P Curriculum be Released?

The new Anatomy and Physiology curriculum will be available to teachers in February 2022.

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