Professional development: How to access over 300+ resources for teaching and learning physiology

ADInstruments is proud to support the new Center for Physiology Education, an initiative of the American Physiological Society 

Physiology educators can now access an online community of excellence for teaching and learning in their discipline. The Center for Physiology Education (CPE) has been developed by the American Physiological Society (APS), which has worked in collaboration with more than 500 educators to create a comprehensive set of quality resources for education. ADInstruments is proud to support this forward-looking initiative by acting as a Center Partner, providing interactive teaching resources to physiology educators for free.

A screenshot of the home page of the Center for Physiology Education, showing the five themes of the Center: Evidence-based Teaching Practices, Inclusive Teaching, Teaching and Learning Integrative Physiology, Physiology Education Research, and Curriculum Development. There is a graphic showing each of these themes as a circle, with the five circles interlinking to form a "Community of Excellence". At the top of the image, there is a graphic of a lightbulb, accompanied by the text, "Discover learning modules, designed by experienced educators and researchers, for your modern classroom"; a graphic of stacked pages, accompanied by the text, "Access 300+ expert educator-approved resources on the Center's five themes"; and a graphic of interlocked speech bubbles, accompanied by the text, "Make inquiries, share your experiences, attend events and find opportunities to get involved".

Collaboratively designed, the Center for Physiology Education brings together evidence-based resources and community events.

Access free, professionally-designed physiology lessons 

ADinstruments’ online-learning platform, Lt, has been embedded in the CPE so that educators can access interactive lessons on physiology. 

A screenshot of a web page showing the text "The Center for Physiology Education partners with leading education companies in the physiological sciences to provide our educator community with interactive teaching resources. Our partners have made the following learning activities available to use as instructional aids:". Below this text, there is the ADInstruments logo and two sets of bullet points. The first set of bullet points is titled "Core Physiology Concept Lessons", and contains "Cell Connections" and "The Building Blocks of Life". The second set of bullet points is titled "Autonomic Nervous System" and contains "Divisions of the Autonomic Nervous System" and "Dysfunction of the Autonomic Nervous System".

Jump straight into free, factual, and engaging physiology lessons via the CPE platform.

Our professional team of instructional designers has shared lessons on core physiology concepts from our active learning resource for physiology students, Understand Your Physiology. You can immediately jump inside these lessons and start learning about physiology, or share them with your students.

  • See inside this lesson on Cell Connections: In this lesson, you will learn about a variety of cell connections, including adherens junctions, desmosomes, gap junctions, and tight junctions. Use illustrations and interactive questions to test and consolidate your understanding.
  • A labeling question in Lt on a tight junction.
  • A labeling question in Lt on an adherens junction.
  • A labeling question in Lt on a desmosome.
  • A labeling question in Lt on gap junctions.
  • See inside this lesson on The Building Blocks of Life: This lesson relates structure to function, and reviews the major molecules that are found throughout the body, how the body is organized and the structure of the cells, and how cells are connected together. To develop this understanding, you will learn about matter; the building blocks of organic matter; common functional groups; functions of the major building blocks; carbohydrates – monosaccharides; di– and poly–saccharides; lipids; amino acids; proteins; water; and solutions.
  • A labeling question in Lt on various structures of carbon dioxide (CO2).
  • An annotation question on the properties of two hexoses.
  • A drag-and-drop question in Lt on the metabolism of hexoses.
  • An image in Lt of three possible representations of the three-dimensional structure of the protein triose phosphate isomerase.

We’ve also pulled from our comprehensive Lt Human Physiology Collection to share two lessons on the autonomic nervous system, which teach about both the structure and function of this system:

  • See inside this lesson on the Divisions of the Autonomic Nervous System: By completing this lesson, you will understand the two divisions of the autonomic nervous system and the general physiological roles of each. You’ll contrast the anatomy of the parasympathetic and sympathetic systems, and be able to describe the major parasympathetic and sympathetic effects of these systems on target organs. Specifically, you’ll be able to contrast sympathetic innervation of the adrenal gland with sympathetic innervation of other target organs. You will learn how to describe a visceral reflex arc, and be able to compare and contrast cholinergic and adrenergic nerve fibers.
  • A label image question in Lt on the components of the pathway involved in the sympathetic innervation of the adrenal medulla.
  • A drag-and-drop question in Lt that has students match G-protein-coupled receptors to G proteins.
  • A multiple-choice question on the autonomic nervous system.
  • See inside this lesson on the Dysfunction of the Autonomic Nervous System: What happens when the autonomic nervous system stops working as it should? In this lesson, you will learn how to describe the general symptoms of autonomic dysfunction. You’ll investigate how sweat production and heart rate variability (HRV) are measured, as well as how Poincaré plots are made. You’ll be able to explain how the Valsalva maneuver assesses cardiovascular function, and to describe how postural changes can affect heart rate, systolic blood pressure, and diastolic blood pressure. Additionally, you will compare the pupillary light reflex and the accommodation reflex.
  • An illustration of the visual pathways (from the eyes to the brain) in a human.
  • Text, a multiple-choice question, and an image on sweat glands.
  • Text and a multiple-choice question on Poincaré plots. An example Poincaré plot is shown.
  • A labeling question in Lt showing a graph that reflects changes in a person's heart rate, systolic blood pressure, and diastolic blood pressure in response to postural change.

Ensuring quality physiology education

The resources available online in the CPE can be split across five different themes:

  • Evidence-based Teaching Practices
  • Inclusive Teaching
  • Teaching and Learning Integrative Physiology
  • Physiology Education Research
  • Curriculum Development

These five themes reflect key facets of physiology education, and will offer targeted support to educators seeking to upskill or refresh their knowledge in these areas. For example, the theme of Evidence-based Teaching Practices collates resources on pedagogical approaches including active learning, peer learning, and the use of case studies, and also addresses how to assess student learning and design/revise courses.

Related: Learn how Patricia Halpin uses case studies to teach pathophysiology »

As the basis of a growing community, the CPE is a place for educators to interact, learn, and share their experiences and insights gathered through teaching. By bringing resources and educators together, APS hopes to facilitate excellent teaching and learning in physiology.

Related: Learn more about the CPE »

We’re excited to host Associate Professor Julia Choate (Monash University) and Professor Terrence Sweeney (The University of Scranton) from the American Physiological Society on 2nd November (PDT), as they discuss the Center for Physiology Education and how it can benefit your physiology teaching practice.

This talk is one of many across a 2-day, free programme, called the 2022 Lt Global Brain Trust. Our keynote speaker, Assistant Professor Jessica Ibarra (member of the CPE Inclusive Teaching working group), will discuss diversity, equity, and inclusion in education, while Professor Barb Goodman (Editor of Advances in Physiology Education) will share how she has used Lt in her student-centered physiology classes to engage in peer teaching.

Our long-standing friendship with the American Physiological Society is a bond to be proud of, and we are thrilled to help them ensure that physiology educators are supported to deliver exceptional educational experiences to the next generation of physiology professionals.


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