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Teacher-Recommended Collection: Neural physiology

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Description Collection Description
This collection is designed to help students gain a deeper understanding of neural physiology for improved student outcomes.

Describe how this collection was used.
I used the topics in the articles in my lecture class and added the power point slide to my presentation. The rest of the collection was uploaded to the web part of the course and assigned as an activity to students followed by a graded quiz. Students viewed the three videos, completed the tutorial on "How Neurons Work" and completed practice quizzes I assigned from Web Anatomy. After completing the activities and following their readings and lecture, they completed an online graded quiz over the material.

Describe who used this collection (classroom, laboratory, education level, etc).
This was used in undergraduate part 1 Anatomy and Physiology lecture class.

Describe how this collection works.
This collection is designed to help students gain a deeper understanding of Action Potentials, events at the synapse, EPSP's and IPSP's.

Please enter suggestions for colleagues.
Presenting an animation of the nerve impulse is helpful prior lecture on the topic so that students have a moving picture in mind when covering the steps. The rest of the materials may be used as an in class activity or assigned as a homework activity. Some amount of credit should be given as an incentive for students to complete the work, and I found a graded quiz to be useful. With the quiz, the students get points and the instructor can evaluate their understanding of the topic.

Type of Resource Annotated Collection
Format Multiple Formats
Deborah Miller, D.C., Chattahoochee Technical College
Grade/Age Levels Undergraduate lower division (Grades 13-14)
Undergraduate upper division (Grades 15-16)
Learning Time <=1 hour
Language English
Type of Review Reviewed by Partner Organization

Resources in Collection
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Web Site Links
Animation: The Nerve Impulse
McGraw Hill Animation useful for demonstrating the nerve impulse to undergraduate anatomy and physiology students. Quiz follows animation.
How Synapses Work
Pearson video describing actions at the neural synapse. Tutorial and study guide also available.
Masteringbiology BioFlix: How Neurons Work
I primarily use the video animation to demonstrate the action potential to students in my undergraduate anatomy and physiology courses. Additional student aids are also available at this same site.


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This collection has two interesting articles with ways to teach action potential propagation.  These are better suited for college courses than high school classes.  I use the first 2 animation links in my high school Anatomy and Physiology class.

—Jeff DeJongh, Cony High School

I thought these could be very useful in helping students "see" concepts many otherwise have trouble with.

—Daniel Williams, Winston-Salem State University

The journal articles in this collection provide good examples of how to teach neuronphysiology. The web anatomy is a good resource for quick quizzes.

—Jason LaPres, Lone Star College - University Park

The animation on nerve impulse is an exellent resource which depicts the genesis of RMP an acion potential.

Reem Abraham, Melaka Manipal Medical College, Manipal University, India

—Reem Abraham, Melaka Manipal Medical College, Manipal Campus, Manipal University, India