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Vision and Change Teacher-Recommended Collection: Cardiovascular physiology

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Description Collection Description
Students used this collection to learn about the heart, with a special focus on cardiac output and all of the factors that influence cardiac output.

How were the items in this collection used?
The video will first be shown to students to give them a better sense of what affects cardiac output. Students were required to watch it outside of class and bring that content knowledge with them to the class. I only had students watch the first 12:04 minutes of the video which gave them sufficient background for the rest of the activities in the collection. Students were also asked to look over the physiology flow diagram models for cardiovascular physiology, to help them understand flow, supplement what they learned about cardiac output, resistance, vasoconstriction and how those relate to the system of vessels blood flows through. All this was done before class. In class students worked in teams to complete the cardiovascular mathematics assignment. This gave students the opportunity to learn from each other and their instructor, supplementing their understanding of the cardiovascular system, especially on heart rate, stroke volume and cardiac output. Finally students were given the case study to work on as a culmination to their learning. The case study applied what they learned about the heart to the body as a whole. It gives students a chance to think about real world applications of the heart, also pulling in things like blood volume and osmolarity.

Who used this collection?
This collection was designed for use in an introductory college level Human Physiology course. It was implemented during the cardiovascular section of the class.

Which of the V&C Core Concepts does this collection address?
Structure & Function ('Basic units of structure define the function of all living things.')
It focuses on the heart and what it does, how it works.

Systems ('Living systems are interconnected and interacting.')
The heart is connected to other systems in the body, for instance the urinary system.

Which of the V&C Core Competencies and Disciplinary Practices does this collection address?
Ability to Use Quantitative Reasoning ('Biology relies on applications of quantitative analysis and mathematical reasoning.')
Students complete a worksheet that is based in mathematics and then apply that to the real world.

Ability to Use Modeling and Simulation ('Biology focuses on the study of complex systems.')
The human physiology flow diagrams and the mathematics activity introduce students to models or using models/simulations to learn about the heart.

Please enter suggestions for colleagues.
Students don't need to watch the whole video to successfully complete the follow up assignments. In fact the video got into more depth than my class does so I told students to watch the first 12:08 or so of the video.

Type of Resource Annotated Collection
Format Multiple Formats
Grade/Age Levels Undergraduate lower division (Grades 13-14)
Undergraduate upper division (Grades 15-16)
Learning Time 6-9 hours
Language English
Type of Review Reviewed by Partner Organization

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