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June 3, 2011

Camosun College hosted the 25th annual Human Anatomy and Physiology Society (HAPS) conference May 28 through June 1, welcoming more than 400 instructors from post-secondary institutions across North America, and an additional 100 individuals representing industry exhibitors and sponsors. While mainstage events and exhibitor booths were located at the Victoria Conference Centre, Camosun's Lansdowne campus hosted over 100 instructional workshops to help post-secondary instructors update their teaching skills.

Camosun students benefit from "best of the best"

Biology chair Larry Anthony with Rick Martini from U. Hawaii at Manoa.

Biology chair Larry Anthony (r) with Rick Martini (l) from U. Hawaii at Manoa. Rick is the author of the newly-adopted nursing textbook.

"Anatomy and physiology instruction is a very specialized teaching area that is foundational to a broad range of health and sport science programs," says conference chair and Camosun College instructor Peggy Hunter. "The students are usually in their first year of college or university and can become overwhelmed by the intricacies of the material they need to learn and retain." Hunter says the conference delegates are passionate about the subject and, being among the best of the best teachers, have much to share. "HAPS gives instructors access to text book authors, technology, teaching resources and new information to bring to the classroom and lab. Every year delegates come away feeling quite inspired. In the end, it's the students who benefit the most."

HAPS workshop presenters—with topics ranging from the interdisciplinary study of face transplants, to the integration of cell phone use in classroom-based learning—are leading-edge faculty and researchers from influential centres across the continent.

Small team of Camosun instructors take the conference over the top!

This is the first time the HAPS conference has been held in Victoria, and only the third time in Canada. "It's been exciting putting this together over the past two years," says Hunter. "With over 400 delegates representing large and small universities and colleges from across North America, this year's HAPS conference is the largest ever held. This conference provided an opportunity to showcase home-grown research talent in the update lecture series and the banquet keynote address." Island presenters included: Camosun College Distinguished alumnus Dr. Brad Nelson (Ted and Joyce Deely Research Centre / BC Cancer Agency, Victoria), Dr. Bayla Schecter (Mental Health and Addictions, VIHA, Victoria), Dr. Ben Sporer (Canadian Sport Centre of the Pacific, Victoria) and Dr. Paul Zehr (Professor of Neuroscience and Kinesiology, UVIC, Victoria and author of the popular book, "Becoming Batman: The Possibility of a Superhero").

As in all conferences of this calibre, delegates can look forward to networking with other instructors and exploring the latest in teaching aids, technology and reference materials. And, in addition to experiencing Camosun hospitality, delegates got to visit a number of Victoria's famous tourist sites. "I wish I had more time to explore Victoria. I'm going to have to come back," says textbook author Frederic Martini from U. Hawaii in Manoa.

Techniques and technology can lead to better student experiences

Larry Anthony, chair of the Camosun College Biology department says, "The HAPS conference is highly focussed on the teaching of anatomy and physiology, rather than on research. The two days of workshops that took place at Lansdowne campus explored topics ranging from teaching techniques to technology advancements. As a result, our students can look forward to even better classroom and laboratory experiences."

The 2012 HAPS conference will take place in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

The Camosun conference organizing team included:

  • Conference chair: Peggy Hunter, Biology department instructor
  • Conference co-chair: Thuy Nevado, Biology department instructor
  • Update speaker co-ordinator and speaker host: Larry Anthony, Biology department chair and instructor
  • Workshop co-ordinator: Jennifer Giuliani
  • Poster co-ordinators: Lori Zehr, Associate Director, Enrolment and Student Develoment Services, and Kirstin Lane, Sport and Exercise Education instructor
  • Transportation: Doug Panton, Biology department instructor

Last updated: June 3, 2011 11:41 am

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