Two out of 4 faculty are "sold" on Pearson and the Amerman text. They both did a pre-publication review during the summer of 2014. During the Fall of 2015 one of the faculty members piloted the 1st edition of the text along with the corresponding Mastering A&P for a hybrid course. They have been gathering "evidence" to convince other colleagues that we need to switch to Pearson.
They have been using McGraw-Hill McKinley text and Martin lab manual since Fall 2012. Only two others utilizes the online media, Connect. This is a touchy subject.
UCA faculty member corresponded with faculty regarding Mastering vs Connect and shared the following student comments from evaluations:
1) Students love the homework assignments on mastering a&p because it forces them to practice understanding the material
2) Students love the videos that are included in the mastering homework as well as those that they can access in the my study area because it really helps them to visualize what is going on in a format that they like
3) Students really enjoy and use the PAL 3.0 human cadaver and practice practical exams to study for the lab practical’s (for this one, a student that has used both mastering and connect because they happened to be taking the classes over the two years said that he really liked the mastering version of this and that connect really did not compare at all.)
4) Students don't particularly like the physioEx labs because they are not hands on and are lengthy
5) Students absolutely love learning catalytics and wish we could use it every day in class (but I just don't have time)
6) Students hated the connect homework assignments but they liked learnsmart as long as it wasn't for a grade
7) The only issue when learnsmart is not used as an assignment is that you can't edit it so the student studies more than you cover which is a waste of time