The New Lion Den Is Here!

The new version of the Lion Den website just rolled out, and I'm pretty excited about it.

Because I needed to change to a platform that is friendly to more types of devices, particularly small screen devices, I went all out and upgraded to a more sophisticated system. This system allows me to add features that were not possible before—given my limited range of coding skills.

I hired a professional web development team to make the conversion. Along the way, we made quite a few design changes to make the site more user friendly. And easier to navigate.

You will also notice that the content now focuses entirely on learning and teaching human anatomy and physiology. This alone makes the Lion Den easier to navigate.

My friends, given the nature of how these roll-outs go, there are bound to be some hiccups. So please have patience. And more importantly, please contact me with detailed reports of glitches so that I can fix them!

I'll be pointing out special features of the new Lion Den over my next few posts. And I'll be sharing new features and functionalities as I implement them.

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The Lions Are Getting Ready to Migrate!

Lion taming is a lot of work. Especially when you are training them for all new behaviors AND moving them to a newly built home!

That's what's going on right now in the Lion Den. We are developing a new website platform.  It's still a little while until the lions are ready to move in to their new digs, but here's a preview of what to expect:

  • The same reliable and useful content for learning (and teaching) human anatomy and physiology
  • A streamlined set of resources that focus entirely on human structure and function, with all the "old" travel and circus content out of the way.
  • A whole new, updated look.  But the lions will still look like lions. Check out the updated logo above.
  • An updated, modern flexible format that will be easy to use. Even on mobile devices!
  • All the helpful "extra" features that help you use the content. And a few new ones.
For now, it's pretty much the same old Lion Den. I just didn't want you to be surprised when you enter some time in the future and wonder what amazing adventure you've just landed in!
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Videos and Pencasts Updated

I recently updated the codes for all the videos and pencasts embedded in pages of the Lion Den.  Most of these are in the Study Tips & Tools section of the website.

The updates were required because they use Flash/Shockwave code, which is now no longer recognized by most major browsers.  The new code work as good or better than the old code, so now the videos will work just fine.

Livescribe has completely changed the way  pencasts are shared, and can no longer function within a webpage.  The good news is that they are still easy to use.  But the new format did require that I recast things on my end where they had appeared on web pages.  Again, these are mainly on the Study Tips & Tools pages.

Here's a sample video on Exam Strategies from the page Taking Tests.

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New Online Orientation for Pre-A&P (BIO 095)

I recently updated the Online Orientation for my online "refresher" course in Pre-A&P Foundations in Science.

Besides updating the content of the orientation to reflect recent changes in our college website, I also replaced the previous audio version with a new video version.  The video version has closed captioning.  So for the hearing impaired (or the sound-sensitive) I have two options: captions in the video or a read-only print version.

The Online Orientation page is found at

Watch the video

If you're not familiar with  my Pre-A&P course and want an overview, please check out

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Pre-A&P Syllabus Updates for Spring 2016

Today, I updated the syllabus for Pre-A&P Spring 2016.

The updates include:
  • revised list of audit/drop dates
  • clarification of extra/special help availability
  • updated links/references to resources now available through the new mySCC portal
Also, the copyright date notice for all pages in the Lion Den was updated to reflect the new year.
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