Humanizing Online STEM   Showcase

 Aoss Albumalalah M.D., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Anatomy and Physiology

Sierra College 

This site provides examples of instructional resources created in the Humanizing Online STEM Academy, a professional development program funded by the California Education Learning Lab and administered by the Foothill DeAnza Community College District. 


Where I was.

Before applying to the Humanizing Online STEM Academy, I attended most of these trainings at Sierra College, I already used some of these trainings in my classes and haven't had the time to do the others like the Flip grid Ice Breaker and liquid syllabus.

Where I am. 

I feel more confident because I learned the newest skills that the instructor needs to know to give his students the best quality of online teaching by providing them with more engaging and effective educational methods supporting them and facilitating their success. By using what I learned, I will be a more warm demander and I will achieve my goals of decreasing the equity gap.

Where I am going.

I'm ready to use what I learned at Humanizing Online STEM Academy in my online and In-Person classes to show my support to my students by using the best approaches that I learned. All of these trainings will support my students and help them to succeed in the class. I want to show them how much I care and I'm serious about helping them to achieve their goals. 

Liquid Syllabus

When my students see my liquid syllabus, they will feel how much I care and love my job and my students. They will find clear details about the class and the required materials to pass successfully in this class. The provided information will establish trust and rapport with my students.

Different colors hands one over the other with radiating heart

Course Card

My course card represents the different colors of students in the class who will work together as a team to achieve their goals. It represents the diversity in the class. My class is safe for all. 

The heart is a logo for the anatomy class and it represents love for our students. The heart works 24 hours and never gives up to supply blood to the whole body, the same thing with our students whom will study and never give up until they reach their goals. The shiny radiation around the heart represents the strength and the success that the students will achieve at the end of the semester.


The home page contains a welcome banner and a short welcome paragraph, in addition to the most important links to course materials. It looks nice and simple and at the same time provides all the required information that the students need. 

Getting to Know You Survey

This survey will be in the week 1 module to get the opportunity to learn about my students. The two questions that I feel I have to focus on at the beginning of the class are:

Ice Breaker 

I will ask my students to share the three words that their friends describe them by using Flipgrid video or audio. Then they revisit the discussion and listen to their peers' comments. Find two people who had one word similar to or the same as a word they shared. Leave a reply for these two people sharing this similarity. I believe that this Flipgrid icebreaker will create a great relationship and connection between the students at the beginning of the class. It will break down the barriers and create a more inclusive learning environment where students feel comfortable sharing their thoughts and ideas.

Bumper Video

This short video focus on the three formed elements of the blood. At the end of this video, the students will be able to identify the three types of formed elements in the blood with their characteristics and histological features for each cell. It can help the students to be more engaged and better understand the topics.


Learning objective: Describe and categorize the key structural features of different human cells, major tissue types, and subtypes, and identify locations in the body where each is located.

In this microlecture I focused on the three types of muscle tissue with their locations and histological features. At the end of the video, the students will be able to histologically differentiate between these three types of muscle tissue and where they find each type of muscle tissue.

This site is by Aoss Albumalalah and is shared with a Creative Commons-Attribution-Non-Commercial 4.0 license. Creation of this content was made possible with funding from the California Education Learning Lab.