TOPcast: The Teaching Online Podcast
By Thomas Cavanagh & Kelvin Thompson
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Hosted by Thomas Cavanagh and Kelvin Thompson, the Teaching Online Podcast (TOPcast) takes a fun and informative look at the various trends, best practices and technologies in the realm of online education.
||CleanEpisode 43: “What’s Going On Down There at UCF?” A Case Study in Change Management for Digital Active Learning||Managing change is part of the business of leading innovation in online/digital learning. Sometimes we make mistakes. In this episode of TOPcast, hosts Thomas Cavanagh and Kelvin Thompson share lessons learned from a recent controversial case study in .||11/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 42: Designing for Synchronous Online Learning||While “traditional” online education relies on asynchronous experiences, there are specific contexts in which synchronous online learning is best for students. In this episode, hosts Tom and Kelvin discuss how and when to make the most of real time||10/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 41: Big & Good: Will the Iron Triangle Allow for Both?||Conventional wisdom has it that small is good, but is this true? Can institutions of higher education be both big and good? In this episode, hosts Tom and Kelvin revisit the “iron triangle” construct as they explore the tensions inherent in pursuing||9/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 40: “Boost Your Online Program Enrollment with this One Tip!” (aka Marketing of Online Programs)||“Marketing,” as a concept, rankles some in academic circles, but it is increasingly key to the work of online education. In this episode, hosts Kelvin and Tom are joined by marketing guru Courtney Borton to consider how to best market online program||8/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 39: Introducing the Teaching Online Preparation Toolkit||Preparing faculty to successfully teach online can be challenging and lonely work, especially if you are a part of a small team of instructional designers. In this episode, hosts Kelvin and Tom unveil a set of free,||7/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 38: Storytelling and Empathy in Online Education||In this episode, hosts Tom and Kelvin are joined by Angela Gunder and Jessica Knott to consider the powerful humanizing and empathy-building roles storytelling can play in online education. Tools and frameworks for incorporating story in courses,||6/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 37: 6 Deadly Sins of Online Teaching||Online faculty are at the heart of successful (and unsuccessful) online courses. Hosts Thomas Cavanagh and Kelvin Thompson explore several of the ways online instructors can make or break courses through their online teaching practices.||5/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 36: Finding Online Learning Leaders: “Fredericksen’s List”||What do we know about online learning leaders? Hosts Kelvin and Tom are joined by Dr. Eric Fredericksen who is now the “keeper of the list” of 1500+ disparate online learning leaders of US higher education institutions after conducting two recent re||4/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 35: Blending Our Way to “A Whole New Level of Student Success”||In this episode, hosts Kelvin Thompson and Thomas Cavanagh share the details of a strategic blended learning course redesign initiative with the potential to impact student success at an institutional scale.||3/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 34: Research and the Instructional Designer||Hosts Tom and Kelvin are joined by returning guest Dr. Katie Linder to discuss the research preparation and engagement of instructional designers through the lens of a recent study Katie has released. Additional resources for conducting and applying re.||2/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 33: Academic Integrity Online: Addressing Criticisms||In this episode, Tom and Kelvin discuss the myths and realities of online academic integrity while reflecting upon the most effective ways to respond to critics. Remote proctoring, authentic assessment, ethics, Pokemon, and more!||1/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 32: Provosts, Pedagogy, and Digital Learning||Hosts Tom and Kelvin are joined by the Campus Computing Project’s Dr. Kenneth C. Green to discuss his recent work with provosts related to innovation in college and university teaching-and-learning through digital learning initiatives.||12/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 31: WGU Did What? (Or DID They?)||In this episode, Tom and Kelvin discuss the recent US Department of Education Office of Inspector General’s (OIG) recommendation about Western Governors University (WGU). Specifically, what are the issues, and what are the implications for WGU and all||11/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 30: Learning Mobile||In this episode, join hosts Thomas Cavanagh and Kelvin Thompson as they reflect upon the implications for learning of student preferences and behaviors associated with mobile technologies in higher education settings.||10/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 29: Designing Better Blended Learning||About Episode 29: Blended learning is still around and going strong! Tom and Kelvin are joined by blended learning expert Dr. Norm Vaughan as they consider, from a faculty perspective, how to partner for better-designed blended learning.||9/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 28: Understanding Policy||About Episode 28: “Policy” might or might not be one of your favorite things, but online education professionals must understand policy in order to be effective. In this episode join Tom and Kelvin as they think through the multi-tiered relationship||8/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 27: Humanizing Online Learning||About Episode 27: Humanizing online learning is arguably more important than ever as new technologies enable greater scale, efficiency, and personalization. Tom and Kelvin are joined by Dr. Bonni Stachowiak in thoughtfully exploring the human element ..||7/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 26: “Going Straight to the Source:” The Student Voice in Online Education||About Episode 26: For online education to remain relevant and viable, we must give attention to the voices of our students. In this episode, Kelvin and Tom are joined by UCF student Alex deCurnou who shares his story of being an online student at thre..||6/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 25: But FIRRST…. Lead Innovation!||About Episode 25: Keeping up with rapidly-emerging online education trends while simultaneously attending to the responsibilities of daily operations is challenging. In this episode, join hosts Thomas Cavanagh and Kelvin Thompson as they offer heurist..||5/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 24: Multilingual Musings: International Connections in Online Education||About Episode 24: Online education is a global phenomenon with a worldwide reach. But we often think about it provincially. In this episode, join hosts Kelvin Thompson and Thomas Cavanagh and guest Alexandra Pickett to consider the value and logistics..||4/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 23: What is your Elevator Pitch? Talking to the Public about Online Education||About Episode 23: Join Tom and Kelvin as they identify principles useful in addressing questions and assumptions of those outside of online education. Think of this as articulating a value proposition or making an elevator pitch.||3/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 22: Better Together: Diversity in Online Education||About Episode 22: Kelvin and Tom are joined by guests Ke’Anna Skipwith and Lamont Eddins from EDUCAUSE’s Diversity in IT Constituent Group to discuss diversity and inclusivity within online education, specifically among students, faculty,||2/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 21: Accessibility: It’s a Journey, Not a Destination||About Episode 21: Ensuring the accessibility of content and interactions by all learners must be a priority for online education professionals. In this episode, hosts Tom and Kelvin consider the ongoing, multi-faceted challenge of facilitating accessi..||1/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 20: Professional Development Through Podcasting||About Episode 20: In this episode, Tom and Kelvin, supplemented by members of a recent conference panel, consider how podcasting can be a vehicle for receiving and creating professional development opportunities. Episode 20 Show Notes:||12/5/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 19: The Multiple Roles of Instructional Designers||About Episode 19: Instructional designers are central to the success of online/blended education. But IDs play a variety of roles, some in possible conflict. In this episode, hosts Tom and Kelvin are joined by guest Dr.||11/14/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 18: Expanding Access to College through Online Education||About Episode 18: College degree attainment will not grow significantly without removing barriers to qualified students who aren’t enrolling. In this episode, Kelvin and Tom consider how online education can expand access to college. -||10/3/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 17: Researching “Questions of Consequence”||About Episode 17: Most of us like knowing that “someone” is doing research that validates our work. In this episode, Tom and Kelvin are joined by guest Dr. Charles Graham, prolific researcher of technology-mediated teaching and learning,||9/5/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 16: Operationalizing Online Course Quality||About Episode 16: How do we see to it that the design and teaching of online courses are of the highest quality possible? In this episode join hosts Kelvin Thompson and Thomas Cavanagh as they dig deeper into the practicalities of ensuring high qualit..||8/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 15: It’s More About the Social than the Media||About Episode 15: Everyone has an opinion about the role of social media in education. In this episode hosts Thomas Cavanagh and Kelvin Thompson are joined by guest Dr. Tanya Joosten, author of Social Media for Educators: Strategies and Best Practices..||7/5/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 14: The Problem with Quality: Consensus vs. Connoisseurship||Perceptions of quality (high and low) are a perennial problem in online education. What is quality? Who decides? What if others disagree? Should majority rule? What about expert knowledge? Join Tom and Kelvin in wrestling with these questions and more .||6/6/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
Timely, Target and useful
As a late bloomer in terms of using podcasts to learn, I have really enjoyed the format of TOPCast, its emphasis on current topics, the depth of conversation packed into 30 mins, and the breadth of experts it presents. It is the perfect podcast for the morning commute.
A must-listen for anyone working in education.
One of the greatest benefits of working in education is the shared passion for creating high quality learning experiences for students, which is why this podcast is a great resource. The topics are relevant and the resources are invaluable. The organization (particularly the notes), make this easy to follow along with and share with colleagues.
Thank you for wonderful content
Thank you for the opportunity to listen to TOPcast. Each episode is unique and engaging. You are addressing issues and topics relevant to all in higher education. The style of delivery is warm and enjoyable. I will be sharing with my colleagues and plan to use future TOPcast episodes as jumping off points for faculty discussions and workshops.
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