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TOPcast: The Teaching Online Podcast

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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.

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.

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United States

Description:

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.

Twitter:

@topcastnow

Language:

English


Episodes

Episode 85: Blended Is the Future. (And It’s Not Just Courses)

3/1/2021
In this episode, join Kelvin and Tom for a discussion of how “blended” is likely to permeate higher education institutions far beyond the bounds of blended learning course design. Ponder the opportunities afforded by blended campus workplaces and blended co-curricular experiences in the post-COVID era.

Duration:00:32:03

Episode 84: The Value of Engaging with Our Community

2/15/2021
Guest Dr. Jessica Knott from OLC joins hosts Kelvin and Tom to discuss the mutual benefits of engaging with our online education community.

Duration:00:34:09

Episode 83: Re-thinking Synchronous for the Post-COVID Era

2/1/2021
Join hosts Tom and Kelvin as they think through the post-COVID role of synchronous online teaching and consider how to ensure the best quality possible.

Duration:00:31:40

Episode 82: Fostering Large Scale OER Adoption

1/18/2021
In this episode, Dr. Tanya Spilovoy joins hosts Tom and Kelvin to discuss the importance of faculty adoption of free or low-cost open educational resources (OER) at scale. This is an important part of lowering educational costs for students. Fostering widespread adoption initiatives is harder than it looks.

Duration:00:33:34

Episode 81: Technology Adoption as Enabling the “Right Thing”

1/4/2021
In this episode, hosts Tom and Kelvin consider how the various technology adoption decisions we make either enable or prevent others from doing “the right thing” in online teaching and learning.

Duration:00:27:23

Episode 80: “Carism” in Leading Online Learning Teams

12/21/2020
Guest Dr. Luke Dowden joins hosts Kelvin and Tom to remind us all that people are the most valuable part of any online learning organization. He helps us identify how to add value to our team members, our organizations, and our collective work through deliberate caring. These other-centered practices are valuable every day but are especially relevant in the COVID-era.

Duration:00:39:46

Episode 79: The 2020 TOPcast & Friends Holiday Special

12/7/2020
With a touch of holiday fun and whimsy, hosts Tom and Kelvin are joined by a panel of past guests and a live audience of regular listeners to celebrate the end of 2020 and reflect upon its lasting impact on the field of online education. Enjoy this holiday gift to our community, and please consider sharing a link with your colleagues.

Duration:01:01:18

Episode 78: Lessons from Leading Calbright

11/16/2020
About Episode 78: Calbright College President and CEO Ajita Menon re-joins hosts Tom and Kelvin to discuss the lessons learned from leading a “start-up” public college. This is the second of two interviews with President Menon. Podcast Recording Download Transcript: [PDF] Episode 78 Show Notes: Episode Synopsis via Twitter View complete list of episode highlights via Twitter Coffee Links "S’Morey Time" Coffee from Bones Coffee CompanyBones Coffee Company Content Links Ajita Menon’s Online...

Duration:00:36:15

Episode 77: Field Report #8: Strategic Blended Learning in “COVID Times”

11/2/2020
Tom and Kelvin consider the strategic role blended learning can have during the pandemic as higher ed institutions begin planning for their eventual return to f2f instruction. This episode is the eighth in a mini-series of monthly “field reports” offering collegial advice in getting through the current era of “remote teaching” necessitated by COVID-19.

Duration:00:27:48

2020 IELOL Participants Q&A Session – Bonus Content

10/26/2020
Q&A Bonus Session between IELOL participants, guest Dr. Shubha Kashyap, and hosts Tom and Kelvin.

Duration:00:28:25

Episode 76: Learning from the Calbright Model

10/19/2020
Calbright College President and CEO Ajita Menon joins hosts Tom and Kelvin to discuss the Calbright Model and to consider the place of innovative models in our collective work within online higher education. This is the first of two interviews with President Menon.

Duration:00:36:40

Episode 75: Field Report #7: “Fostering Resilience” for the Spring

10/5/2020
Hosts Tom and Kelvin discuss principles for effective planning of spring 2021’s continued reliance on the work of online learning professionals. This episode is the seventh in a mini-series of monthly “field reports” offering collegial advice in getting through the current era of “remote teaching” necessitated by COVID-19.

Duration:00:27:00

Episode 74: “Connecting the Dots:” Lessons for Leadership

9/21/2020
Guest Dr. Shubha Kashyap joins hosts Tom and Kelvin to share some of her leadership lessons learned with an explicit emphasis on the importance of openness to learning and the value of mentoring and coaching. This episode was recorded as part of the curriculum for the 2020 OLC IELOL Immersion Experience.

Duration:00:32:11

Episode 73: Field Report #6: “Message-Infused” Communications During COVID

9/8/2020
Stakeholder communications are especially important during a crisis. What do you do when communications are misinterpreted? Hosts Kelvin and Tom talk through COVID-era communication strategies. This episode is the sixth in a mini-series of monthly “field reports” offering collegial advice in getting through the current era of “remote teaching” necessitated by COVID-19.

Duration:00:32:52

Episode 72: Pro Tips on Vocal Care for Faculty

8/17/2020
In this episode, special guest Dr. Richard Zraick joins Tom and Kelvin to discuss how teaching faculty can care for their voices despite inordinate vocal use online and f2f during the COVID-19 era. Great episode for sharing with teaching faculty colleagues who aren’t regular listeners!

Duration:00:37:10

Episode 71: Field Report #5: Finding Flexibility for F2F This Fall: The BlendFlex Approach

8/3/2020
Many institutions will be offering at least some f2f instruction this fall. Kelvin and Tom talk through the details of one flexible approach for making fall f2f less disruptable: BlendFlex.

Duration:00:32:02

Episode 70: Student Access to Digital Materials During COVID and Beyond

7/20/2020
In this episode, guest Cheryl Costantini from Cengage joins hosts Tom and Kelvin to speak about the importance of providing students with affordable access to digital course materials. This has proven especially critical during the COVID-19 era.

Duration:00:29:38

Episode 69: Field Report #4: How Are We Doing? Hearing Everyone’s Voices Through Data

7/6/2020
Tom and Kelvin talk through giving voice to and gathering data from all faculty and student constituents to evaluate effectiveness of remote instruction. This episode is the fourth in a mini-series of monthly “field reports” offering collegial advice in getting through the current era of “remote teaching” necessitated by COVID-19.

Duration:00:38:37

Episode 68: “Getting Everything Current:” A Holistic Approach to Accessibility

6/15/2020
Guest Dr. Sherri Braxton joins Kelvin and Tom to discuss how a holistic, system-wide effort to “get current” on IT accessibility has implications for ensuring that all learners have access to their online course materials.

Duration:00:30:29

Episode 67: Field Report #3: Carrying Out a “More Online Every Semester” Strategy

6/1/2020
Hosts Tom and Kelvin discuss how to carry out a strategy of offering a higher proportion of well-designed online courses each semester. This episode is the third in a mini-series of monthly “field reports” offering collegial advice in getting through the current era of “remote teaching” necessitated by COVID-19.

Duration:00:33:42