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Episode 42: Designing for Synchronous Online Learning

10/1/2018
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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 options.

Duration:00:28:03

Episode 41: Big & Good: Will the Iron Triangle Allow for Both?

9/4/2018
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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 both scale and quality.

Duration:00:27:43

Episode 40: “Boost Your Online Program Enrollment with this One Tip!” (aka Marketing of Online Programs)

8/6/2018
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“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 programs.

Duration:00:43:34

Episode 39: Introducing the Teaching Online Preparation Toolkit

7/2/2018
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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, open-licensed resources designed to make online faculty development easier and less lonely.

Duration:00:17:34

Episode 38: Storytelling and Empathy in Online Education

6/4/2018
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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, mentoring, and professional development are discussed.

Duration:00:31:08

Episode 37: 6 Deadly Sins of Online Teaching

5/7/2018
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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.

Duration:00:22:55

Episode 36: Finding Online Learning Leaders: “Fredericksen’s List”

4/2/2018
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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 research studies into their roles, preparation, and priorities.

Duration:00:20:26

Episode 35: Blending Our Way to “A Whole New Level of Student Success”

3/5/2018
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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.

Duration:00:25:23

Episode 34: Research and the Instructional Designer

2/5/2018
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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 research are also suggested.

Duration:00:29:26

Episode 33: Academic Integrity Online: Addressing Criticisms

1/8/2018
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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!

Duration:00:27:07

Episode 32: Provosts, Pedagogy, and Digital Learning

12/4/2017
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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.

Duration:00:33:59

Episode 31: WGU Did What? (Or DID They?)

11/6/2017
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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 US institutions offering online courses?

Duration:00:25:05

Episode 30: Learning Mobile

10/2/2017
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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.

Duration:00:25:19

Episode 29: Designing Better Blended Learning

9/5/2017
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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. Download Transcript [PDF, RTF] Episode 29 Show Notes: Episode Synopsis via Twitter View complete list of episode highlights via Twitter Coffee Links Guatemala Antigua from Keuka Lake Coffee Roasters in New York Content Links Dr. Norm Vaughan’s Bio Image: "7...

Duration:00:28:45

Episode 28: Understanding Policy

8/7/2017
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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 relationships between policy and online education. Download Transcript [PDF, RTF] Episode 28 Show Notes: Episode Synopsis via Twitter View complete list of episode highlights via Twitter Coffee Links Coffee Profile: Ethiopia Harrar (featured in this...

Duration:00:30:34

Episode 27: Humanizing Online Learning

7/3/2017
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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 in online teaching and learning. Download Transcript [PDF, RTF] Episode 27 Show Notes: Episode Synopsis via Twitter View complete list of episode highlights via Twitter Coffee Links Coffee Profile: Costa Rica Tarbaca Tarrazu Coffee (featured in...

Duration:00:33:19

Episode 26: “Going Straight to the Source:” The Student Voice in Online Education

6/12/2017
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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 three different institutions. Download Transcript [PDF, RTF] Episode 26 Show Notes: Episode Synopsis via Twitter View complete list of episode highlights via Twitter Coffee Links Coffee Profile: Ethiopia Sidamo (featured in this episode) Axum Coffee...

Duration:00:24:58

Episode 25: But FIRRST…. Lead Innovation!

5/1/2017
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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 heuristics to help in leading innovation. Download Transcript [PDF, RTF] Episode 25 Show Notes: Episode Synopsis via Twitter View complete list of episode highlights via Twitter Coffee Links Coffee Profile: Rwanda Nyamagabe (featured in this episode)...

Duration:00:28:57

Episode 24: Multilingual Musings: International Connections in Online Education

4/3/2017
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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 of adopting an international perspective in our work. Download Transcript [PDF, RTF] Episode 24 Show Notes: Episode Synopsis via Twitter View complete list of episode highlights via Twitter Coffee Links Coffee Profile: Colombia Claudia Samboni...

Duration:00:24:59

Episode 23: What is your Elevator Pitch? Talking to the Public about Online Education

3/6/2017
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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. This episode contains a segment from The Tavis Smiley Show with grateful permission. Download Transcript [PDF, RTF] Episode 23 Show Notes: Episode Synopsis via Twitter View complete list of episode highlights via Twitter Coffee Links Coffee Profile: Rwanda Hingakawa...

Duration:00:30:13