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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. 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 Principles of Blended...

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 [] 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 episode) Java...

Duration: 00:29:42


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. Episode 25 Show Notes: Episode Synopsis via Twitter View complete list of episode highlights via Twitter Image: Tom on-site at Spitfire Coffee in NOLA Coffee Links Coffee Profile: Rwanda Nyamagabe (featured...

Duration: 00:28:57


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. Episode 23 Show Notes: Episode Synopsis via Twitter View complete list of episode highlights via Twitter Coffee Links Coffee Profile: Rwanda Hingakawa from Starbucks Reserve...

Duration: 00:30:13


Episode 13: The MOOC Gets a Toddler Check-Up

5/2/2016
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About Episode 13: Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) have been in the news for a few years now (at least the xMOOC variety). It is probably well past time that the xMOOC receives a “toddler check-up!” Join hosts Kelvin Thompson and Thomas Cavanagh as they discuss what impacts (positive and negative) the xMOOC has had on online education. Download Transcript [PDF, RTF] Episode 13 Show Notes: Episode Synopsis via Twitter View complete list of episode highlights via Twitter Coffee Links...

Duration: 00:24:49


Episode 9: Telling Disruptive Stories: Women as Leaders in Online Education

1/4/2016
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About Episode 9: While online education has proven to be a positive venue for women as learners, how welcoming is this field to women as leaders? Join hosts Thomas Cavanagh and Kelvin Thompson as they discuss this important issue with their guest Dr. Liz Ciabocchi. Episode 9 Show Notes: Episode Synopsis via Twitter View complete list of episode highlights via Twitter Coffee Links Coffee Profile: India Tree-Dried -Mallali Estate Amrita (featured in this episode) Article: "New(ish) Methods...

Duration: 00:27:13


Episode 8: Get Free Stuff! Open Resources in Online Teaching and Learning

12/1/2015
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About Episode 8: Join hosts Thomas Cavanagh and Kelvin Thompson for this episode’s consideration of the importance of free and open resources in the advancement of online teaching and learning. Tom and Kelvin discuss the power of institutions and professional organizations sharing their resources for the greater good. Episode 8 Show Notes: Episode Synopsis via Twitter View complete list of episode highlights via Twitter Coffee Links Coffee Profile: Storyville Prologue Blend View photos of...

Duration: 00:27:12


Episode 7: The “Delicate Dance” of Leaders: Shaping the Future of Online Learning

11/2/2015
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About Episode 7: Leaders have to read the signs of the times and influence others to be ready for the future or to even invent it! Join Kelvin Thompson and Thomas Cavanagh for this episode's discussion of possible developments in online education over the next five years and the role of leaders in getting there. This episode was recorded in front of a live audience at the 2015 OLC International Conference. The topic was selected by crowdsourcing via social media prior to the conference....

Duration: 00:22:36


2015 OLC TOPcast Live Bonus Content

11/2/2015
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2015 OLC TOPcast Live Bonus Content View the story "TOPcast Live! + Engagement Campaign" on Storify TOPcast Episode 7: The “Delicate Dance” of Leaders: Shaping the Future of Online Learning was recorded in front of a live audience at the 2015 OLC International Conference. Listen to the bonus audio track to hear about the genesis of TOPcast from Tom, Kelvin, and OLC Chief Knowledge Officer, Karen Pedersen. A brief Q&A session that was recorded following the Live! episode begins at 05:20....

Duration: 00:14:30


Episode 6: Understanding the Coming CBE R/Evolution

10/5/2015
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About Episode 6: In this episode, join hosts Thomas Cavanagh and Kelvin Thompson as they discuss online competency-based education (CBE) in its various forms. Tom and Kelvin consider whether CBE is evolutionary, revolutionary, or both as higher education institutions innovate in the ways they serve their students. Episode 6 Show Notes: Episode Synopsis via Twitter View complete list of episode highlights via Twitter Coffee Links Coffee Profile: Ethiopian Yirgacheffe (featured in this...

Duration: 00:25:26


Episode 5: How Personal Do You Want to Get? Personalized Learning in Higher Education

9/8/2015
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About Episode 5: In this episode, hosts Thomas Cavanagh and Kelvin Thompson explore the range of options available to higher education institutions seeking to better serve specific student sub-groups. Join in as Tom and Kelvin disentangle concepts, jobs to be done, and specific examples. Episode 5 Show Notes: Episode Synopsis via Twitter View complete list of episode highlights via Twitter Coffee Links (From the people who bring you the Goodhousekeeping Seal of Approval) “Best Single...

Duration: 00:23:39


Episode 4: Blended Learning Part Deux: Designing the Optimal Blend

8/3/2015
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About Episode 4: Blended learning can combine the best features of online and face-to-face. Join hosts Thomas Cavanagh and Kelvin Thompson as they extend their previous discussion about blended learning into concrete strategies for designing effective blended courses. Episode 4 Show Notes: Episode Synopsis via Twitter View complete list of episode highlights via Twitter Coffee Links Coffee Profile: Storyville (featured in This Episode) Fun Link Hot Shots Part Deux Content Links UCF’s Rosen...

Duration: 00:24:12


Episode 3: Blended Learning: Finding the Sweet Spot Between Faculty Preferences and Institutional Goals

7/1/2015
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About Episode 3: Blended learning can outperform online and face-to-face courses but is sometimes overlooked as an institutional strategy. Join hosts Kelvin Thompson and Thomas Cavanagh as they consider both the pedagogical and institutional benefits of blended learning. Episode 3 Show Notes: Episode Synopsis via Twitter View complete list of episode highlights via Twitter Coffee Links Coffee Profile: Storyville (featured in This Episode) 01 Coffee: Short Article on Coffee Blends V Single...

Duration: 00:23:38


Episode 2: Research on Online Learning: Interpreting the Findings

6/15/2015
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About Episode 2: Online teaching and learning research has evolved over the past couple of decades. Join Tom and Kelvin for this episode’s discussion of the findings emerging from the on-going inquiry into online teaching and learning practice. Episode 2 Show Notes: Episode Synopsis via Twitter View complete list of episode highlights via Twitter Coffee Links Brazil Daterra Villa Borghesi Daterra Coffee Content Links Master Site for “Babson Survey” Versions DoE/Means Study (PDF) DETA at UW...

Duration: 00:22:42


Episode 1: What Is Online Learning? Definitions, Boundary Objects, and Baggage

4/3/2015
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About Episode 1: In this episode, join hosts Tom Cavanagh and Kelvin Thompson as they explore the deceptively simple question: “what is online learning?” With an eye toward clearer communication and institutional effectiveness, Tom and Kelvin unbundle a number of concepts and labels associated with online learning. Episode 1 Show Notes: Episode Synopsis via Twitter View complete list of episode highlights via Twitter Coffee Links Kao Jai coffee from Thailand (featured in this episode)...

Duration: 00:22:38