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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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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.






Episode 123: Hybridity Predicted and More from CHLOE 7

About Episode 123: In this episode, hosts Kelvin and Tom talk through the insights and predictions from the CHLOE 7 report, with a focus on anticipated widespread hybridity in courses, programs, and student support services. Podcast Recording Download Transcript: PDF Episode 123 Show Notes: Episode Synopsis via Twitter View complete list of episode highlights via Twitter Coffee Links Video: Equator Coffee’s Single-Origin Java Argopuro Natural LacticAbout Equator Coffees Content Links Details...


Episode 122: More Equitable Outcomes Through Instructional Design

Guest Katrina Wehr joins hosts Tom and Kelvin to talk about how the role of instructional designer can lead to more equitable outcomes for all students within the work of online/digital teaching and learning.


Episode 121: “Surprisingly Awesome” In-Person Engagement

elvin for a consideration of the value that in-person engagement has in our work of online education, particularly in the support and professional development of online teaching faculty.


Episode 120: Academic Innovation Lessons: Hype vs. Hope

Journalist Jeff Young joins hosts Kelvin and Tom to talk about lessons learned from higher education’s recent academic innovations and whether these ideas bring hope or merely hype to the field of online education.


Episode 119: Chatbots in Online Education

In this episode, hosts Tom and Kelvin contemplate the potential for chatbots in online education as a benefit to online students and as a support to both faculty and student services staff.


Episode 118: Observations on the Online Education Job Market

WCET’s Megan Raymond joins hosts Tom and Kelvin to comment on patterns observed in the current job market for online higher education professionals including instructional designers and related roles.


Episode 117: Online Discussion-Enhancement Tools

In this episode, hosts Kelvin and Tom consider the role of asynchronous discussions in online education and discuss how technology platforms/tools might provide some enhancement.


Episode 116 Bonus: Ehrmann on Chickering & Ehrmann (1996)

Hi this is Kelvin for TOPcast. As an accompaniment to episode 116, Tom and I would like to offer to everyone a brief bonus clip with Dr. Stephen C. Ehrmann from late 2021 in which Steve reflects on the impact of the famous article he co-wrote in 1996 with Arthur Chickering (The title of that article, if you are not familiar, is: “Implementing the Seven Principles: Technology as Lever” ) and in this clip, Steve shares a couple of delightful anecdotes surrounding the writing of the influential...


Episode 116: 3Fold Gains and the Improvement of Higher Ed

Guest Dr. Stephen C. Ehrmann joins hosts Tom and Kelvin to discuss lessons learned from studying six exemplar higher ed institutions that have achieved “3fold gains” by improving educational quality, access, and affordability.


Episode 115: “Blendedness:” Deliberate Design with Student Benefit

As a companion piece to episode 113 on “onlineness,” in this episode hosts Tom and Kelvin discuss the related concept of “blendedness” - the deliberate design of a unified in-person + online experience in ways that benefit students directly.


Episode 114: Making Sense of COVID’s Ongoing Impact on Online Higher Ed

NPR education correspondent Anya Kamenetz joins hosts Kelvin and Tom to pause for a holistic check-in evaluation of the on-going impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on online higher education.


Episode 113: The Three Students You Might Meet in Your Online Class

In this Season 8 opener, Tom and Kelvin share sample student profiles illustrating the varied needs of students enrolling in online courses, and they call for a strategy of integrated data to better inform such profiles.


Episode 112: SARA (and More!) Under Siege

Guests Russ Poulin and Cheryl Dowd join hosts Kelvin and Tom to bring some breaking news on governmental regulation that could change the way online higher education works in the US. Listen carefully and share with institutional colleagues to avoid unpleasant surprises.


Episode 111: “Onlineness:” Necessity, Not Convenience

In this episode Tom and Kelvin unpack what it means for online courses to be “online” and why it matters to students if instructional designers or instructors make decisions that negatively impact this “onlineness.”


Episode 110: The LMS: Institutional “Linchpin”

Guest Kerlene King joins hosts Tom and Kelvin to discuss what it takes for the learning management system (LMS) to be used strategically at institutions of higher education.


Episode 109: Protecting Online Higher Education from the Great Resignation

Reports continue of individuals leaving the field of online higher education as part of the Great Resignation (or Reshuffling). In this episode, hosts Kelvin and Tom discuss how to make our online learning teams positive environments where people find purpose and pursue vision as we carry out this meaningful work.


Episode 108: A Faculty Vision for Transformation of STEM Education

Guest physics professor Dr. Zhongzhou Chen joins hosts Tom and Kelvin to discuss a compelling vision for transforming the nature of STEM education via digital learning practices and technologies.


Episode 107: “Peeling the Onion” of Online Program Rankings

In this episode, hosts Tom and Kelvin delve into the online program rankings associated with US News’ “Best Colleges” Rankings and discuss both the problems and the value such rankings bring to higher education.


Episode 106: Rise of the CATO

Guest Dr. Shawna Dark joins hosts Kelvin and Tom to discuss the importance of the emerging higher education role of the Chief Academic Technology Officer (CATO) and its relationship to online teaching and learning.


Come Work for Us! Digital Learning Job Openings at UCF

The Division of Digital Learning is seeking qualified individuals to fill a variety of positions. If you are excited about serving faculty and students using innovative education technology and practices to impact student access, success, cost and the quality of the learning experience, consider joining our division. Learn more about our openings here: