In this episode, hosts Kelvin and Tom note the student success benefits of learning analytics initiatives and consider thoughtfully the appropriate roles for human decision-making in such initiatives. Students, faculty, advisors, and administrators are just some of the humans who can be empowered by analytics.

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.

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.

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 …

The following audio recording is raw footage of an interview Dr. Kelvin Thompson conducted with Dr. Norm Vaughan for TOPcast: The Teaching Online Podcast. An earlier interview is featured in TOPcast episode 29. (A phone buzz re-directs the flow of this follow-up conversation, but the dialogue is still rich with content and will be interesting …

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 …

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, and instructional designers. Download Transcript [PDF, RTF] Episode 22 Show Notes: Episode Synopsis via Twitter View complete list of episode highlights …

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 accessibility. Download Transcript [PDF, RTF] Episode 21 Show Notes: Episode Synopsis via Twitter View complete list of episode highlights via …

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. Katie Linder as they discuss these roles and consider how to resolve the tension between scholarship and practice. Download …