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The Teaching Online Podcast (TOPcast), hosted by Dr. Thomas Cavanagh and Dr. Kelvin Thompson, is a monthly podcast for online and blended learning professionals conducted over a shared cup of coffee. Share with the hosts your thoughts on past episodes or ideas for new episodes via email (firstname.lastname@example.org), or join the conversation on Twitter with the hashtag #topcastnow. Follow us on Twitter at @topcastnow.
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Listening to Tom Cavanagh and Kelvin Thompson in TOPcast made me feel like I was sitting in my favorite coffee shop with two really good friends having a great conversation about one of my favorite subjects. Their considerable expertise in the field of online learning and engaging conversational style is a winning combination that is both informative and entertaining!
TOPcast is a great idea . . . tune in if you are interested in down-to-earth, practical discussions on current issues in online and blended learning. These lively discussions happen with leaders in the field of online and blended learning and… cover a range of current topics relevant to leaders and practitioners.
TOPcast is both educational and entertaining. TOPcast provides me with a broader theoretical context for the hands-on work that I do in my online and blended classes. Well worth the time invested in listening to Drs. Cavanaugh and Thompson. Well done! (Would love to be able to download the coffee from the thermos!)
A cross between professional development session and meeting friends for coffee, TOPcast offers engaging conversation about online education. Tom Cavanagh and Kelvin Thompson team up to share their knowledge, enthusiasm, and a sense of humor with an audience that can then move the discussion, and archived resources, forward with their local colleagues. Thank you for connecting us all through relevant topics, our common concerns, and my favorite caffeinated beverage!
The TOPcast is an incredibly informative podcast that addresses the challenges we face in higher education around technology in teaching and learning. The podcast is sprinkled with humor and makes me wish I were sitting in the room with my own cup of coffee able to join in the conversation.
Thank you for the opportunity to listen to… TOPcast. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. You are addressing issues and topics relevant to all in higher education. The style of delivery is warm and enjoyable. I will be sharing with my colleagues and plan to use future TOPcast episodes as jumping off points for faculty discussions and workshops.
The TOPcast hosts draw from their decades of experience as they discuss current issues in online and blended learning relevant to leaders and practitioners. Any online instructor, instructional designer, or aspiring online learning leader will find benefit from the insights shared. Personally, I’ve subscribed, listened to all previous episodes, and won’t miss another! Keep ‘em coming!!
The chemistry between Tom and Kelvin is fabulous. The episode sounded like a professional, seasoned radio talk show, very interesting and entertaining. The length of the podcast was great. Time flew.
TOPcast is a great resource by Tom Cavanagh and Kelvin Thompson from UCF – monthly podcast plus transmedia and even coffee trivia. These are conversations with real practitioners who actively support faculty and students.
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Meet the Hosts
Dr. Thomas Cavanagh
Dr. Thomas B. Cavanagh is Associate Vice President of Distributed Learning at the University of Central Florida (UCF). In this role he oversees the distance learning strategy, policies, and practices of the nation's second-largest university, including program and course design, development, and assessment. In his career, Tom has administered e-learning development for both academic (public and private) and industrial (Fortune 500, government/military) audiences.
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Dr. Kelvin Thompson
A popular speaker, Dr. Kelvin Thompson regularly appears throughout the US while serving as the Director of Online Design & Development Strategy for the University of Central Florida’s (UCF) Center for Distributed Learning with a faculty appointment as a graduate faculty scholar in UCF’s College of Education & Human Performance. Kelvin has collaborated on the design of hundreds of online and blended courses over the past eighteen years.
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