TOPcast: The Teaching Online Podcast


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  • Episode 25: But FIRRST…. Lead Innovation!

    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. …Read More »

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About TOPcast

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 (, or join the conversation on Twitter with the hashtag #topcastnow. Follow us on Twitter at @topcastnow.

What Others are Saying

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!
Dr. Elizabeth (Liz) CiabocchiDean of Digital LearningSt. John’s University

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Meet the Hosts

Dr. Thomas Cavanagh

Tom CavanaghDr. 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

kelvin ThompsonA 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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