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

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  • Episode 34: Research and the Instructional Designer

    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.Read More »


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    Meet the Hosts

    Dr. Thomas Cavanagh

    Dr. Thomas CavanaghDr. Thomas B. Cavanagh is the Vice Provost for Digital 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

    Image of Dr. Kelvin ThompsonA popular speaker, Dr. Kelvin Thompson regularly appears throughout the US while serving as the Executive Director of 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 nineteen years.
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