SubscribeRSS FeedItunes | Google Play | Stitcher | TuneInConnect@topcastnow (Use #topcastnow)Email Topcast Get More TOPcastEpisode 53: A “Sobering” Conversation About Diversity Among Leaders of Online LearningEpisode 52: Higher Ed’s “Third Wave of Digital Leaders”Episode 51: How Can We Make Textbooks More Affordable for Students?Episode 50: Conveying Online Quality: One Way to Better Inform StakeholdersEpisode 49: “You’re Making Me Crazy!” How to Improve Online Education View AllPosted on November 6, 2017March 30, 2018 by Jonathan PizzoEpisode 31: WGU Did What? (Or DID They?)About Episode 31:In this episode, Tom and Kelvin discuss the recent US Department of Education Office of Inspector General’s (OIG) recommendation about Western Governors University (WGU). Specifically, what are the issues, and what are the implications for WGU and all US institutions offering online courses?Podcast Recording https://media.blubrry.com/ucf_topcast/p/cdl.ucf.edu/staticfiles/topcast/topcast-331.mp3Podcast (teaching-online-podcast): Play in new window | Download (Duration: 24:16 — 23.3MB) | EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | TuneIn | Spotify | RSS Download Transcript [PDF, RTF]Episode 31 Show Notes:Episode Synopsis via TwitterView complete list of episode highlights via TwitterCoffee LinksCoffee Nut M&Ms (featured in this episode)Content LinksUS DOE Office of Inspector General’s (OIG) Final Audit Report of Western Governors University (WGU)WGU’s Response WebpageInside Higher Ed article: “Federal Audit Challenges Faculty Role at WGU”EdSurge article: “Federal Audit Says WGU Lacks Faculty Interaction, Recommending It Return $700 Million in Financial Aid“e-Literate analysis: “WGU Audit Findings: Interpretations of ‘regular and substantive’ and ‘self-paced’”Eduventures article: “Four Strong Winds – An OIG Audit Chills the Air”Tyton Partners analysis: “What does the WGU audit mean for adult learners?”Three-Part WCET Analysis on Russ Poulin’s Frontiers BlogPart 01: “When Interaction Is Not Interaction”Part 02: “React…But Don’t Overreact”Part 03: “A Brief History of ‘Regular and Substantive Interaction’”TOPcast Episode #28: “Understanding Policy”TOPcast Episode #06: “Understanding the Coming CBE R/Evolution”TOPcast Episode #25: “But FIRRST… Lead Innovation”Like what you see? Tell the world!