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  • Episode 54: “Keep It Simple Starting” with Design and Teaching
    About Episode 54: In this episode, TOPcast hosts Kelvin and Tom talk through how “starting simply”, with the essentials, in online design/teaching and then iterating over time will make for a more successful experience for all concerned. These principles hold for other kinds of digital learning implementations. Podcast Recording Download Transcript: [PDF] Episode 54...
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  • Episode 53: A “Sobering” Conversation About Diversity Among Leaders of Online Learning
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    About Episode 53: Returning guest Dr. Liz Ciabocchi joins hosts Kelvin and Tom to consider the current state of diversity and inclusivity within the ranks of online learning leaders. While a sobering conversation to be sure, this episode is filled with data and optimism. This episode was recorded in front of...
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  • Episode 52: Higher Ed’s “Third Wave of Digital Leaders”
    About Episode 52: In this episode, Tom and Kelvin are joined by Dr. Casey Green who shares his decades long observations about the evolving nature of leadership in higher ed’s technology-mediated teaching and learning initiatives. A key theme is the sustainability of our digital learning efforts. Podcast Recording Download Transcript: [PDF] Episode 52 Show...
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  • Episode 51: How Can We Make Textbooks More Affordable for Students?
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    About Episode 51: Textbook affordability is important to students, parents, policymakers, and online education professionals. Reducing the functional cost to students of course materials is a complex challenge. In this episode, hosts Tom and Kelvin discuss one multifaceted strategy for meeting this challenge. Podcast Recording Download Transcript: [PDF] Episode 51 Show Notes: Episode Synopsis via...
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  • Episode 50: Conveying Online Quality: One Way to Better Inform Stakeholders
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    About Episode 50: Providing evidence of quality assurance efforts for online education goes a long way toward addressing the concerns of stakeholders, novices, and naysayers. In this episode, Dr. Deb Miller joins hosts Kelvin and Tom to share the details of one state’s system-wide approach to better conveying evidence of online...
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  • Episode 49: “You’re Making Me Crazy!” How to Improve Online Education
    About Episode 49: In the fifth season kick-off, hosts Kelvin Thompson and Thomas Cavanagh reflect on what makes them crazy about the field of online education and what online practitioners might do to remedy the situation. This is a great episode to share and discuss with colleagues inside and outside the...
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  • Episode 48: Equal Access to Education: A Conversation with Dr. Chuck Dziuban
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    About Episode 48: Access to education is not equal across all demographics. What might we do about that? In this episode, rockstar scholar Dr. Chuck Dziuban joins hosts Tom and Kelvin to discuss equity and the affordances of digital learning. Podcast Recording Download Transcript: [PDF] Episode 48 Show Notes: Kelvin Thompson, Charles Dziuban, and Thomas...
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  • Episode 47: Engaging in Engagement Research for Online Students
    About Episode 47: In this episode Kelvin and Tom are joined by Dr. Tawnya Means and Dr. Meridith Bergeron as they consider the value of engagement, especially for students who have online-only experiences with their institutions through online programs. Means and Bergeron share details about a current research project in which...
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  • Episode 46: Empowering Humans Through Learning Analytics
    About Episode 46: 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. Podcast Recording Download Transcript: [PDF] Episode...
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  • Episode 45: A Case for Consortia: Learning with Unizin
    About Episode 45: In this episode, co-hosts Tom and Kelvin are joined by Unizin’s Chief Academic Officer, Dr. Jill Buban, to discuss the importance of institutional consortia in advancing higher education’s aspirational innovation goals that benefit students. Podcast Recording Download Transcript: [PDF] Episode 45 Show Notes: Episode Synopsis via Twitter View complete list of...
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  • RIA # 175: Dr. Sharla Berry on Cultivating Community Online
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    Dr. Sharla Berry On this episode, Katie is joined by Dr. Sharla Berry, an Assistant Professor in the Graduate School of Education at California Lutheran University. Her research explores education technology in K-20 contexts. She has published several peer-reviewed articles exploring how students and faculty cultivate learning communities in online programs....
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  • RIA # 174: Dr. Emily Contois on Food Studies
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    Dr. Emily Contois On this episode, Katie is joined by Dr. Emily Contois, an Assistant Professor of Media Studies at The University of Tulsa. Her book, Diners, Dudes, and Diets: Gender and Power in U.S. Food Culture and Media, will be published with The University of North Carolina Press in 2020. It...
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  • October 2019 Preview Clips
    Take a listen to our October 2019 preview clips! Transcript (.docx) Show Notes To share feedback about this podcast episode, ask questions that could be featured in a future episode, or to share research-related resources, post a comment below or contact the “Research in Action” podcast: Twitter: @RIA_podcast or #RIA_podcast Email: riapodcast@oregonstate.edu Voicemail: 541-737-1111 If you listen to the podcast...
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  • RIA # 173: Dr. Mary Ellen Dello Stritto and Stephania Fregosi on Data and Methods in Sustainability Research
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    Stephania Fregosi On this episode, guest host Dr. Mary Ellen Dello Stritto is joined by Stephania Fregosi, Sustainability Analyst at Portland Community College. In her role, Stephania completes greenhouse gas inventories, the Sustainability, Tracking, and Rating system report, does research, and provides other support for the college. She earned her Master’s...
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  • RIA # 172: Dr. Nicola Ulibarri on Tools for Creativity in Research
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    Dr. Nicola Ulibarri On this episode, Katie is joined by Dr. Nicola Ulibarri, an assistant professor of Urban Planning and Public Policy at the University of California, Irvine, where she leads an interdisciplinary research group that studies water and infrastructure management. Her group combines approaches from environmental planning, public administration, and...
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  • RIA # 171: The ECRU on Team-based Research
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    Dr. Katie Linder On this episode, Dr. Katie Linder, Director of Research for Oregon State University Ecampus, is joined by the Ecampus Research Unit team to discuss logistics and tools used to conduct team-based research projects. Transcript (.docx) Show Notes Would you like to incorporate this episode of “Research in Action” into your course? Download...
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  • RIA # 170: Dr. Larry Rosen on Technology and the Brain
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    Dr. Larry Rosen On this episode, Katie is joined by Dr. Larry Rosen, Professor Emeritus and past chair of the psychology department at California State University, Dominguez Hills. He is a research psychologist recognized as an international expert in the “Psychology of Technology.” Over the past 30-plus years, Dr. Rosen and his colleagues...
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  • RIA # 169: Dr. Helen Kara on Research Ethics
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    Dr. Helen Kara On this episode, Katie is joined by Dr. Helen Kara, Director of We Research It Ltd, who has been an independent researcher since 1999 and writes and teaches on research methods. She is the author of Creative Research Methods in the Social Sciences: A Practical Guide (Policy Press, 2015)....
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  • September 2019 Preview Clips
    Take a listen to our September 2019 preview clips! Transcript (.docx) Show Notes To share feedback about this podcast episode, ask questions that could be featured in a future episode, or to share research-related resources, post a comment below or contact the “Research in Action” podcast: Twitter: @RIA_podcast or #RIA_podcast Email: riapodcast@oregonstate.edu Voicemail: 541-737-1111 If you listen to the podcast...
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  • RIA # 168: Dr. Paul Eaton on Post-Qualitative Inquiry
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    Dr. Paul Eaton In this episode, Katie is joined by Dr. Paul William Eaton, an Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership at Sam Houston State University. Paul’s research interests include inquiries into digital technologies in education and human identity~subjectification~becoming; digital pedagogy and learning; postqualitative, complexivist, and posthumanist inquiry; and curriculum theorizing-philosophy in the...
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  • A ’Golden Age’ of Teaching and Learning at Colleges?
    Researchers are making new discoveries these days about how people learn, and some of those findings are making their way onto campus, in the form of new teaching practices. That has Matthew Rascoff, associate vice provost for digital education and innovation at Duke University, excited about the possibility to make...
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  • The Internet Can Be a Force for Good. Here’s How.
    What does it mean to be a good citizen? That question is complicated by today's digital environment, since today's kids—and adults too—live in both online and offline worlds. EdSurge sat down with one of the foremost experts on helping navigate these issues: Marialice Curran, founder and executive director of the...
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  • Can a Sitcom Teach Philosophy? Meet a Scholar Advising 'The Good Place'
    Today we’re talking about teaching using popular culture, and we’re focusing on a quirky TV comedy called The Good Place. The show is led by Michael Schur, who previously wrote for The Office and Parks and Recreation. But there’s an unusual person in the writer’s room of The Good Place—an...
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  • The Challenge of Teaching News Literacy
    This week on the podcast we’re talking about news literacy, and the challenge of teaching students to navigate the relentless flow of information they get through social media and websites and YouTube and ... podcasts. Our guest, Peter Adams, has years of experience working with students like Luquin, first as...
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  • Bonus Episode: How Choosing College is Like Buying a Milkshake
    What happens when a popular theory of market research used by fast-food restaurants (to do things like improve their milkshakes) is applied to the process of choosing a college? We talked to Michael Horn, co-author of a new book that does just that. But does it make sense to bring...
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  • The Fight to Preserve African-American History
    For this week’s podcast, we’re looking at the role that African-American scholars and teachers have played in preserving the history of slavery and its aftermath, which in so many ways is still not widely known and appreciated. We talk with scholars who helped mark the 400th anniversary of the arrival...
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  • A Bored Student Hacked His School's Systems. Will the Edtech Industry Pay Attention?
    This week we’re talking about cybersecurity at schools—and how secure—or in some cases how vulnerable—the tech systems in school systems are. At the center of our story: Bill Demirkapi, who managed to bust into two key student information systems of his high school, then tried to tell the edtech companies...
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  • Satirical Takes on Higher Ed and Why They Matter
    What is your favorite satirical take on higher education? Maybe Jane Smiley’s "Moo." Or Don DeLillo’s "White Noise"? Or it could be Rodney Dangerfield’s "Back to School." Let’s face it, there almost endless works of fiction poking fun at academic life. As the summer ends and we head into the...
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  • Forget the Scientific Method — Why We May Be Teaching Science All Wrong
    What if teaching the scientific method in schools is giving students the wrong idea about how rigorous work is done by scientists? That’s the unusual hypothesis being made by John Rudolph, an education professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and author of “How We Teach Science: What's Changed, and Why...
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  • The New Jim Code? Race and Discriminatory Design
    People have a tendency to treat technology and big data as neutral, sterile and immune to mortal failings. Yet the digital tools we use at schools, jobs and home don’t simply fall from the sky—humans produce them. And that means human biases can and do slip right into the algorithms....
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  • A ’Golden Age’ of Teaching and Learning at Colleges?
    Researchers are making new discoveries these days about how people learn, and some of those findings are making their way onto campus, in the form of new teaching practices. That has Matthew Rascoff, associate vice provost for digital education and innovation at Duke University, excited about the possibility to make...
    Read more »
  • RIA # 175: Dr. Sharla Berry on Cultivating Community Online
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    Dr. Sharla Berry On this episode, Katie is joined by Dr. Sharla Berry, an Assistant Professor in the Graduate School of Education at California Lutheran University. Her research explores education technology in K-20 contexts. She has published several peer-reviewed articles exploring how students and faculty cultivate learning communities in online programs....
    Read more »
  • The Internet Can Be a Force for Good. Here’s How.
    What does it mean to be a good citizen? That question is complicated by today's digital environment, since today's kids—and adults too—live in both online and offline worlds. EdSurge sat down with one of the foremost experts on helping navigate these issues: Marialice Curran, founder and executive director of the...
    Read more »
  • RIA # 174: Dr. Emily Contois on Food Studies
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    Dr. Emily Contois On this episode, Katie is joined by Dr. Emily Contois, an Assistant Professor of Media Studies at The University of Tulsa. Her book, Diners, Dudes, and Diets: Gender and Power in U.S. Food Culture and Media, will be published with The University of North Carolina Press in 2020. It...
    Read more »
  • October 2019 Preview Clips
    Take a listen to our October 2019 preview clips! Transcript (.docx) Show Notes To share feedback about this podcast episode, ask questions that could be featured in a future episode, or to share research-related resources, post a comment below or contact the “Research in Action” podcast: Twitter: @RIA_podcast or #RIA_podcast Email: riapodcast@oregonstate.edu Voicemail: 541-737-1111 If you listen to the podcast...
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  • Episode 54: “Keep It Simple Starting” with Design and Teaching
    About Episode 54: In this episode, TOPcast hosts Kelvin and Tom talk through how “starting simply”, with the essentials, in online design/teaching and then iterating over time will make for a more successful experience for all concerned. These principles hold for other kinds of digital learning implementations. Podcast Recording Download Transcript: [PDF] Episode 54...
    Read more »
  • Can a Sitcom Teach Philosophy? Meet a Scholar Advising 'The Good Place'
    Today we’re talking about teaching using popular culture, and we’re focusing on a quirky TV comedy called The Good Place. The show is led by Michael Schur, who previously wrote for The Office and Parks and Recreation. But there’s an unusual person in the writer’s room of The Good Place—an...
    Read more »
  • RIA # 173: Dr. Mary Ellen Dello Stritto and Stephania Fregosi on Data and Methods in Sustainability Research
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    Stephania Fregosi On this episode, guest host Dr. Mary Ellen Dello Stritto is joined by Stephania Fregosi, Sustainability Analyst at Portland Community College. In her role, Stephania completes greenhouse gas inventories, the Sustainability, Tracking, and Rating system report, does research, and provides other support for the college. She earned her Master’s...
    Read more »
  • The Challenge of Teaching News Literacy
    This week on the podcast we’re talking about news literacy, and the challenge of teaching students to navigate the relentless flow of information they get through social media and websites and YouTube and ... podcasts. Our guest, Peter Adams, has years of experience working with students like Luquin, first as...
    Read more »
  • RIA # 172: Dr. Nicola Ulibarri on Tools for Creativity in Research
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    Dr. Nicola Ulibarri On this episode, Katie is joined by Dr. Nicola Ulibarri, an assistant professor of Urban Planning and Public Policy at the University of California, Irvine, where she leads an interdisciplinary research group that studies water and infrastructure management. Her group combines approaches from environmental planning, public administration, and...
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Testimonial

"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."

Ed Garay, Assistant Director, Academic Computing, University of Illinois at Chicago (TOPcast)