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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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  • Episode 44: The Intertwined Futures of Online and Digital Learning
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    About Episode 44: Join hosts Tom and Kelvin as they discuss the intertwined futures of online learning and digital learning. How we frame our work and where we invest our innovation efforts will have at least some bearing on where our futures lead. Podcast Recording Download Transcript: [PDF] Episode 44 Bonus Content Audio Recording: Interactions...
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  • Episode 43: “What’s Going On Down There at UCF?” A Case Study in Change Management for Digital Active Learning
    About Episode 43: Managing change is part of the business of leading innovation in online/digital learning. Sometimes we make mistakes. In this episode of TOPcast, hosts Thomas Cavanagh and Kelvin Thompson share lessons learned from a recent controversial case study in change management at UCF’s College of Business. Podcast Recording Download Transcript: [PDF,...
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  • RIA # 167: Dr. Juliet Watson on Researching Gender-based Violence
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    Dr. Juliet Watson In this episode, Katie is joined by Dr. Juliet Watson, the Deputy Director of the Unison Housing Research Lab and the Senior Lecturer in Homelessness in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies at RMIT University in Australia. Juliet has extensive research, teaching, and practice experience in the...
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  • RIA # 166: Dr. Jay Dillon on Alumni Giving and Identity
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    Dr. Jay Dillon On this episode, Katie is joined by Dr. Jay Le Roux Dillon, a social scientist and founder of Alumni Identity Fundraising Consultants. His research and consulting practice help institutions identify ideal alumni donors through the lens of social psychology and data science. Dr. Dillon was previously director of alumni...
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  • RIA # 165: Sarah Vojnovich on Reseaching Corals
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    Sarah Vojnovich On this episode, Katie is joined by Sarah Vojnovich, a Master’s student in the Department of Biomedical Sciences at Oregon State Unviersity. Sarah carries out infection studies with a bacterium, called Vibrio coralliilyticus, that infects corals and causes tissue necrosis by the release of a toxin. Current studies are typically...
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  • August 2019 Preview Clips
    Take a listen to our August 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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  • July 2019 Preview Clips
    Take a listen to our July 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 # 164: Dr. Sarah Casey on Digital Feminist Activism
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    Dr. Sarah Casey On this episode, Kaite is joined by Dr. Sarah Casey, who was awarded a PhD in Media, Communication, and Feminist Cultural Studies from Griffith University (2015). She lectures in Screen Media and Communication at the University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia. Sarah has published in the areas of...
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  • RIA # 163: Dr. Kevin Roessger on Content Analysis
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    Dr. Kevin Roessger On this episode, Katie is joined by Dr. Kevin Roessger, an assistant professor of adult and lifelong learning. He received his B.S. in psychology, M.S. in administrative leadership, and Ph.D. in adult and continuing education from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Dr. Roessger currently serves as co-editor of adult education’s...
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  • RIA # 162: Lauren Remenick on Researching Authors’ Experiences
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    Lauren Remenick On this episode, Katie is joined by Lauren Remenick, a doctoral candidate and research assistant in the Higher Education & Policy Studies PhD program at the University of Central Florida. In addition to her current research on textbook and academic authors with Dr. Kathleen P. King, Lauren’s research interests include...
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  • RIA # 161: Dr. Monica Rysavy and Russell Michalak on Finding a Research Partner
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    On this episode, Katie is joined by two guests: Dr. Monica Rysavy Monica D.T. Rysavy (Reeshavee), Ph.D., is the Director of Institutional Research and Training and an Assistant Professor at Goldey-Beacom College in Wilmington, Delaware. In this role she leads all institutional research and data analysis projects for the College. Her office...
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  • June 2019 Preview Clips
    Take a listen to our June 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 via iTunes,...
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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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  • Can Anyone Be an Inventor? Why MIT’s Invention Education Officer Says Yes
    When you hear the word “inventor,” you might think of household names like Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell, or the Wright brothers. But today, there are plenty of young inventors whose names you’ve never heard of—not yet, anyway. These are middle and high school students who have developed solutions to...
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  • Mixed Reactions to the Latest College Admissions Scandal
    Parents are giving up custody of their kids to get need-based college financial aid. That was a headline last week in ProPublica Illinois, and it got people talking once again about the madness around college admissions. In comments on the ProPublica article and in other online forums, though, plenty of...
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  • How to Bring ‘Mastery Learning’ to the Classroom
    One of the most popular topics these days in education is mastery learning—the idea that the pace of a class should match what each student is ready to learn, as a way to ensure they’re really grasping material. But it can be hard to show educators what mastery learning looks...
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  • What 6 Million Syllabi Reveal About Higher Education
    What if you could map every book and article assigned in college courses around the world and see which authors are making the most impact? A project run out of Columbia University is working to do just that. It’s called the Open Syllabus Project, and this month its leaders released...
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  • Bonus Episode: When an Online Teaching Job Becomes a Window into Child Abuse
    Online tutoring is big business—especially for a growing number of companies that connect native English-speaking teachers with children in China for live video lessons. These services can work really well as second jobs teachers in the U.S., who can wake up early and get in a couple of hours of...
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  • Sal Khan: Test Prep Is ’the Last Thing We Want to Be’
    For most of us, hearing something just once isn’t nearly enough to commit it to memory. But with today’s crowded curriculum, sometimes one explanation is all kids get. Ten years ago, Sal Khan set out to change that with his Khan Academy videos, which let kids replay lessons as many...
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  • What Impact Investing Means in Education
    “Impact investing” is a term that has become increasingly trendy. And one of the largest higher-ed foundations—The Lumina Foundation—is getting in the game. John Duong, managing director of Lumina Impact Ventures, explains how venture capital supports its mission to drive better postsecondary outcomes, and why “impact-washing” (a spin on whitewashing)...
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  • Meet Anthony Johnson: Teacher of the Year. Rebel ‘Mayor.’ High School Drop-Out.
    This week’s podcast features an unlikely education leader. His name is Anthony Johnson, and the title of his book explains the unlikely part: it’s called High School Dropout to Teacher of the Year. Johnson’s story is about second chances and falling in love, the surprising parallels between his work as...
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  • Higher Ed Has Become an 'Entrepreneurial and Philanthropic Wild West’
    Plenty of groups these days are trying to reinvent college. There are entrepreneurs and foundations rushing to try to offer higher education in new shapes, sizes, formats and price points. Meanwhile at colleges, researchers and innovators are diving into learning science and experimenting with new teaching methods as well. But...
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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....
    Read more »
  • RIA # 167: Dr. Juliet Watson on Researching Gender-based Violence
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    Dr. Juliet Watson In this episode, Katie is joined by Dr. Juliet Watson, the Deputy Director of the Unison Housing Research Lab and the Senior Lecturer in Homelessness in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies at RMIT University in Australia. Juliet has extensive research, teaching, and practice experience in the...
    Read more »
  • Can Anyone Be an Inventor? Why MIT’s Invention Education Officer Says Yes
    When you hear the word “inventor,” you might think of household names like Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell, or the Wright brothers. But today, there are plenty of young inventors whose names you’ve never heard of—not yet, anyway. These are middle and high school students who have developed solutions to...
    Read more »
  • RIA # 166: Dr. Jay Dillon on Alumni Giving and Identity
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    Dr. Jay Dillon On this episode, Katie is joined by Dr. Jay Le Roux Dillon, a social scientist and founder of Alumni Identity Fundraising Consultants. His research and consulting practice help institutions identify ideal alumni donors through the lens of social psychology and data science. Dr. Dillon was previously director of alumni...
    Read more »
  • Mixed Reactions to the Latest College Admissions Scandal
    Parents are giving up custody of their kids to get need-based college financial aid. That was a headline last week in ProPublica Illinois, and it got people talking once again about the madness around college admissions. In comments on the ProPublica article and in other online forums, though, plenty of...
    Read more »
  • RIA # 165: Sarah Vojnovich on Reseaching Corals
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    Sarah Vojnovich On this episode, Katie is joined by Sarah Vojnovich, a Master’s student in the Department of Biomedical Sciences at Oregon State Unviersity. Sarah carries out infection studies with a bacterium, called Vibrio coralliilyticus, that infects corals and causes tissue necrosis by the release of a toxin. Current studies are typically...
    Read more »
  • August 2019 Preview Clips
    Take a listen to our August 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...
    Read more »
  • 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...
    Read more »
  • How to Bring ‘Mastery Learning’ to the Classroom
    One of the most popular topics these days in education is mastery learning—the idea that the pace of a class should match what each student is ready to learn, as a way to ensure they’re really grasping material. But it can be hard to show educators what mastery learning looks...
    Read more »
  • What 6 Million Syllabi Reveal About Higher Education
    What if you could map every book and article assigned in college courses around the world and see which authors are making the most impact? A project run out of Columbia University is working to do just that. It’s called the Open Syllabus Project, and this month its leaders released...
    Read more »

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)