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  • Episode 60: Growing [As] Leaders in Our Online Learning Field
    About Episode 60: Dr. Kelvin Bentley joins co-hosts Kelvin Thompson and Tom Cavanagh to discuss how our field and its leaders are growing in strategic importance. The value of strengthening personal and organizational networks is emphasized. Podcast Recording Download Transcript: [PDF] Episode 60 Show Notes: Episode Synopsis via Twitter View complete list of episode highlights via...
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  • Episode 59: Online Faculty Development
    About Episode 59: Tom and Kelvin devote an entire episode to one of the pillars of successful online education programs: the preparation of faculty for online course design and teaching. Varieties of faculty development approaches are discussed. Podcast Recording Download Transcript: [PDF] Episode 59 Show Notes: Episode Synopsis via Twitter View complete list of episode highlights...
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  • Episode 58: “Fun with Regulations”
    About Episode 58: In this episode, hosts Kelvin and Tom learn to have “fun with regulations” as guests Russ Poulin and Cheryl Dowd from WCET provide an update on timely topics from the US higher education policy context. Russ and Cheryl’s enthusiasm for the topics is infectious. Podcast Recording Download Transcript: [PDF] Episode 58...
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  • Episode 57: “Do You Want a Degree with Those Fries?” Education as an Employee Benefit
    About Episode 57: Tuition reimbursement programs have been around for many years. In this episode, though, join hosts Tom and Kelvin as they uncover how modern education as an employee benefit programs align with the aspirations of online higher education.  Podcast Recording Download Transcript: [PDF] Episode 57 Show Notes: Episode Synopsis via Twitter View complete list of episode highlights via Twitter Coffee Links Redeye Coffee Roasters Content...
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  • Episode 56: “The Last Mile:” Getting STEM Online
    About Episode 56: Many of us in online education have struggled to implement online course design in STEM disciplines. In this episode, hosts Thomas Cavanagh and Kelvin Thompson discuss reasons for this disconnect and how we might work together to innovate and cross the chasm to benefit students. Podcast Recording Download Transcript: [PDF] Episode...
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  • Episode 55: A Journey from Faculty Member to Digital Learning Leader
    About Episode 55: In this episode, Tom and Kelvin are joined by Dr. Susan Wegmann as she shares her experience of transitioning from teaching online to leading digital learning for an entire institution. Listeners are encouraged to reflect upon the lessons learned from their own journeys. Podcast Recording Download Transcript: [PDF] Episode 55 Show...
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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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  • RIA# 185: Dr. Mary Ellen Dello Stritto and Dr. Kathleen Preston on Item Response Theory
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    Dr. Kathleen Preston On this episode, Dr. Mary Ellen Dello Stritto is joined by Dr. Kathleen Preston, an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at California State University, Fullerton. Dr. Preston teaches several statistics courses including introductory, advanced, and multivariate statistics, as well as psychometrics, and structural equation modeling. She...
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  • RIA #184: Dr. David Connor on Disability Studies
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    Dr. David Connor On this episode, Katie is joined by Dr. David J. Connor, a Professor Emeritus of Hunter College (Learning Disabilities Program) and the Graduate Center (Urban Education Program) of the City University of New York. He has taught in New York City for over thirty years, from high schoolers...
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  • RIA # 183: Dr. Ron Mize on Researching the Immigrant Experience
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    Dr. Ron Mize On this episode, Katie is joined by Dr. Ron Mize, an Associate Professor in the School of Language, Culture, and Society.  He previously taught International Relations, Sociology, Latino Studies, and Ethnic Studies at ITAM (Mexico City), Humboldt State University, Cornell University, University of Saint Francis-Fort Wayne, California State University-San...
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  • RIA # 182: Dr. Katie Linder with a Fond Farewell
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    Dr. Katie Linder On this episode, Katie offers a fond farewell as she transitions out of her role at Oregon State Ecampus and as the host of the “Research in Action” podcast. Transcript (.docx) Show Notes Katie’s LinkedIn profile To share feedback about this podcast episode, ask questions that could be featured in a future...
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  • December 2019 Preview Clips
    Take a listen to our December 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 # 181: Dr. Julie Park on Researching Race, Diversity, and Equity in Higher Education
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    On this episode, Katie is joined by Dr. Julie J. Park, an Associate Professor of Education at the University of Maryland, College Park. Her research addresses how race, religion, and social class affect diversity and equity in higher education, including the diverse experiences of Asian American college students. Her new book...
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  • RIA # 180: Dr. Mary Ellen Dello Stritto and Dane Skinner on Forecasting and Data Dashboards
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    Dane Skinner On this episode, Mary Ellen is joined by Dane Skinner, a Research Analyst for Ecampus at Oregon State University. Prior to this position, Dane worked as a Data Scientist for the Oregon State Lottery. He completed his Masters in Math and Masters in Statistics at Oregon State University in...
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  • RIA # 179: Dr. Natalie Pope on Researching Young Caregivers
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    Dr. Natalie Pope On this episode, Katie is joined by Dr. Natalie Pope, the Otis Endowed Professor in Gerontology & Intergenerational Social Work and Director of Doctoral programs in the College of Social Work at the University of Kentucky. In 2010 Dr. Pope received her Ph.D. in Social Work at the...
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  • RIA # 178: Dr. Qwo-Li Driskill on Indigenous & Two-spirit Studies
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    Dr. Qwo-Li Driskill On this episode, Katie is joined by Qwo-Li Driskill, a (non-citizen) Cherokee Two-Spirit and Queer writer, activist, and performer also of African, Irish, Lenape, Lumbee, and Osage ascent. They are the author of Walking with Ghosts: Poems (Salt Publishing, 2005) and the co-editor of Sovereign Erotics: A Collection...
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  • November 2019 Preview Clips
    Take a listen to our November 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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  • Dave Eggers on Finding Creative Refuge From the ‘Lunacy’ of Technology
    Dave Eggers is best known for his best-selling books, including The Circle and A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius. But he's also an education advocate, having helped start a series of unusual writing centers around the country. For this week's podcast, we talked with Eggers about his thoughts on the...
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  • How ‘Dialogue’ Can Create Empathy in a Divided Classroom
    In many classrooms these days, student discussion can grow so heated that passion threatens to overwhelm productive conversation. And in today’s highly polarized atmosphere, when a comment taken out of context can go viral on social media, the consequences of an out-of-control conversation can be severe. But there’s another option....
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  • Why Talking About ‘Screen Time’ Is the Wrong Conversation
    Today we’re diving into this issue of screen time, with a guest who for years has tracked research about the impact of screen media on children and young people. She’s Lisa Guernsey, director of the Teaching, Learning, and Tech program at New America. She says she has a better...
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  • A Case For Educational Innovation Without ‘Disruption’
    There’s a budding field called the science of teaching and learning, where scholars are figuring out what works when it comes to educating students. But there’s a challenge -- of getting those findings to folks at the front of the classroom, you know, to make sure no one is reading...
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  • Students Today Are Learning All The Time. Can Schools Keep Up?
    Not so long ago, students did most of their learning at school, and maybe while doing homework or during trips to the museum. Now, learning—like the internet—is everywhere thanks to the ubiquity of smartphones and chromebooks. Julie Evans, the CEO of education nonprofit Project Tomorrow, spends a lot of time...
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  • How Stretching to Pay for College Is Altering Middle Class Life
    In an usual study on student debt, NYU anthropologist Caitlin Zaloom sat down with more than 160 people—students and parents—and got them to open up their financial books and talk about the toll of paying for college. We talked with Zaloom about what surprised her most from her research, what...
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  • Can Teaching 'Hope' Revive Democracy?
    A new book argues that hope is something that can be taught, and that it is the key to countering today's heightened polarization and cynicism. We sat down with the author, Sarah Stitzlein, a professor of education at the University of Cincinnati, to hear how her own attempts to teach...
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  • When a Homecoming Video Raises Questions About Campus Diversity
    A two-minute video made by students at the University of Wisconsin at Madison was meant to promote school spirit and campus unity during homecoming festivities a couple months ago. But some students had a very different reaction as they watched scene after scene of students working and playing around campus,...
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  • Encore Episode: How Far Parents Will Go to Save on College
    Parents are giving up custody of their kids to get need-based college financial aid. That was a headline in August 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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  • Teaching Students How to Live a Good Life
    When people think of education, they often picture content knowledge in subjects like reading, writing or arithmetic. But there’s a growing interest in bigger questions—like whether schools, colleges or job-training programs teach the social and emotional skills people need to make it in today’s complex world. For our final podcast...
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  • Dave Eggers on Finding Creative Refuge From the ‘Lunacy’ of Technology
    Dave Eggers is best known for his best-selling books, including The Circle and A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius. But he's also an education advocate, having helped start a series of unusual writing centers around the country. For this week's podcast, we talked with Eggers about his thoughts on the...
    Read more »
  • How ‘Dialogue’ Can Create Empathy in a Divided Classroom
    In many classrooms these days, student discussion can grow so heated that passion threatens to overwhelm productive conversation. And in today’s highly polarized atmosphere, when a comment taken out of context can go viral on social media, the consequences of an out-of-control conversation can be severe. But there’s another option....
    Read more »
  • RIA# 185: Dr. Mary Ellen Dello Stritto and Dr. Kathleen Preston on Item Response Theory
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    Dr. Kathleen Preston On this episode, Dr. Mary Ellen Dello Stritto is joined by Dr. Kathleen Preston, an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at California State University, Fullerton. Dr. Preston teaches several statistics courses including introductory, advanced, and multivariate statistics, as well as psychometrics, and structural equation modeling. She...
    Read more »
  • Episode 60: Growing [As] Leaders in Our Online Learning Field
    About Episode 60: Dr. Kelvin Bentley joins co-hosts Kelvin Thompson and Tom Cavanagh to discuss how our field and its leaders are growing in strategic importance. The value of strengthening personal and organizational networks is emphasized. Podcast Recording Download Transcript: [PDF] Episode 60 Show Notes: Episode Synopsis via Twitter View complete list of episode highlights via...
    Read more »
  • Why Talking About ‘Screen Time’ Is the Wrong Conversation
    Today we’re diving into this issue of screen time, with a guest who for years has tracked research about the impact of screen media on children and young people. She’s Lisa Guernsey, director of the Teaching, Learning, and Tech program at New America. She says she has a better...
    Read more »
  • A Case For Educational Innovation Without ‘Disruption’
    There’s a budding field called the science of teaching and learning, where scholars are figuring out what works when it comes to educating students. But there’s a challenge -- of getting those findings to folks at the front of the classroom, you know, to make sure no one is reading...
    Read more »
  • RIA #184: Dr. David Connor on Disability Studies
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    Dr. David Connor On this episode, Katie is joined by Dr. David J. Connor, a Professor Emeritus of Hunter College (Learning Disabilities Program) and the Graduate Center (Urban Education Program) of the City University of New York. He has taught in New York City for over thirty years, from high schoolers...
    Read more »
  • Episode 59: Online Faculty Development
    About Episode 59: Tom and Kelvin devote an entire episode to one of the pillars of successful online education programs: the preparation of faculty for online course design and teaching. Varieties of faculty development approaches are discussed. Podcast Recording Download Transcript: [PDF] Episode 59 Show Notes: Episode Synopsis via Twitter View complete list of episode highlights...
    Read more »
  • Students Today Are Learning All The Time. Can Schools Keep Up?
    Not so long ago, students did most of their learning at school, and maybe while doing homework or during trips to the museum. Now, learning—like the internet—is everywhere thanks to the ubiquity of smartphones and chromebooks. Julie Evans, the CEO of education nonprofit Project Tomorrow, spends a lot of time...
    Read more »
  • How Stretching to Pay for College Is Altering Middle Class Life
    In an usual study on student debt, NYU anthropologist Caitlin Zaloom sat down with more than 160 people—students and parents—and got them to open up their financial books and talk about the toll of paying for college. We talked with Zaloom about what surprised her most from her research, what...
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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)