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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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  • Episode 42: Designing for Synchronous Online Learning
    About Episode 42: While “traditional” online education relies on asynchronous experiences, there are specific contexts in which synchronous online learning is best for students. In this episode, hosts Tom and Kelvin discuss how and when to make the most of real time options. Podcast Recording Download Transcript: [PDF, RTF] Episode 42 Show Notes: Episode Synopsis...
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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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  • RIA # 160: Dr. Mary Ellen Dello Stritto and Dr. Stephen Jenkins on Academic Advising Online
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    Stephen Jenkins On this episode, guest host Dr. Mary Ellen Dello Stritto, is joined by Stephen Jenkins. Stephen is the Interim Executive Director of University Housing and Dining Services at Oregon State University. He has 18 years of experience in higher education student affairs at several institutions. Stephen recently completed his Doctorate...
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  • RIA # 159: Dr. Reeves Shulstad on Biographical Research
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    Dr. Reeves Shulstad On this episode, Katie is joined by Dr. Reeves Shulstad, an Associate Professor in the Hayes School of Music at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. She is a musicologist and is currently working on a book about microtonalist composer and early music performer Tui St. George Tucker. She...
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  • RIA # 158: Dr. Steven Camicia on Democratic Education
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    Dr. Steven Camicia On this episode, Katie is joined by Dr. Steven Camicia, an associate professor of social studies education at Utah State University. His research focuses on curriculum and instruction in the areas of perspective consciousness and social justice as they relate to critical democratic education. The term “critical” modifies...
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  • RIA # 157: Dr. Liz Gross and Amber Sandall on Social Listening
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    Dr. Liz Gross On this episode, Katie is joined by two guests: Dr. Liz Gross is a data-driven researcher and scholar who specializes in creating entrepreneurial social media strategies in higher education. Her professional super power is to embolden colleges and universities and help them launch modern market research strategies using social...
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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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  • What It’s Like Navigating the Strictest Student Privacy Law in the Country
    In Louisiana, educators have to worry about privacy when it comes to technology. The state has perhaps the most restrictive data-privacy law in the country when it comes to education, where violators can be punished by up to six months in prison or $10,000 in fines. EdSurge sat down with...
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  • Can Work Be Dignified in an Automated World?
    “Someone should create a Center for Social Solutions, identify a handful of challenges and try to work on them over the next decade.” That directive guided professor, historian and author Earl Lewis to start just such a center at the University of Michigan. EdSurge sat down with Lewis to talk...
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  • Transgender Students Are Still at Risk, But Schools Can Help
    At a time when more than 7 in 10 transgender students face bullying or harassment over their gender identity, some advocates are trying to buck the troubling trend and create more inclusive environments for students. Advocates Becca Mui and Vanessa Ford share their thoughts on gender-neutral bathrooms, tackling bullying and...
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  • Bonus Episode: No Difference Between Public and For-Profit Higher Ed?
    "I no longer think there's a huge difference between for-profit and public higher education," Tweeted George Siemens, a professor at the University of Texas at Arlington and a longtime observer of tech in higher education. "Sit in enough faculty meetings, meet with enough leadership, and it becomes clear that it's...
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  • Inside a Student’s Hunt for His Own Learning Data
    It's hard for students, professors or even journalists to get a glimpse of just how much data colleges collect on students these days as they go about their coursework. That didn’t stop Bryan Short, who was a student at the University of British Columbia in 2016 when he got curious...
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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...
    Read more »
  • 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...
    Read more »
  • 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)...
    Read more »
  • 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...
    Read more »
  • 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...
    Read more »
  • 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...
    Read more »
  • 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...
    Read more »
  • 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...
    Read more »
  • What It’s Like Navigating the Strictest Student Privacy Law in the Country
    In Louisiana, educators have to worry about privacy when it comes to technology. The state has perhaps the most restrictive data-privacy law in the country when it comes to education, where violators can be punished by up to six months in prison or $10,000 in fines. EdSurge sat down with...
    Read more »
  • 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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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)