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22st Annual OLC International Conference
November 16-18, 2016 | Orlando, Florida | Walt Disney World Swan/Dolphin Resort

OLC Innovate 2016 - Innovations in Blended and Online Learning
April 20-22, 2016 | New Orleans, LA | Sheraton New Orleans Hotel

Join in Live with TOPcast! A Podcast for Leaders in Online/Blended Learning

Kelvin Thompson (University of Central Florida, USA)
Thomas Cavanagh (University of Central Florida, USA)
Karen Pedersen (Online Learning Consortium, USA)
Session Information
October 15, 2015 - 1:30pm
Leadership, Values and Society
Major Emphasis of Presentation: 
Practical Application
Institutional Level: 
Multiple Levels
Audience Level: 
Session Type: 
Information Session
Southern Hemisphere III
Session Duration: 
45 Minutes
Concurrent Session 7
Virtual Session

Join in for a "recorded live" episode of TOPcast, a podcast for leaders in online/blended learning.

Extended Abstract

During the past year OLC has promoted a new podcast for online/blended learning professionals, TOPcast: The Teaching Online Podcast co-hosted by Tom Cavanagh and Kelvin Thompson from UCF's Center for Distributed Learning. During this session, TOPcast will be introduced by OLC's Chief Knowledge Management Officer, Karen Pedersen, and then session participants will join in with a "recorded live" episode based upon crowd-sourced topics suggested by leaders in our professional community. (To suggest a topic NOW for this session, please visit: http://bit.ly/vote_TOPcastLive.) Following the recording, session participants will have the opportunity to dialogue with the OLC and UCF presenters about the episode and about the future of TOPcast and its place within our community as a venue for generating dialogue. (TOPcast episodes are available on the OLC website or by searching iTunes. The OLC website contains content resources associated with each episode as well as interaction opportunities for each topic.)

I. Introduction to TOPcast (10-15 minutes)
A. Why a podcast?
B. Why an OLC/UCF partnership?
C. How does TOPcast work?
D. How will our "recorded live" session work today?
II. Live Recording of TOPcast on Crowdsourced Topic (20 minutes)
III. Q&A with OLC and UCF Presenters (10-15 minutes)

Lead Presenter

Dr. Kelvin Thompson serves as an associate director for UCFÕs Center for Distributed Learning (http://cdl.ucf.edu) and a graduate faculty scholar within UCFÕs College of Education, and he has collaborated in the design of hundreds of online and blended courses over the past seventeen years. Kelvin developed the BlendKit Course open courseware (http://bit.ly/blendkit) as part of UCFÕs Blended Learning Toolkit. His personal research interests center around how interaction affects learner engagement, and information on his Online Course Criticism qualitative evaluation model for facilitating the scholarship of teaching and learning in online and blended environments is available online (http://onlinecoursecriticism.com). Kelvin holds an EdD in curriculum and instruction and an MA in instructional systems technology from UCF and a Bachelor of Music Education degree from The Florida State University.