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RIA #32: Dr. Tom Cavanagh & Dr. Kelvin Thompson on Keeping up with Reading


On this episode, Katie is joined by two guests, Tom Cavanagh and Kelvin Thompson.

Dr. Tom Cavanagh

Dr. Tom Cavanagh

Dr. Tom Cavanagh is Associate Vice President of Distributed Learning at the University of Central Florida (UCF). In this role he oversees the distance learning strategy, policies, and practices of the nation’s second-largest university, including program and course design, development, and assessment. In his career, Tom has administered e-learning development for both academic (public and private) and industrial (Fortune 500, government/military) audiences. A regular presenter at academic and industry conferences, he is an award-winning instructional designer, program manager, faculty member, and administrator. In 2014 he was named an Online Learning Consortium Fellow. Tom’s research interests include e-learning, technical communication, and the societal influence of technology on education, training, culture, and commerce. He is also an award-winning author of several mystery novels and a co-host of Topcast: The Teaching Online Podcast.

Dr. Kelvin Thompson

Dr. Kelvin Thompson

Dr. Kelvin Thompson serves as the Director of Online Design & Development Strategy for the University of Central Florida’s (UCF) Center for Distributed Learning with a faculty appointment as a graduate faculty scholar within UCF’s College of Education & Human Performance. He has collaborated on the design of hundreds of online and blended courses over the past eighteen years. Dr. Thompson oversees CDL’s strategic initiatives, including accessibility activities, and he developed the BlendKit Course open courseware as part of UCF’s Blended Learning Toolkit. His personal research interests center on how interaction affects learner engagement. Kelvin regularly addresses groups throughout the US on topics related to online/blended learning and educational technology and he also co-hosts TOPcast: The Teaching Online Podcast available on iTunes. Kelvin holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from The Florida State University, and an MA in instructional systems technology and an Ed.D in curriculum and instruction from the University of Central Florida.

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Show Notes

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Segment 1: Why is Reading Research Important? [00:00-11:31]

In this first segment, Tom and Kelvin describe why keeping up with the research in their field is a priority.

In this segment, the following resources are mentioned:

Segment 2: How Are We Finding Things to Read & Organizing It? [11:32-22:09]

In segment two, Kelvin and Tom share how they find and collect the items that are on their to-read piles.

In this segment, the following resources are mentioned:

Segment 3: Strategies for Finding Time to Read [22:10-34:24]

In segment three, Tom and Kelvin share some of their tactics for squeezing reading into busy schedules.

In this segment, the following resources are mentioned:

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