Each year, ELI conducts a survey to identify the technologies and developments that the teaching and learning community finds most important for higher education.
A popular speaker and facilitator, Dr. Kelvin Thompson regularly addresses groups throughout the US on topics related to online/blended learning and educational technology while he serves as Vice Provost for Online Strategy and Teaching Innovation at the University of Louisville (UofL) with a faculty appointment in UofL’s College of Education & Human Development. Dr. Thompson has collaborated on the design of hundreds of online and blended courses over the past 25 years and is active in the online education community. Kelvin developed the BlendKit Course open courseware (http://bit.ly/blendkit) as part of UCF’s Blended Learning Toolkit, and he also co-hosts TOPcast: The Teaching Online Podcast available on Apple Podcasts and at http://topcast.online.ucf.edu. Thompson is engaged with the higher education professional development community, has held leadership roles within the work of EDUCAUSE, the Online Learning Consortium, and WCET, and he is a co-editor of the forthcoming SAGE Handbook of Online Higher Education. 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). Thompson is a graduate of the "Breakthrough Models Academy" (2014), and in 2020 he was selected as a Fellow of the Online Learning Consortium. Kelvin Thompson 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. Curriculum vitae is available online at http://ofcoursesonline.com/kelvincv.
The "7 Things You Should Know About..." series from the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) provides concise information on emerging learning technologies.