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Course Stories, Season 4 , Episode 3:Live from OLC Innovate: The Power of Podcasting in Higher Ed

OLC Online Learning Consortium

We’re thrilled to bring you a special episode of Course Stories recorded live from the heart of the Online Learning Consortium Innovate Conference (OLC). Our dynamic duo, Mary Loder and Ricardo Leon, took to the conference floor to dive deep into the world of podcasting and its transformative role in higher education.

The world of higher education is ever-evolving, and one of the mediums making waves in this dynamic landscape is podcasting. At the recent OLC Innovate Conference, a premier gathering for online learning professionals, our very own Mary Loder and Ricardo Leon took center stage to delve into this burgeoning trend, presenting an exciting and engaging session at OLC. They were able to share a behind-the-scenes look at how we produce and curate stories for the Course Stories podcast, discuss the challenges of recording, and share some tips for future podcasters out there. With the help of Tim McKean, Mary and Ricardo were able to chat with a number of attendees to hear their experiences and get their insight and advice for podcast newbies.

In this Episode:

Tim McKean

Arizona State University, Manager of Instructional Design 

Tim is the Manager of Online Learning for the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, at Arizona State University.  He has previously worked as an instructional designer, professor of education technology, and taught technology and instrumental music courses (separately) at the middle school and high school levels.  Tim has a passion for effective instructional media and creates teacher tutorials on Youtube as well as works as a freelance audiobook narrator.

Fred Telegdy

University of Virginia Darden School of Business, Senior Instructional Designer

Fred is a Senior Instructional Designer for the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia. With more than 20 years of experience working as a multimedia developer and instructional designer, he collaborates with world-renowned faculty and staff to develop learning experiences for the school’s degree programs, executive courses, and public offerings. Fred holds a Master’s degree in Instructional Technology from the University of Virginia and a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Design from Auburn University.

Christy Aceves

Boise State University, Instructional Design Consultant 


Christy is an Instructional Design Consultant (IDC) working at Boise State University in the eCampus department located in the Extended Studies College. With a 20-year background in corporate training, instructional design, and project management, Christy has had the unique opportunity to apply her wealth of experience to the academic world. Her primary role as an IDC is assisting faculty in the design and development of their online courses. During her six years at Boise State, she has assisted approximately 70 faculty in designing and developing a diverse array of online courses ranging from Genetic Counseling to Cyber Security.

Claire Wilkison

McLennan Community College, Instructional Designer  


Claire Wilkison is an instructional designer at McLennan Community College. She is an experienced educator of higher education and K-12. Wilkison and her Instructional Design team at McLennan Community College have a podcast, MAC Talks – Instructional Design Podcast. 


Cris Emberton

University of Tennessee Knoxville, Instructional Designer

Cris is an Instructional Designer and Interactive Learning Manager at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. She supports instructors with course design and manages the development of interactive activities included in online courses. Previous to her position with Online Learning, she held a position in Family and Consumer Sciences, UTIA as an eLearning Developer. She received her BFA from the Savannah College of Art & Design majoring in video/film. She completed an M.Ed in Educational Technology from The University of Arkansas.

Stephanie Ferguson

Trent University, Canada, eLearning Designer

Stephanie is an eLearning Designer at Trent University who is passionate about creating high-quality, engaging online learning experiences. She has an extensive background in designing both synchronous and asynchronous courses for remote Indigenous communities, adult literacy learners, and students in higher education. She is a strong advocate for humanizing the online learning experience through the use of educational technology that allows people to connect and collaborate in meaningful ways.

Jason Johnson

University of Tennessee Knoxville, Executive Director of Online Learning & Course Production 

Jason is the Executive Director of Online Learning & Course Production at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where he leads professional and course development for online programs. Previously, he was the Director of Teaching & Learning in the College of Social Work at the University of Kentucky where he oversaw the launching of three online degree programs in three years. Jason’s research, writing, and presentations aim to encourage humanity and equity as part of successful online program leadership. Jason earned a Master of Divinity, a Master of Education in Educational Technology, and a PhD in Education (Educational Leadership) with a focus on online program leadership. Jason also co-hosts a podcast focused on online learning as we enter the second half. Co-creator and co-host of Online Learning in the Second Half

Your Hosts

Ricardo Leon smiling
Ricardo Leon is a Media Developer for EdPlus and is a co-creator and co-host of Course Stories. He has developed a number of other podcasts and various other forms of instructional media. In 2021, Ricardo was on a team that received The President’s Award, which formally recognizes successful solutions in innovation, for his work on the Study Hall project with Crash Course.
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Mary Loder is an instructional designer at EdPlus and is the Online Learning Manager - Professional Development and Training on the Instructional Design and New Media team at EdPlus. She is also the co-creator and co-host for Course Stories, a podcast highlighting and showcasing the talents of our faculty and staff at ASU.

Your Producer

Elizabeth Blythe-Lee, a Senior Instructional Designer at ASU Online - EdPlus, is the creative force behind Course Stories. An ASU alumna with a BA in English Literature and a Masters of Education from NAU, Elizabeth has been a part of the ASU community since 2009. Her expertise in crafting accessible online courses is enhanced by her passion for storytelling and a unique flair for adding a touch of Disney magic to her work. A history and literature enthusiast, Elizabeth's background in writing shines through in every course narrative, making learning an enchanting journey.

Resources from this Episode

Collaborative Approach_ Session Questions and IdeasAdditional Links for your enjoyment and exploration into a deeper understanding of this Course Story.

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Online Learning In the Second Half Podcast 

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