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13 - Kenny Tapp, Online Professor

ECCN PodcastAug 16, 2021

13 - Kenny Tapp, Online Professor

13 - Kenny Tapp, Online Professor

Ten years ago, 77% of college students in the U.S. took at least some classes online. But among students that took online classes, only 39% said they offer the same educational value as in-person classes, according to Pew Research. Over the past year, those attitudes have changed. 60% of students and faculty in the U.S. are more optimistic about online learning. And 3 out of 4 students would consider fully-online courses in the future, according to a large survey reported by Inside Higher Ed in April.

As college classes across the US are beginning the fall semester, the demand for online classes only seems to go up, and with it the demand for instructors that can teach online. But what is it like to be an online professor, and how to prepare for this career path? I spoke with Kenny Tapp, who has been teaching meteorology, physical geography, and astronomy, on campus, and for over a decade online — first part-time, and then full-time — at a number of colleges in the U.S.


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09 - Dilshanie Perera, postdoc in climate and inequality at the NYC Climate Museum

We’ve all visited museums. We know what art museums and history museums look like. But what does a museum look like that focuses on climate and climate change? What exactly does it do, and who works there? To answer these questions, we chatted with Dr. Dilshanie Perera, who in September joined the New York City Climate Museum as postdoctoral fellow in climate and inequality.
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Climate Museum UK (London, UK):
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06 - Hailey Wilmer, USDA rangeland social scientist

06 - Hailey Wilmer, USDA rangeland social scientist

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03 - Jeff Martin, Texas A&M University bison ecologist

03 - Jeff Martin, Texas A&M University bison ecologist

On today’s episode we talk to bison rancher turned bison researcher, Jeff Martin, a doctoral candidate* in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences at Texas A&M University. His research explores how bison in North America are affected by climate change. Find out more about Jeff at and He recently gave a lecture about his research at the Mammoth Site in South Dakota. You can watch it here: *Update (May 12, 2020): Jeff passed his doctoral defense. Congratulations, Dr. Martin! You can watch his defense presentation at
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02 - Sarah McAnulty, executive director of Skype A Scientist

02 - Sarah McAnulty, executive director of Skype A Scientist

We talked to Dr. Sarah McAnulty, a squid biologist at the University of Connecticut and the Executive Director of Skype A Scientist, an organization that connects scientists and classrooms around the world through video chat. We wanted to know what her motivation was to start this organization while also working on her dissertation, how it works, and why scientists should participate. Hosted by Dr. Toni Klemm, with tech support from the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management at Texas A&M University. Sign up as a teacher or scientist on Donate at Find Sarah on Twitter at And follow Skype A Scientist at
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