Kelvin Thompson, Ed.D.



Kelvin Thompson, Ed.D.

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About Me

The Quick/Informal Stuff

I try to make online and blended learning even better a little bit every day. Usually with coffee in-hand. Often while connected to Twitter where I’m @kthompso and LinkedIn where I’m drkelvinthompson. Sometimes while co-hosting TOPcast: The Teaching Online Podcast. (Feel free to reach out and connect!)


The Formal Stuff

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 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 in UCF’s College of Education & Human Performance. Dr. Thompson has collaborated on the design of hundreds of online and blended courses over the past eighteen years, and he oversees CDL’s strategic initiatives, including accessibility activities. Kelvin developed the BlendKit Course open courseware ( as part of UCF’s Blended Learning Toolkit, and he also co-hosts TOPcast: The Teaching Online Podcast available on iTunes and at 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 ( 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.