We are the Program for Online Teaching, a group of volunteer faculty helping other faculty teach better online.

Our focus is on pedagogy as the guiding force for using technologies for teaching.

Many of us are from MiraCosta College in Oceanside, California. MiraCostans may access the Teaching/Technology Innovations Center for technical help, resources, news and more.

The POT Network

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  • POT YouTube Channel
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POT Newsletter #29 (January 2011)

Program for Online Teaching Newsletter #29

January 2011

First Friday workshops start next week

Every First Friday of the month features a simul-learn session in OC 4607 / Elluminate online, followed by a face-to-face meet-up, also in 4607. Register for all at the flex site. See the POT website for links to Elluminate if you’re attending online.

Friday, February 4
1:30-2:20 Workshop: Blackboard Wiki vs. External Wikis (with Donna Marques)
2:45-3:35 f2f Face-To-Face Get-Together about Online Teaching: Stories and Support (with Laura Paciorek)

Friday, March 4
1:30-2:20 Workshop: Strategies for Groups (with Claudia Faulk)
2:45-3:35 f2f Face-To-Face Get-Together about Online Teaching: Connections (with Laura Paciorek)

Friday, April 1
1:30-2:20 Workshop: Google Forms (with Barbara McPherson)
2:45-3:35 f2f Face-To-Face Get-Together about Online Teaching: Experiences with Tools (with Laura Paciorek)

Friday, May 6
1:30-2:20 Workshop: Redesigning Your Class (with Jim Sullivan)
2:45-3:35 f2f Face-To-Face Get-Together about Online Teaching: Online Class Design (with Laura Paciorek)

New workshops next week: Teaching & Tools: Jing, Crocodoc, & Google Docs

Limited to five participants only, these TIC workshops will be led by Robert Kelley four times:

Workshop Description: “Come join us for an hour packed ‘hands on’ lab, where we will experience using Jing, Crocodoc, and Google Docs for online teaching.  With Jing, anything you have on your screen (e.g., class lecture, website, student work) you can record, narrate, and share with your students.  Crocodoc is excellent for peer review and instructor feedback of written work.  Google Docs enable students to collaborate on a written document or presentation.  We’ll focus on how to use these tools to improve instructor-student contact, class interaction and collaboration, instruction, and provide feedback.  Each workshop is limited to five participants and tailored to the needs/interests of the attendees.”

Wednesday (2/2) at 11am and 1pm
Thursday (2/3) at 9:30am and 11am
Register for one now at the flex site.


It is now even easier to find the resources you need at the POT website. Check out the Cool Tools page for ways to make your class activities more engaging for students.

In SURF, the word “Online” in your class listing now links to Distance Education page, where students can find information about their class. The default is just a list of your SLOs. Is that what you want, or do you have more to tell them? Change your information by going here.

Moodlers (and those using blogs, wikis, etc for your classes):
Here’s a quick tutorial on how to point your Bb9 course out to Moodle or elsewhere: http://is.gd/kuRQY

Open courses

Open online classes are becoming more popular, as faculty offer their materials and lectures for free (such as MIT, Berkeley and Harvard). Open courses are also offered by individual instructors, while others offer the materials and even participation (but no assessment or credits) to outside participants for traditional classes. This semester:

• Participate in a full course on Connectivism (CCK11) that started Jan 17 at http://cck11.mooc.ca/index.html
• Create cool multimedia for University of Mary Washington’s Digital Storytellling class (ds106), which started Jan 10 http://ds106.us/about/
• You can join Lisa’s Western Civilization history class by keeping up with readings, viewing recorded lectures, and participating in group discussion, at http://lisahistory.net/wphist104/

Beginners Workshop a big success

23 faculty, both full-time and associate, attended POT’s “Where the Hell Do I Start?” Beginners Workshop on January 20. You can see how it went by viewing our 4-minute movie at the POT website.

Join the community at the Pedagogy First! blog

This semester, participants earning a POT Online Teaching Certificate (Cohort #3) will be reading  Teaching Online: A Practical Guide (3rd edition) and a series of current articles, and blogging responses and critiques at the Pedagogy First! blog. Join us by reading along or commenting and contributing to the discussion.
The next cohort for the certificate begins next September.

Happy online (and on-site and hybrid and technology-enhanced) teaching!


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