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

  • POT Diigo group
    (see tutorial on how to save bookmarks)
  • POT Facebook group
  • POT Vimeo Channel (workshops)
  • POT YouTube Channel
  • Twittter (please use hashtag #potcomm)

How to embed a YouTube video in a Moodle forum
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by Lisa M Lane

POT Newsletter #32 (April 2011)
POT Newsletter #32 (April 2011) avatar

Program for Online Teaching Newsletter #32

April 2011


Last First Friday for spring is May 6


1:30-2:20 Workshop: Redesigning Your Class (with Jim Sullivan)
Oceanside 4607 or Online: Elluminate link
You’ve taught the class once, or more than once, and it’s time to redesign. Come discuss how to respond to what’s been working and not working, select elements suitable for redesign, and bring your class up to date.

2:45-3:35: f2f Face-To-Face Get-Together about Online Teaching: Online Class Design (with David Detwiler)
This workshop is immediately after the first Friday workshop about redesigning your online class.  The face-to-face setting may provide an opportunity to continue the discussion about course design or go into different interests that are brought up by the instructors in attendance.  Instructors who are new to online teaching can have a forum to ask questions or share thoughts. Instructors with more experience may have an opportunity to mentor faculty who are new to online teaching. Please bring a snack, questions, and ideas. Faculty will benefit from this workshop by learning tips to improve instruction. Students will potentially benefit as participants may be able to create new learning experiences for them based upon what is discussed in the workshop. David will start the conversation with a short demo of Voki, a fun way to communicate with students.​

POT Certificate Class starts September 1


Would you like to earn a POT Online Teaching Certificate? The next cohort begins September 1.


The Certificate has been streamlined, and now consists of a single Certificate Class, taken for two semesters, for 12 weeks in each semester. No more workshops, on campus attendance, or OT number designations required — just two semesters of online learning, reading, playing and community.

Weekly tasks include textbook and article readings, experimenting with online tools, and posting to the blog.

Don’t want the full class but want to learn on your own? Join us for any portion of the class at any time! The Certificate Class is being offered as an open course, available to all.

The class is free, and is taught by POT facilitators. See the POT Certificate page for details.


Fall Flex Week: POT day is Tuesday, August 16

We have planned independent POT workshops but all on one day, Tuesday August 16, Lab 4607. Sign ups will be available soon at the flex website.

9:00-10:50 Robert Kelley: Jing – Show Your Online Students What You Are Talking About

Jing makes integrating video into your online class a breeze – whether it is for sharing mini-lecturettes, replies to students, demos, or providing students with feedback on their assignments/quizzes. During the first hour, we’ll focus on learning the basics of Jing. In the following half hour, we’ll focus on using Jing to provide your students with a tour or introduction to your class, website, or learning unit. In the last half hour, we’ll explore where to upload your videos. Instructional improvement.
11-11:50 Jim Sullivan: Catch the Wave: Explore MiraCosta’s Professional Development Resources for Online Educators

From the Program for Online Teaching’s home page to MiraCosta’s blackboard training workshops and Pedagogy First–a blog where MiraCosta faculty share tools and reflect on their online teaching–MiraCosta has a strong and ever-growing set of resources for faculty interested in developing their online teaching skils while earning FLEX credit. This workshop will introduce you to those resources and give you some time to explore them.
12:00-12:50 f2f Brown Bag Lunch for Online Teaching with Julie Vignato

This workshop is the place to come with questions regarding online teaching.  We can talk about basic online teaching, review a current online course, or discuss items from the current online flex workshops. Come for a fun chat!


1:30-2:20 Laura Paciorek and Andrea Petri: A New Wardrobe for Blackboard: Technical Basics of Instructional Design

Workshop participants will learn some beginning strategies for instructional design using Blackboard.  Course examples will be shown during this workshop that will also include a demonstration of how to design content including creating tables, inserting images, and linking.  Basic suggestions for learning module layout and content will be provided with an emphasis on instructor preferences.  This workshop focuses on student and instructional improvement since the ideas will help faculty create better instructional experiences from which students may benefit.
1:30-3:30 SECOND LIFE workshop (OC 4610) with Randall Cornish and Carolyn O’Barr

Second Life is an animated 3D virtual world where your instructor avatar can teach via the Internet using the free Second Life software program. Class can be conducted in real time in this virtual environment, and include video, slideshows, and voice discussion.
2:30-3:20 Robert Kelley and Laura Paciorek: Drop-In Work Session for Online Teaching

Facilitators Robert Kelley and Laura Paciorek will be available to work with faculty who are creating or updating their online courses (or online materials for an on campus course). Participation is limited to 6 attendees only.

Coming for Fall First Fridays


POT continues with Simul-learn sessions at OC 4607 and in Elluminate the first Friday of every month in Fall.


Tentative topics are:

2 Sept: More Than a Passing Fancy: How Blogs Are Enriching Online Teaching and Learning with Jim Sullivan
7 Oct: Something Cool and Wimba-ish with Sue Simpson
4 Nov: Giving Students the Bird: Using Twitter in the Classroom with Eric Robertson
2 Dec: iPad Apps for MiraCostans 1.0 with Sam Arenivar


Workshops meet in OC4607 from 2:00-2:50, with a f2f Face-to-Face Get Together in OC T413 from 3:00-3:50 on a related topic.


Happy online, hybrid, and technology-enhanced teaching,




Archived sessions 2008-10
Archived sessions 2008-10 avatar

Recent recordings are posted on the Get Flex Credit page!

These are archives from before 2009:

These sessions were synchronous workshops in Elluminate: (2009-10)

Third Thursdays: sessions on various topics

  • 21 May 2009: This month we’ll feature samples of giving discussion feedback to students (Laura Paciorek and Lisa M. Lane), uploading/annotating/posting your YouTube video (Donna Marques), and using Ning for classes (Jim Sullivan).
  • 16 April 2009: Come join us for Robert Kelley showing how to use Jing to easily integrate video into online instruction, and an introduction by Lisa to the new webapp BubblePLY
  • 19 March 2009: Join us  for Shirley Olsen demonstrating oral-based assessment with video, and update on the POT site, and more.
  • 19 February 2009: Come join us for a video to encourage departmental participation, an intro to CamStudio (a free substitution for Camtasia), and other web news.
  • 15 January 2009: Join us for open discussion and new tools Google talkback badge, Seesmic, Stinto and more.
  • 18 December 2008: Join us for a discussion including Blackboard surveys, Creative Commons, and getting the grading done.
  • 20 November 2008: Topics this month are student signups and groups in Blackboard (Pilar), wikis (Donna), and annotated images in Flickr (Lisa).
  • 16 October 2008: This meeting had Jill Malone with quick ways to make audio notes for students using Audacity (example loaded into Blackboard), pdfs for multimedia with Robert Kelley, and Lisa about Twitter for professional development.
  • 18 September 2008: We met from 8:30-9:30 pm, but the recording was only turned on at the half-way point. 🙁 This was Jim Sullivan about blogs, and Lisa on Del.icio.us.
  • 21 August 2008: Topics: Online Teaching Certificate, MOOC Connectivism Class, Elluminate for class or office hours.

Podcasts: audio from sessions:

Audio from Jill Malone’s August 2008 workshop, “Creating and Using Digital Images for the Web“.

Audio from David Megill, Jeff Uhlik and Lisa M Lane’s August 2008 workshop, “Pedagogy and Current Technologies Brainstorm“.