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)

Lisa’s Introduction to Moodle
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Screencast for students on why Moodle is being used for a class.

by Lisa M Lane

First Fridays for Spring 2011
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NEW! Recordings of all FF sessions now available!

Every First Friday of the month features a simulearn 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 our Simulearn Orientation.

Friday, February 4

1:30-2:20 Workshop: Blackboard Wiki vs. External Wikis (with Donna Marques)
4607 at Oceanside/ Here’s the (Elluminate recording)
A workshop discussing the implications of private vs. public spaces in online teaching.  Participants will explore Blackboard Wiki and PBWiki and create their own Wiki space. (OT400: Experiential)

2:45-3:35: f2f Face-To-Face Get-Together about Online Teaching: Stories and Support (with Laura Paciorek)
We would like to have an opportunity a few weeks after the “Beginners Workshop” on January 20 for instructors who are beginning the online teaching journey to meet with one another and more experienced online instructors.  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.

Friday, March 4

1:30-2:20 Workshop: Strategies for Groups (with Claudia Faulk)
(Elluminate recording)
Handout: Groups Chart [docx]
Simple strategies to maximize the potential in cooperative learning exercises that range from one class “period” to multi-week group projects. Use blackboard discussion board or google docs to track student progress. (OT100 Pedagogy)

2:45-3:35: f2f Face-To-Face Get-Together about Online Teaching: Connections (with Laura Paciorek)
This workshop is immediately after the first Friday workshop about group work in online classes.  The face-to-face setting may provide an opportunity to continue the discussion about group work 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.

Friday, April 1

1:30-2:20 Workshop: Google Forms (with Barbara McPherson)
Oceanside 4607 or Online: Elluminate recording (requires Blackboard log-in)
A hands-on workshop discussing and integrating Google.forms into your Blackboard course or as a standalone tool designed to capture student responses. Google.forms can be used as a simple survey or as an instrument designed to capture your students’ online class activities and homework assignments.  When using Google.forms all student responses are captured within one convenient spreadsheet. (OT200 Design Elements)

2:45-3:35: f2f Face-To-Face Get-Together about Online Teaching: Experiences with Tools (with Laura Paciorek)
This workshop is immediately after the first Friday workshop about Google Forms.  The face-to-face setting may provide an opportunity to continue the discussion about Google Forms and other online tools 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.

Friday, May 6

1:30-2:20 Workshop: Redesigning Your Class (with Jim Sullivan)
Oceanside 4607 or Online: Elluminate recording
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. (OT100 Pedagogy)

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.