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)

POT Newsletter #33 (Summer 2011)

Program for Online Teaching Newsletter #33

June 2011 — Summer Edition

POT has a Facebook group

Join the POT community and share your online teaching ideas and challenges at our new group in Facebook.

More samples of how faculty teach their online classes

We have several short tutorials at the POT site where our MiraCosta faculty demonstrate their online classes:

Jim’s English 202
Jill’s class tour
Lisa’s class tour
John Turbeville’s class tour
Janeen’s class tour
Pilar’s class tour

Yavapai College in Arizona also has an active online faculty, and they have been posting Showcase videos. Take a look for great ideas – all are linked from the main page at POT.

Updating your online course information just got easier!

SURF now links the word “Online” directly to the MCC Distance Education page, so please update your classes every semester.

  • Click the new Faculty Login at the current online class schedule
  • Use Faculty Preferences, click Set Preferences, then update your information.

POT highly recommends that you create an information page for your class on the web. See Pilar’s tutorial on making a simple welcome page using Google Sites.

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 12 weeks in each semester. No more workshops required, on campus attendance, or OT number designations required – just two semesters of online learning, reading, playing and community. You can see the draft syllabus here.

Weekly tasks include readings, experimenting with online tools, and posting to your 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 offered as an open course, available to all — we already have faculty signed up from other colleges and elsewhere on the globe.

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

Fall Flex consists of independent POT workshops but all on one day, Tuesday August 16

(OC4804) 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.

(OC4804) 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.

(T413) 12:00-12:50 Julie Vignato: Brown Bag f2f: Brown Bag Lunch for Online Teaching
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!

(OC4804) 1:30-2:20 Andrea Petri and Laura Paciorek: 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.

(OC4610) 1:30-3:30 SECOND LIFE workshop
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.

(OC4804) 2:30-3:20 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 our Simul-learn sessions at OC 4607 and in Elluminate the first Friday of every month in Fall, each followed by a f2f Face-to-Face Get-Together on a related topic in T413. Planned sessions are:

Sept 2
(2:00-2:50) More Than a Passing Fancy: How Blogs Are Enriching Online Teaching and Learning, with Jim Sullivan
(3:00-3:50) f2f Face-to-Face Get-Together

Oct 7
(2:00-2:50) Creating Meaningful Discussion in an Asynchronous Environment, with Sue Simpson
(3:00-3:50) f2f Face-to-Face Get-Together

Nov 4
(2:00-2:50) Giving Students The Bird: Using Twitter in the Classroom, with Eric Robertson
(3:00-3:50) f2f Face-to-Face Get-Together

Dec 2
(2:00-2:50) iPad Apps for MiraCostans 1.0, with Sam Arenivar
(3:00-3:50) f2f Face-to-Face Get-Together

These are just now being entered into flex, so you can sign up in August.

Open courses starting now

Open courses for professional development, like our own Certificate Class, are becoming more and more popular.

Starting June 27, “Online Learning Today… and Tomorrow” (eduMOOC) is an open, global, free eight-week online class sponsored by the University of Illinois, Springfield. See http://sites.google.com/site/edumooc/ for more information and to sign in.

Starting July 11, the University of Central Florida will offer a free, five-week open online class in blended learning. See information at http://www.slideshare.net/drkelvinthompson/blendkit2011, and contact Kelvin Thompson with questions at kelvin@ucf.edu.

Summer training

For instructors needing training in instructional technologies, consider @ONE’s $55 (for California faculty and staff) offerings this summer:

Happy online teaching,


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