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)

First Fridays for Fall 2011
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Concluded

Every First Friday of the month features a simulearn session in OC 4607 / Elluminate online, followed by a face-to-face meet-up, in OC T413. Register for all at the flex site. See our Simulearn Orientation.

 

—- Recorded sessions —–

Sept 2

2:00-2:50 Jim Sullivan’s More Than a Passing Fancy: How Blogs Are Enriching Online Teaching and Learning
Explore some of the ways that blogs have evolved as online teaching tools by learning about different approaches to using blogs and visiting courses that use blogs to share resources and present student work. This workshop will present some principles, give you some time to tour the blogosphere, and connect you to resources to help you set up and use a blog for a class or for your own professional development. (Elluminate recording is here.)

3:00-3:50 Face-To-Face (F2F) about Online Teaching: Blogging and Beyond with Laura Paciorek
This workshop is sponsored by the Program for Online Teaching. This workshop is immediately after the first Friday workshop about blogs and online teaching. The face-to-face setting may provide an opportunity to continue the discussion about blogging or go into different interests that are brought up by the instructors in attendance. Please bring 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.

Oct 7

2:00-2:50 Sue Simpson’s Creating Meaningful Discussion in an Asynchronous Environment
How do you encourage dialogue among students, regarding current and topical subject matter, in an asynchronous environment? Wimba voiceboard allows simulation of the classroom discussion without requiring students to write excessively.“In many virtual learning environments, student and instructor communication is limited to text and static images.  Important elements of face-to-face communication, including the nuances of voice, are missing from text-based discussions.  Wimba Voice recaptures these elements, contributing to greater clarity and understanding. Voice discussions, announcements and podcasts promote active participation in the classroom.” (Recording is here.)

3:00-3:50 Face-To-Face (F2F) about Online Teaching: Discussions on Discussion with Laura Paciorek
This workshop is sponsored by the Program for Online Teaching. This workshop is immediately after the first Friday workshop about using asynchronous discussion in online teaching. The face-to-face setting may provide an opportunity to continue the discussion about blogging or go into different interests that are brought up by the instructors in attendance. Please bring 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.

Nov 4

2:00-2:50 Eric Robertson’s Giving Students The Bird: Using Twitter in the Classroom
With over 175 million users, Twitter has become one of the most used social media tools on the planet.  But did you know that there is much more to Twitter than telling people what you are doing?  A variety of exciting techniques have been developed to bring Twitter into the classroom to generate new and vibrant connections with our students.  In this session you will create a twitter account, learn the basic functions of Twitter, and understand specific applications for online and face-to-face classroom interactions. (Recording is here.)

3:00-3:50 Face-To-Face (F2F) about Online Teaching: Social Aspects of Online Teaching with Laura Paciorek
This workshop is sponsored by the Program for Online Teaching. This workshop is immediately after the first Friday workshop about social networking and media tools.  The face-to-face setting may provide an opportunity to continue the discussion about blogging or go into different interests that are brought up by the instructors in attendance. Please bring 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.

 

——-Concluded session——–

Dec 2

2:00-2:50 Sam Arenivar’s  iPad Apps for MiraCostans 1.0
Discover a world where we can truly be paper free. Whether you own an iPad or are just thinking about getting an iPad, this first iPad Friday workshop will demonstrate iPad apps that can make our lives as a MiraCosta faculty or staff member easier. The apps that we will explore include: Note Taker HD, iAnnotate PDF, Outliner, and Attendance.

3:00-3:50 Face-To-Face (F2F) about Online Teaching: Online Teaching with Apps and More with Laura Paciorek
This workshop is sponsored by the Program for Online Teaching. This workshop is immediately after the first Friday workshop about iPad apps. The face-to-face setting may provide an opportunity to continue the discussion about blogging or go into different interests that are brought up by the instructors in attendance. Please bring 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.

 

Building Class Community with Blogging
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Lisa’s @ONE Desktop Seminar presentation on blogging from 2008, with audio.

Slidecast for @ONE workshop from October 2008.

See blogging chart here: http://www.miracosta.edu/home/llane/images/blogging.png

Since this is from 2008, references to Feedraider and Plurk are unnecessary now. Also, Edublogs has improved its services.

Will Richardson’s book can be found here.

POT Newsletter #34: POT’s Open, Online Certificate Class
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August 2011

The POT Certificate Class is open to all who enjoy learning about online, hybrid and technology-enhanced teaching.

Maybe you want a POT Online Teaching Certificate, or maybe you just want to be involved in a open class in online teaching, and a larger online teaching community.

Beginning September 1, POT will offer an open online class to fulfill your goals as an instructor using the web for teaching and learning.

It is open to everyone, for free. The instructors are members of the POT crew and the class participants themselves. We already have people signed up from other community colleges, universities, and as far away as India and New Zealand. Participants come with a wide array of experiences, ready to help each other explore the web as a place for teaching in a meaningful way.

What we’re doing is pretty special. Learning and working in an open web-based environment is the best way to understand how online teaching can utilize the affordances of the internet to provide a meaningful experience for students.

So take a look at both the Certificate Class FAQ and Pedagogy First! Our new website at Pedagogy First! will be the hub for everyone participating in the class. It includes feeds from all the participants’ blogs, and the full syllabus of what the class will be doing.