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 #35 (September 2011)
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The next First Friday and F2F workshops are October 7

2:00-2:50 Sue Simpson’ 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.” (Elluminate session 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.

Sign up for all POT workshops, whether in a lab, on-campus, or online, at MCC’s flex website.

POT’s Open, Online Certificate Class is Huge!


This year we have offered our Certificate-earning process as an open, global, online class. We have over 90 participants from all over the world, and our course is being joined and followed by a number of facilitators of MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses). Although the class started September 1 so it is too late to join to earn a certificate this year, the weekly activities and global conversation may be followed by anyone at our aggregated blog, Pedagogy First! Anyone may participate in any units they wish by using the potcert11 tag on their own blog and following along.

It is very exciting that the Program for Online Teaching is at the forefront of offering open pedagogical preparation for teaching online.

Other ways to join the conversation

POT has many ways to participate and join the conversation in addition to workshops:

Won’t you join us? All POT activities are open to all faculty, whether teaching online, on-site, or hybrid.

Happy teaching,

Lisap

Catch the Wave: Explore MiraCosta’s Professional Development Resources for Online Educators
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Catch the Wave: Explore MiraCosta’s Professional Development Resources for Online Educators from Program for Online Teaching on Vimeo.

POT workshop on 16 August 2011 with Jim Sullivan. 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 set of resources for developing online teaching skils while earning FLEX credit. This workshop will introduce you to those resources and give you some time to explore them.

Jing – Show Your Online Students What You Are Talking About
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Jing – Show Your Online Students What You Are Talking About from Program for Online Teaching on Vimeo.

With Robert Kelley and Jim Sullivan, for POT workshop on 16 August 2011.
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. We’ll focus on learning the basics of Jing, then providing your students with a tour or introduction to your class, website, or learning unit, and uploading your videos. Licensed Creative Commons Program for Online Teaching Attribution/NonCommercial/ShareAlike 2011.

Setting up an Edublog
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Lisa describes how to set up your first blog.

A New Wardrobe for Blackboard
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A New Wardrobe for Blackboard: Technical Basics of Instructional Design
with Andrea Petri and Laura Paciorek, from 16 August 2011 workshop at MiraCosta.

Workshop participants will learn some beginning strategies for instructional design using Blackboard. Includes course examples and a demonstration of how to design content including creating tables, inserting images, and laying out learning modules, with an emphasis on instructor preferences and student success.

 

A New Wardrobe for Blackboard from Program for Online Teaching on Vimeo.

Workshop from 16 August 2011

A New Wardrobe for Blackboard: Technical Basics of Instructional Design
with Andrea Petri and Laura Paciorek

Workshop participants will learn some beginning strategies for instructional design using Blackboard. Includes course examples and a demonstration of how to design content including creating tables, inserting images, and laying out learning modules, with an emphasis on instructor preferences and student success.

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