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 #41 (April 2012)
POT Newsletter #41 (April 2012) avatar


Program for Online Teaching Newsletter #41

April 2012

May 4 – Last of the year: First Friday at Oceanside

Discussion/Experiment Workshops: Successes!
2:00-2:50 pm, OC 4804

Come discuss the successes we’ve experienced this year using technology in our classes.

POT Book Discussion Group: Connections: Virtual Learning Communities
3:00-3:50 pm, OC 4804

Ongoing discussion based on the  free e-book by Richard Schwier, titled Connections: Virtual Learning Communities. For more information about the book, visit:http://rickscafe.wordpress.com/2011/06/01/connections-virtual-learning-communities-ebook-launch/.  To get your free copy of the ebook (epub file):http://edmac.usask.ca/rick/ebookflyer/

Sign up at the flex website.


Free open online class for new college instructors

First Steps into Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, is a free, open, online class targeted at new lecturers, people entering higher education teaching from other sectors and postgraduate students who teach. They also welcome experienced lecturers to update and share their knowledge and expertise. The First Steps course is an element of the Oxford Centre for Staff and Learning Development’s (OCSLD) HEA accredited Post Graduate Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education (PCTHE).

Building on OCSLD’s experience of running courses for a national and international audience, First Steps into Learning and Teaching in Higher Education will be an open online course, free to the global academic community, with peer and general tutor support. The class runs May 21- June 22.


Free open online class with Curtis Bonk starts today

Free, 5-week, massively open online course (MOOC) about online teaching entitled Instructional Ideas & Technology Tools for Online Success.

 Curt Bonk is Professor of Instructional Systems Technology at Indiana University and President of CourseShare.
Full participation in the course requires that each week from April 30 – June 4, you:
  • listen to a live (or archived) hour-long online session
  • read an article
  • respond via contributing to a discussion board, blog, or wiki
You can learn more about and register for the course here: http://events.blackboard.com/open

Live webinar April 30: Moodle Quizzes

A free online webinar on using quizzes in Moodle


Summer classes from @ONE

·  Introduction to Online Teaching and Learning
·  Creating Accessible Online Courses
·  Introduction to Teaching with Moodle 2 
·  Introduction to Teaching with Blackboard 9.1
·  Building Online Community with Social Media
·  Designing Effective Online Assessments 


Cool video on Flipping the Classroom

“Flipping” is not a new idea – we give students lecture material via the internet, then use class time for greater discussion and interactivity.


POT presenting at Ed-Media

For the first time, POT will be presenting at the World Conference on Educational Media and Technology in two sessions, one on the Simul-learn setup created by Laura Paciorek for out simultaneous online/on-site workshops, and one on the POT Certificate Class (see below). Laura Paciorek and Lisa M. Lane will be presenting live in Denver, with other POT leaders and certificate class members participating virtually.


Planning ahead: Fall Flex

POT All-Day Workshop: Strategies and Tools for Online Teaching
Tuesday, August 14 (tentative – not yet approved)
9:30 am – 3:50 pm, lunch included
Flex time: 6.5 hours
Limit enrollment: 35 participants
Cost: $20/person includes lunch

Instructors of all levels and styles are welcome to join us for an all-day exploration of the strategies and

tools that can be effectively used for online, hybrid or on-site classes that use web technologies. Beginning
with developing good course design through individual pedagogy, participants will work hands-on with a
selection of proven teaching tools and explore how they can be used to realize instructional goals.  If you
have attended an all-day POT workshop in the past, there will be some new additions this year.
Please bring your laptop computer or smart phone if you have one.
Participants will receive 6.5 flex hours for participating (attendance of less than 6.5 hours may be recorded
on the sign-in sheet).

Planning ahead: POT Online Teaching Certificate Class


Over a dozen of this year’s participants will be receiving POT’s online certificate, with a badge they can display on their class websites. Certificate are being awarded to participants from MiraCosta, but also from schools in Spain, Pakistan, New Zealand, and across the U.S. You can see this year’s activity at our aggregated blog: Pedagogy First!

Our next class begins on September 1. There is a textbook, and activities for 12 weeks in fall and 12 weeks in spring. Participants learn about teaching online by putting their pedagogical goals first, and learning to use various technologies to fulfill their objectives, whether teaching online, hybrid, or in a classroom. The class is free and open and led by POT participants, moderators from around the globe, and graduates of the certificate program.

More details forthcoming.