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)

Spring 2014 Flex Week!
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We are pleased to announce the following workshops for Spring Flex Week:

Monday, Jan 6 12-1:20 pm: “The Learning Curve in Teaching Online” (Rachèle DeMéo) OC 4802 

This workshop will unfold what to expect and not to expect from teaching online. It will discuss mistakes that can be avoided as a new instructor, communicating with students and realistically what to expect workload-wise. The workshop will also provide attendees with useful resources for teaching online and tips for preparing and organizing an online class. 

Monday, Jan 6  2-3:20 pm: “Structuring your class for deep learning” (Laura Paciorek and Louisa Moon) OC 4802 

Get your students thinking deeply through creative activities in online classes.  At this workshop, you will hear some ideas and also have some time to develop your own strategies for encouraging deep thinking in your classes.  This workshop is suitable for online educators at all levels of experience who are interested in improving instruction.

Wednesday, Jan 8 – 11:00-11:50 am “EXPLORE: Educators eXamining Professional Learning Online Resources & Experiences” (Jim Julius and Lisa M Lane ) OC4802

The array of learning resources and experiences designed for educators interested in online, hybrid, and web-enhanced teaching can be overwhelming! During this workshop, facilitators from the Program for Online Teaching and MiraCosta Online Education will provide a thoughtful overview of the many online and in-person opportunities available to you locally and online. Hear about POT’s Certificate program as well as informal First Friday discussions and all the great resources on the POT website. Review the online Blackboard tutorials and workshops from Online Education, and provide input into the design of new professional development for MiraCostans. We’ll also take a look at external online resources ranging from lengthy, more formal courses to great free sources for webinars, email updates, and online resources. We’ll discuss using social networking tools such as Facebook and Twitter to build personal learning networks that can provide you with a personal filter of the latest and greatest resources, research, and advice for effective and creative online teaching. Finally, we’ll review how these various options fit within Flex.

Wednesday, Jan 8  1:30 pm-2:50 pm: “Collaborative Work Using Google”  (Robert Kelley, Laura Paciorek and  Jim Julius)  OC4804

Discover new opportunities for collaboration (e.g., in your onsite, hybrid, and online courses) and making your life simpler, using Google Docs and Sites.  We’ll cover activities for building community, the benefits of using Google Docs for posting assignments and grading rubrics (that can be updated ‘live’ and posted in more than one place), getting student input via surveys (e.g., to fuel a subsequent class discussion), and you’ll have plenty of time for guided hands on activities – to see for yourself – how easy it is to use Google Docs to share ideas and collaborate on projects (e.g., editing a shared document, presentation, spreadsheet, or site).  By the end of the workshop, you’ll have several ideas for making your classes run smoother and with greater collaboration opportunities, plus the “know how” to make it happen.

Thursday, Jan 9 – 7-7:50 pm  “The Magic of Video Clips – tips and tricks for YouTube” (Lisa M. Lane & Todd Conaway)
Here is the link for guests – if you are at MiraCosta, please log in to Blackboard and come to the POT Course.

In this online session in Collaborate, we’ll focus on YouTube and how to work with it for both online and on-site classes. YouTube has a wealth of video materials of varying quality, and to fit our pedagogy adaptations are frequently needed. Done well, video clips can enhance the learning experience in line with text and other instructional methods. Tips and tricks will include downloading videos for future use, setting start and end times, creating playlists, forcing high definition, uploading fair use clips, watching videos online with your students, and embedding effectively.  PDP workshop evaluation form for online workshops.


Flex Credit
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Check with your college or university to see whether POT activities can be counted for professional development credit.

At MiraCosta College, faculty can get flex credit for many activities at the Program for Online Teaching, including:

  • Viewing recordings or presentations and reflecting in writing about them
  • Reading articles from the POT reading list and writing reflections about them
  • Joining the POT Diigo group and bookmarking sites and articles with commentary
  • Taking Blackboard training through Karen’s self-assessed modules
  • Attending POT workshops or offering a workshop

Recording flex time 

Head on over to the PDP webpage for how to record flex hours for activities. POT is a pre-approved activity.

In MyFlex, select Other Activities. Then choose hours for the type of activity you do with POT. For helping others, choose Advising and Mentoring. For collaborating in a workshop, choose Collaboration. For watching a video, choose Conferences and Presentations. For reading, choose Reading, Writing And Research. You will need to upload documentation or reflect on the activity to get credit. If you blog about what you do (either on your own blog or at the Reflections on Practice blog, the post URL can be your documentation.

Reading List (2014)
POT Diigo group articles

Robin Good, Literacy practice, pedagogy, and the ‘digital university’ (2014)

Lyn/Dwyer/Guo, Exploring Online Teaching: A Three-Year Composite Journal of Concerns and Strategies from Online Instructors, Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, Volume XII, Number III, Fall 2012

Jonathan Mott, Envisioning the post-LMS Era: The Open Learning Network (2010)

Bob Barrett, Creating Structure out of Chaos in a Virtual Learning
Environment to Meet the Needs of Today’s Adult Learner  (2013)

Xu and Jaggers, Adaptability to Online Learning: Differences Across Types of Students and Academic Subject Areas (2013)

ECAR Study of Undergraduate Students and Information Technology (2012)

Lisa Marie Blaschke, A review of heutagogical practice and self-determined learning (2012)

Gardner Campbell, A Personal Cyberstructure (2009)

Cool Tools List
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Online Tools Recommended by POT Faculty – for use on the web, free or close to it

  • Web pages and site builders 
  • Wikis and collaboration
  • Video and audio messaging
    • Eyejot (create easy video messages with no downloading – Pilar Hernández)
    • Wimba (located inside Blackboard and Moodle – Pilar Hernández)
    • Voki (create animated avatar, message or embed in site – Lisa)
  • Social bookmarking: develop and share collections of web resources
    • Diigo (allows highlighting, creation of groups)
    • Feedly
  • Images: creating, editing and sharing
    • Flickr (photo sharing and annotations)
    • Flaming Text (for making cool graphic text -Louisa Moon)
    • Bubbl.us (quick mind maps or brainstorming charts)
    • Glogster (create posters from text, images, video and music – David Detwiler)
    • Wordle or Voyant (create word maps out of blocks of text)
    • Gliffy (make flowcharts)
  • Online office suites: dump MS Office
    • Zoho (word processing, presentations, spreadsheet, etc. — desktops apps on the web – Lisa M. Lane)
    • Google Docs
  • Screencasting
    • Screencast-o-matic (quick screencasting with no download, webcam can be picture-in-picture – Lisa)
  • Slideshows
    •  Slideshare (upload PowerPoints)
    •  Prezi (alternative presentation, with non-linear options and zooming)
  • Audio recording
    • Soundcloud (records and stores online, provides embed code)
  • Avatars and animation
    •  Voki (animation that talks with your voice – David Detwiler)
    • Powtoon (Laura Paciorek)
  • RSS feeds: aggregate all your info, blogs, feeds in one location
  • Videoconferencing and chat

    • appear.in (video conversation for up to 8, no login, free – Lisa M Lane)
    • Skype (voice conversation and instant messaging)
    • Tokbox (free – Robert Kelley)
    • CCCConfer (free synchronous conferencing for community college instructors)
    • Vyew (free conferencing for up to 20 participants)
    • Google Plus Hangout
  • Multimedia Creation, Editing and Hosting
    • YouTube (uploading, creation using webcam, captioning)
  • Chat (text)
  • Blogging
  • Storytelling, Puzzles and Games
  • Community / Discussion Boards
  • Pinboards– sharing web content and images on pages

For download – recommended by POT faculty

Learning Management Systems

Course Content

E-Books and Print Books on Online Teaching (MCC)

Professional Development



Moodle Help
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Moodle is an alternative course management system based on constructivist pedagogy.

Just getting started? Check out this Moodle Tools Guide.

MiraCosta contracts with Moodlerooms, which hosts the installation we use.

Faculty support for Moodle is currently provided by AELearn.  Click here to open a support ticket.

For faculty to help each other,  join the POT group in Facebook.

But wait! There’s more! See the Moodle 2 category of tutorials!

About POT
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Putting the “prof” back in professional development….Founded in 2005, the Program for Online Teaching (POT) is a volunteer faculty professional development group. Faculty propose, lead, and attend flex activities relating to our core objective of excellence in online education. As a community of practice, we mentor colleagues, share resources and ideas, and host collaborative projects and classes. Involvement is open to interested faculty at all academic institutions.

How can you become involved?

If you are at MiraCosta College:

1) propose and present a flex workshop that fits with POT.
2) participate in a POT open online class or experience.
3) engage in dialogue about online teaching in the POT Facebook group.
4) Attend POT workshops through flex
5) Help us collect good resources by joining the MCC POT Diigo group: http://groups.diigo.com/group/mccpot

If you are at another college or location:

1) feel free to make use of any resources at our website
2) engage in dialogue about online teaching in the POT Facebook group.
3) Help us collect good resources by joining the MCC POT Diigo group: http://groups.diigo.com/group/mccpot

For more information, contact Lisa M. Lane, program director.


Volunteer POT Leaders


Lisa M. Lane

History Instructor

Online Pedagogy, Moodle, Web 2.0


Robert Kelley

Psychology Instructor

Online Pedagogy, Blackboard, Screencasting
Idea Man

Laura Paciorek

Early Childhood Education Instructional Specialist

Simulearn Sorceress

Jim Sullivan

English Instructor

Blogs, Online Pedagogy
Blog Meister


Louisa Moon

Philosophy Instructor

Online Teaching, Blackboard

Pilar Hernández

Spanish Instructor

Online Pedagogy, Blackboard, Certificate Queen


Joanne Carrubba

Art History Instructor

Volunteer Faculty Facilitators

 Richard Masm

Richard Ma

Instruction/Outreach Librarian


Claudia Faulk

Media Art Technology Instructor

HTML, Graphic and Web Design


Karl Golemo

History Instructor

PowerPoint Animation


Rachèle DeMéo

French Instructor


Sam Arenivar

Communications Instructor



Carolyn O’Barr

CIS/Art Instructor

Second Life


John Turbeville

Geology/Oceanography Instructor


olsen Olsen 2

Shirley Olsen

Spanish Instructor



Karl Cleveland

Media Arts and Technology Instructor



Michele Scott James

History/Philosophy Instructor

Beginning Online Teaching


Kristi Reyes

ESL Instructor

Digital Storytelling


Eli Clarke

ESL Instructor

Digital Storytelling


Julie Harland

Math Instructor

Tablet P.C.s


Janeen Apalatea

Math Instructor

Online Video



Pablo Martin

Communications Instructor

Mac Video


Julie Vignato

Nursing Instructor



Randall Cornish

CIS/Art Instructor

Second Life


Lyle Blackmon

Hospitality Instructor


Sue Simpson

Nursing Education Instructor

Wimba Voiceboard, Blackboard


Andrea Petri

Italian and Spanish Instructor

Asynchronous Voice Discussions


Eric Robertson

Communication Instructor


Jo Moore

Medical Terminology, Medical Billing and Coding, and Medical Transcription Instructor

First Fridays


Jim Julius

Faculty Director of Online Education

Facilitators Emeritus


Jill Malone (emeritus)

Computer Graphics and Information Systems Instructor

Visual media, Photoshop
Princess of Appearances


David Megill

Music Instructor

PHP, Moodle


Bea McWilliams (emeritus)

Communications Instructor



Linda Shaffer

Health Instructor

Discussion, Online Teaching


Donna Marques

Spanish Instructor