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)

Cool Tools List

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



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