Lisa M. Lane

Curriculum Vita

Lisa M. Lane is a historian, and has been a history instructor at MiraCosta College in California since 1989, teaching online since 1998. As founder of MiraCosta's Program for Online Teaching, she works with both novice and experienced online instructors and emphasizes the pedagogical foundations of distance education. She writes and blogs on issues of interest to historians of technology, online professors, instructional technologists, and teachers. Lisa holds a Master's in History from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and an Online Teaching Certificate from UCLA. 


Teaching and Technology Leadership

POT logo

Director, Program for Online Teaching (2005-present)
POT is an all-volunteer faculty group dedicated to helping faculty learn to teach well online by putting pedagogy first rather than technology. We offer workshops, online and at MiraCosta College, and resources for online instructors.



Certificate, Online Teaching Program, UCLA 2005
M.A. History, University of California, Santa Barbara 1989
B.A. History, California State University, Bakersfield 1986



Online History Instructor, MiraCosta College (1998-present)
History Instructor, MiraCosta College, Oceanside, California (1989-present)


Selected Publications

Contributor to Teaching Online: A Guide to Theory, Research and Practice, by Claire Major (2015)

"Constructing the Past Online: Discussion Board as History Lab"
     The History Teacher
     Volume 47, Number 2 (February 2014)

"Collecting and Analyzing Primary Sources"
     A  Plugged In Professor
     Pixy Ferris & Hilary Wilder (Eds.) - (July 2013)

"An Open, Online Class to Prepare Faculty to Teach Online"
    The Journal of Educators Online (January 2013)

Chapters: "Teaching with Style" and "Making Course Management Systems Work"
     Teaching the Humanities Online: A Practical Guide to the Virtual Classroom     
    S. Hoffman & K. Robison (Eds.) M. E. Sharpe (Dec 2010)

"Insidious Pedagogy: How Course Management Systems Impact Teaching"    
    First Monday
[Online], Volume 14 Number 10 (27 September 2009)

"Toolbox or Trap? Course Management Systems and Pedagogy"     
    EDUCAUSE Quarterly, vol. 31, no. 2 (April–June 2008)



wordpress Online Teaching Blog

Posterous DS106 Blog
(Digital Storytelling, University of Mary Washington)

wordpress Social Media and Open Education Course Blog (2010)

wordpress Connectivism Course Blog


Selected Presentations

pot"Creative Online Teaching Forum" with Joanne Carrubba (August 2016)

pot "The Dark Side of OEI" with Jim Sullivan (August 2016)

aace" A SMOOC for Preparing Faculty to Teach Online" (June 2012) with Laura Paciorek, EdMedia World Conference on Educational Media and Technology [slides]

aace "On-site or Online? How About Both?" (June 2012) with Laura Paciorek, EdMedia World Conference on Educational Media and Technology [slides]

VCU logo"Instructor Presence" for Virginia Commonwealth University's Teaching and Learning with Technology Institute [session recording or slides with audio] (June 2010)

Research Interests

English political, economic and social history
History of technology
History of Western culture
Open education
Online pedagogy
New media


College classes taught (ongoing)

Western Civilization
History of England
U.S. History
History of Technology


Selected Professional Development

EDUI6706: Research in Online Teaching and Learning (Fall 2011), Cal State East Bay
EDTEC 700: Models and Tools for Mobile Learning (Summer 2011), San Diego State University
ds106: Digital Storytelling (Spring 2011-?), open participant, University of Mary Washington
EC&I 831: Social Media and Open Education (2010) for graduate credit, University of Regina
Connectivism: Massive Open Online Course (2008) for graduate credit, University of Manitoba

Memberships, Affiliations and Networks

North American Conference on British Studies
Society for the History of Technology
Society for History Education
North American Victorian Studies Association
Nineteenth-Century Studies Association
Victorian Interdisciplinary Studies Association of the Western United States

Community and contacts

Google Plus: Lisa M Lane
Twitter: LisaMLane
Skype: lisalanesoffice
Facebook: LisaMLaneMCC