Lisa M. Lane

Curriculum Vita

Lisa M. Lane is a historian and writer of historical fiction and non-fiction. She 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 has worked with both novice and experienced online instructors and emphasizes the pedagogical foundations of distance education. She writes and blogs on issues of interest to Victorianists, historians of technology, online professors, instructional technologists, and teachers, and began writing fiction in 2021. Lisa holds a Master's in History from the University of California and an Online Teaching Certificate from UCLA. 

Current Projects

"H.G. Wells and Education" (upcoming Oxford Handbook on H.G. Wells)

"Murder at the Gasworks" (prequel to the Tommy Jones Mysteries trilogy)

"Murder at Luna Beach" (contemporary cozy mystery)

"Writing for England" (literary fiction)

"Preposterous and necessary": H.G. Wells and Late Victorian Education (non-fiction)

Selected Publications


A Heart Purloined (historical romance, 2023 Grousable Books)
Murder on the Pneumatic Railway (A Tommy Jones Mystery, 2023 Grousable Books)
Murder at an Exhibition (A Tommy Jones Mystery, 2022 Grousable Books)

Murder at Old St. Thomas's (A Tommy Jones Mystery, 2022 Grousable Books)

Before the Time Machine (2021 Grousable Books)

"The Online Death of Gerald Thorne", Secret Attic, Booklet #3 (July 2020)


H.G. Wells on Science Education 1886-1897 (2022 Grousable Books)

"Votes for Women: International Cooperation and Internal Conflict", Undomesticated Magazine, November 2020

"The Theory of Evolution: A Recovered Article", The Wellsian Vol 42 (2019)

Guest post, "The H. G. Wells' Biology Textbook", National Extension College, Cambridge, UK (2019)

"Cram and Criticism: H.G. Wells and Late Victorian Education", The Wellsian Vol 41 (2018), also at Humanities Commons

Online Teaching

"The Online Discussion Two-Step", MiraCosta College Great Ideas for Teaching (Fall 2021)

Regular Contributor to Medium

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, Volume 14 Number 10 (27 September 2009)

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

Selected Presentations

"Murder at Old St. Thomas's", Old Operating Theatre and Herb Garret, London, December 2022 (recording)

"Exploring H. G. Wells's Early Writings: An Adventure", H. G. Wells Society, October 2022 (recording)

"'My earliest writings are concealed': H.G. Wells and the Educational Press", North American Conference on British Studies, November 2019

"'Preposterous and Necessary: H.G. Wells, William Briggs, and the University Correspondence College", North American Conference on British Studies, October 2018

"A Text-book Case: H.G. Wells and the Teaching of Biology by Post", Pacific Coast Conference on British Studies, March 2018

"Me and H.G. Wells", MiraCosta College Scholarscapes, January 2018

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

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

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

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

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


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)

Memberships, Affiliations and Networks

Alliance of Independent Authors
H.G. Wells Society
Sisters in Crime
Historical Novel Society


POT logo

Director, Program for Online Teaching (2005-2017)
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.


Grousable Books

Lisa's (Online) History and Teaching Blog

DS106 Blog
(Digital Storytelling, University of Mary Washington)

Social Media and Open Education Course Blog (2010)

Connectivism Course Blog (2008)

College classes taught

World History
European History and Culture
History of England
U.S. History
History of Technology
History Honors


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