POT Online: Show and Tell

Join our online sessions in Spring as MiraCosta’s online profs show and talk about their classes, with time for questions. We will meet online from 7-8:20 pm Pacific Time on the Third Thursday of each month to tour through a class or two, emphasizing the goals and creativity of the course’s creator. You may come to just one session or all four: January 19, February 16, March 16, April 20.

January 19: with Rica French and Curry Mitchell
The recording is here.

February 16: with Joanne Carrubba and Laura Paciorek
The recording is here.

March 16: with Pilar Hernández and Sean Davis
The recording is here.

April 20: with Robert Kelley and Lisa M Lane

For each session, the Zoom room will open at 6:30 for preparations, but the session will begin at 7 pm.

POT workshop Wednesday, January 18: Teaching and Learning in Canvas

Wednesday, January 18
1:30-4:20 pm
Oceanside campus room 1201 (in the Library)

Facilitators: Robert Kelley and Sean Davis

This hands-on workshop will introduce participants to the perspectives of learning and teaching using the Canvas learning management system. Participants will learn how the system works through a series of practice activities, and explore how to facilitate contact with students, communicate expectations, encourage active learning, design assignments, and create good navigation. Additionally, participants will be introduced to basic LMS design principles tailored to Canvas.

POT Camp starts October 3

The Program for Online Teaching presents our professional development camp running six weeks starting October 3, celebrating the joy of teaching online.

Each week we’ll explore a topic through reading, take a short quiz, discuss an issue, and create something cool.

The theme for our 2016 Camp is The Context of Online Teaching: Education and Technology.

All faculty who teach online, or want to teach online, are welcome to join!

We’ll be camping out in our Canvas tent. Self-enroll at https://canvas.instructure.com/enroll/APJCWL.

For more information, contact one of our camp counselors: Lisa M Lane, Jim Sullivan, Laura Paciorek, or Joanne Carrubba.

Fall 2016 workshops

For fall flex week (our Fall semester POT Camp is coming soon!)

The Dark Side of OEI
Tuesday, August 16 — 8 pm PT Online

Workshop description: The Online Education Initiative promises to bring all California community colleges together into a common LMS, common rubrics and common goals for online teaching. In doing so, however, some important aspects of creativity may be sacrificed, including joyful complexity, pedagogical independence, tolerance in leadership, and alternative visions. Critiquing such a system is the point of this presentation. A Program for Online Teaching workshop with Jim Sullivan and Lisa M Lane.

Join us at CCCConfer: http://www.cccconfer.org/GoToMeeting?SeriesID=d2950d7b-689b-408b-9ce0-34ae921da6ab

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Recording is available here.

Creative Online Teaching Forum
Thursday, Aug 18 10-11:20 am SAN campus 407 and Online 

Workshop description: Ideas and thoughts for making your online classes less canned and more interesting for you and your students. What can instructors do to work within and outside of a LMS to create interesting, creative, and interactive online learning environments? The conversation here will cover grading, student curation of learning, and many other techniques, and will engage with the POT discussion from the Spring of 2016 on creativity in online teaching as a means to expand pedagogy. A Program for Online Teaching workshop with Lisa M. Lane and Joanne Carrubba.

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Join us in CCCConfer: http://www.cccconfer.org/GoToMeeting?SeriesID=47ece4ed-e947-414f-8b94-5c1497c6da6c  The new system ConferNow (Zoom) at https://zoom.us/j/542895826 .

The slides for this session, including the links, are here.

Recording is available here. Chat record is here.

Pedagogy and the new LMS: Painting on the Canvas
Thursday, Aug 18  12:30-1:50  pm OC campus 3608

Workshop description: Starting Spring 2017, MiraCosta College is adopting Canvas as one of the supported CMSs.  For a year and a half, Canvas will run parallel with Bb and Moodle, after which there will only be Canvas.  What are some of the potential pedagogical upsides (and downsides) of Canvas, that are worthwhile considering for when you move your course to Canvas?  This is not a “how to” workshop – but rather a structured conversation among peers, providing examples and emphasizing dialogue. A Program for Online Teaching workshop with Robert Kelley.

Spring 2016 flex week schedule

Join us for our upcoming workshops in January. If you are a MiraCosta College faculty member, sign up at MCC’s Flex Page. Faculty from all colleges are welcome at all workshops. Online teachers, facilitators and faculty from anywhere in the world may join our online workshops.

Online workshops

Tuesday, Jan 19 7-7:50 pm Pacific Time
POT Online: Discussing Student Retention
Online 7-7:50 pm CCC Confer (click Webinars Participant Login to locate meeting, phone participation is 1-888-886-3951)
Lisa M Lane and Laura Paciorek
POT’s discussion of student retention continues as we look at the current research in online retention and keeping students enrolled. We’ll talk about what elements seem to affect drop rates, and techniques to counter the trends. A Program for Online Teaching workshop.
Recording is here. If you were unable to attend the workshop and want flex credit, add this to Other Activities – Conferences and Presentations, and write a reflection after you view the recording.

Thursday, Jan 21 7-8:20 pm Pacific Time
POT Online: Quizzes for Teaching, Not Assessing
Online 7-8:20 pm CCCConfer
Jim Sullivan
In this workshop we will explore quizzes as a teaching tool rather than assessment tool. How can a quiz function like an alternatively formatted lecture? How can we use quizzes to encourage students to read and reflect upon each other’s discussion forum posts (or face 2 face discussions)? What kinds of questions can help students better understand concepts or ideas we wish to highlight from readings? These are the kinds of questions we will explore during this workshop. Jim Sullivan will share some of the quizzes he uses and then participants will work on developing some questions of their own and discussing them with each other, and imagining ways that these approaches might enrich learning in their own classes. A Program for Online Teaching workshop, presented by Jim Sullivan.
Recording is hereIf you were unable to attend the workshop and want flex credit, add this to Other Activities – Conferences and Presentations, and write a reflection after you view the recording.

On-campus Workshops

Friday, January 15
POT F2F: Blogging Across the Disciplines
OC campus 4612, 9:30-10:50 am
Jim Sullivan
Workshop participants will explore ways to use blogging in their classrooms as an instructional technique and professionally as a powerful communication tool in their discipline. We will explore some prominent blogs in a variety of disciplines, discuss possible teaching assignments, and give participants to start or enhance their own blogs.

Wednesday, January 20
POT F2F: Creativity in Online Teaching: Content
OC campus 4610, 1-2:20 pm
Pilar Hernández, Paulino Mendoza, Rachèle DeMéo, Shahrzad Zahedi
A showcase of creative ways to create and deliver course content. Pick and choose the techniques that are relevant to your discipline and teaching. Walk away inspired to create engaging content. A Program for Online Teaching workshop, presented by Pilar Hernández, Paulino Mendoza, Rachèle DeMéo, and Shahrzad Zahedi.

Wednesday, January 20
POT F2F: Creativity in Online Teaching: Screencasting
OC campus lab 4610, 2:30-3:50 pm
Robert Kelley and Joanne Carrubba
Don’t just tell your online students – show them! Screencasting is a great way for instructors to develop and share mini-lecturettes, make quick replies to students, demonstrate a method, or provide students with feedback on their assignments/quizzes. You simply record and share with your students whatever you have displayed on your computer screen, while you talk about it (e.g. using a microphone). In this workshop you’ll get hands on experience with how to make a screencast easily and for free. We’ll focus on learning the basics of Screencast-O-Matic. You’ll learn how to share your screencasts either as a URL link or how to embed the video directly within your course (e.g. using Bb or Moodle). Other screencasting tools will also be shown. We’ll also cover options for closed captioning your course materials. A Program for Online Teaching workshop, presented by Robert Kelley and Joanne Carrubba.

Discussing retention in online classes

What can instructors do about retention/persistence of students in online classes?

We met online November 18 to start the discussion. Here are some resources:

Join us in the POT Facebook Group to continue this timely discussion.

Online workshop Wednesday, November 18

potonline2Now Wednesday, November 18 – please register or re-register at the flex page

Wednesday, November 18, 5-6 pm Pacific Time

Student Retention in Online Classes: A Discussion

If you have ever wondered about student retention in online classes and what can be done to help students succeed, this workshop is for you.  This flex workshop will explore recent research on student retention in online classes.  We will also have an opportunity to discuss the issue together during the workshop.

The workshop will be held completely online through CCCConfer.  

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Fall 2015 Workshops: POT F2F

Tuesday, August 18, Room OC3102

9-10:20 am

Presentations and Instructor Presence

Join experienced online instructors in a face-to-face workshop discussing rewarding ways to be truly present to our students, and to create lectures and presentations that express personality while elucidating topics. A Program for Online Teaching workshop.

10:30-11:50  am

Student Discussion and Interactivity

Join experienced online instructors in a face-to-face workshop discussing ways to engage students in online classes, through discussion, projects and interactive work with materials. A Program for Online Teaching workshop.

Sign up on the flex page.

New workshops for online students!

Student Orientation to Online Learning 
Jim Julius & Laura Paciorek
Practice key skills and be aware of important resources available to help you be your best online.

Tuesday January 14, 2 – 3 pm OC 1201
Wednesday January 15, 2 – 3 pm SAN 107
Thursday January 16, 2:45 – 3:45 pm OC 1201
Tuesday January 21, 12 – 1 pm SAN 107
Thursday January 23,  2:45 – 3:45 pm OC 1201
Wednesday January 29,  12 – 1 pm OC 1201

Spring 2014 Flex Week!

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.