POTLuck Cookbook is here!

The POTLuck Cookbook, full of great ideas for online teaching, is available in print from the PDP Office.

Or you can download it here.

Last year’s publication of Pedagogy First!, our blog post collection of even more great ideas, can be downloaded here. There are still some copies left in the PDP office if you grab them!

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.  

Webinar information:

Click Webinars Participant Log In
Locate your meeting and click Go
Fill out the form and click connect

Participant passcode: 195461

Telephone Conference Feature
Telephone conference line: 1-913-312-3202*
*Toll free number: 1-888-886-3951
*6 – Mute/unmute your individual line

Free mini-conference Oct 28

TCCfx 2015: Come Together, Engage & Learn

October 28, 2015
5:00 pm9:00 pm Hawaii Time
Online (Join.me)

Info & Registration


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TCCfx 2015 is a complimentary mini-online conference that serves as a platform for the growing learning design and technology (LTEC) community. This online conference aims to connect, collaborate, create, and improve teaching and learning in the 21st century by empowering current and prospective LTEC (or educational technology) students and others to prepare for success in their graduate programs and their future professions. Interested educators are invited to attend as well.

This event is sponsored by the University of Hawai’i at Manoa, Learning Design & Technology Department, College of Education; and AECT-HI (Hawaii Chapter) in collaboration with TCCHawaii.org .

For more information, contact conference chair Kimberly Suwa <suwak@hawaii.edu>.

UDL On Campus

Check out the UDL On Campus website for information about Universal Design for Learning and college courses.

The site contains information about:


Videos on pedagogy

Some of our favorite pedagogy videos from POT:



Student readiness multimedia

The following multimedia units for students can be linked from online classes. For more information, see the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office Online Education Initiative Student Readiness website, which also includes some mini-quizzes.

01-Introduction to Online Learning View
02-Getting Tech Ready View
03-Organizing for Online Success View
04-Online Study Skills and Managing Time View
05-Communication Skills for Online Learning View
06-Online Reading Strategies View
07-Accessing Your Online Courses View

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.

Looking to get an online teaching certificate this year?

We’ve added these to the Cool Tools List page: