POT Newsletter #43 (August 2012)

Program for Online Teaching Newsletter #43

August 2012


Online Class Tours Available

Ever wish you could take a peek inside other people’s online classes? You can with the class tours we’ve been posting at the POT site:


From POT Certificate Grads:

POT Online Teaching Certificate Class starts this weekend

POT offers a very special opportunity to learn how to teach online in our free, year-long, open online class that starts this week.

There is a textbook (we have copies in the PDP office!), and activities for 12 weeks in fall and 12 weeks in spring. Participants learn about teaching online by putting their pedagogical goals first, and learning to use various technologies to fulfill their objectives, whether teaching online, hybrid, or in a classroom. The class is free and open and led by POT participants, moderators from around the globe, and graduates of the certificate program.

See the website for the class at http://pedagogyfirst.org/wppf12. If you would like to join us, just email Lisa.

POT Facebook group conversation this week

In preface to the Certificate Class, we are currently engaged in conversation about online teaching at the POT Facebook group this week. Come join us! (Remember, you can join a Facebook Group without friending anyone.)

We are currently holding a pre-class workshop in the POT Facebook group beginning August 19 – all are welcome.

POT First Fridays start September 7 at Oceanside

Laura Paciorek hosts our successful First Friday workshop series again this fall in OC4804.

Come and discuss your online teaching adventures with fellow faculty members.  Individuals with no, little, some, and a lot of online teaching experience are all welcome.  Each First Friday will focus on what the group wants to discuss; however, prompts will also be provided to start the discussion.  Questions are welcome, too!

September 7 – 3:00-3:50 p.m.: Engagement – What do you do to engage your students in online classes?

October 5 – 3:00-3:50 p.m.: Time/energy management – How do you manage your time/energy as an instructor and how do you help your students manage their time/energy?

November 2– 3:00-3:50 p.m.: Evaluation – How do you have students evaluate your classes and how do you evaluate your students’ work?

December 7 – 3:00-3:50 p.m.: Renewal – What are your plans for your future classes?  What did you learn or what do you want to try next?

Sign up at the flex website.

Featured tutorials

Excellent tutorials abound at the POT website. For example:

Getting Started with WordPress

Laura Paciorek has put together some short tutorials on how to get blogging on MiraCosta’s new WordPress system.

Learning Blackboard for flex credit

Lisa M Lane and Karen Korstad have put together tutorials on how to get flex credit for working your way through Karen’s Blackboard training modules.

Getting Started Teaching Online

On sabbatical, Lisa created a step-by-step tutorial for those learning to teach in the online environment. It’s called Where the Hell Do I Start?


Happy online, hybrid and technology-enhanced teaching,



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