POT Newsletter #45 (December 2012)

Program for Online Teaching Newsletter #45

December 2012


POT First Friday is this Friday at Oceanside

Laura Paciorek hosts our successful First Friday workshop series in OC4804 at 3 pm.

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.

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.

Spring flex workshops: tentative schedule

Mark your calendars for POT’s planned spring flex workshops on Thursday, January 10:

11:15 Screencasting for Educators
1:00 Blackboard vs Moodle Smack Down
2:00 Top 10 Resources for Teaching Online
3:00 Open discussion on online teaching

Getting Ready for Moodle 2

If you’re still using Moodle 1.9 (I know I am!) it’s time to get ready for Moodle 2, available in spring for those who want to try it,  or coming this summer for everyone!

Moodle 2 is a somewhat different animal, particularly in its navigation.

Jim Julius is organizing two trainings with Moodlerooms, one for flex week and one later in Spring. You can attend on campus (room TBA) or online Tuesday, February 8 from 2:00-3:30 pm.

Online access info: Meeting ID: 996-529-438
Use your microphone and speakers (VoIP) – a headset is recommended.  Or, call in using your telephone.
Dial +1 (619) 550-0002
Access Code: 996-529-438
Audio PIN: Shown after joining the meeting

Also, @ONE is offering a short online class in Moodle 2 March 25-April 26  with Joan van Duzer, a true expert in Moodle and a long-time teacher with @ONE. Sign up soon – this one may fill:

Introduction to Teaching with Moodle 2
3/25/13 – 4/26/13

Getting that Flex Credit

With the increased need for flex hours, PDP has been inundated with requests for information from online instructors wanting to know how to get credit for online professional development activities.

The POT website promotes several ways to get flex credit, including @ONE workshops and other approved activities.

In addition, viewing and writing about recent POT videos and seminars, or participating in select units of the POT Certificate Class, can help earn flex credit – take a look at the Get Flex Credit! page at the POT website.

What’s up in the Certificate Class?

A year-long, flex-heavy opportunity is available starting in September at our Online Teaching Certificate Class.

Each year December sees our mid-year roundup, where participants post on their blogs about their first 12 weeks of class, reviewing what they achieved in the first semester. It’s a great time to take a look!

Tool of the Month

This month it’s actually two tools from Mozilla Webmaker:

Popcorn Maker lets you make a video out of maps, audio and other online content.

Thimble helps you create a web page from within your browser.


Happy online, hybrid, and technology-enhanced teaching,



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