POT Newsletter #48 (May 2013)

Program for Online Teaching Newsletter #48

     May 2013




To this year’s POT Online Teaching Certificate earners:

Stephanie Decker (MCC) Sou Lackkaty (MCC) Helen Crump (Ireland, independent)
Claire Major (University of Alabama) Donna Marqués (Cuyamaca College) Rachèle DeMéo (MCC)
Renee Fox-Moore (MCC) Jennifer Humber (University of Alabama) Ralene Friend (MCC)
Danièle Arnaud (MCC)

Special thanks to all the POT organizers, mentors and moderators who helped organize and run the class!


Last First Friday is this Friday

May 3 – 3:00 – 3:50 (1 hour) Wrap Up/Renewal
OC4803a computer lab 

What are your plans for your future classes? What did you learn or what do you want to try next? Come and discuss these topics and/or your online teaching adventures with fellow faculty members. Individuals with no, little, some, and a lot of online teaching experience are all welcome. Each Program for Online Teaching (POT) 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! This workshop benefits faculty by giving them ideas that may improve instruction.

Sign up now at the flex website – limited to 20 participants!

Fall Flex 2013 is August 12

Creativity in Online Teaching series

Monday, August 12 10:00 am – 2:00 pm +
Location: OC4802

What’s the best approach to the challenges of online teaching? Creativity! POT’s fall flex workshop day will focus on the enthusiasm, tip, tools, and generative process of building online components for student learning. As always, POT’s focus is on realizing your teaching goals through technology, rather than letting the technology control what you do.

Cost $15/participant for all day, $10 if bringing own lunch, $5 donation requested for single workshop (make checks payable to MCC Academic Senate with POT Workshop in the subject line).

10:00-10:50 Creativity When Starting Out

How can you be creative about building your online class? Faced with a bunch of Blackboard buttons or a blank screen, it’s hard to focus on your own teaching strengths and design a good learning experience for students. We’ll share a process and some tips for getting started.

11-11:50 Creativity in Presentation and Discussion

Great lecturers and facilitators can take advantage of the web’s many resources and tools to create engaging presentations and discussions for their classes. We’ll share tool-choosing tips and ways to help make decisions based on your own teaching strengths.

12:00-12:50 Creativity in Online Teaching lunch with seminar

Come join us for a lunch a lively roundtable based on your requests for topics (add them at http://bit.ly/potcreativity).

1:00-1:50 Creativity in Interactivity and Student-Led Projects

Creative classes use individual and group shared projects, media creation, and projects led by the students themselves. Come discuss the many options for featuring more active learning in your online class.

Additional workshop: 2-3:30 Screencasting, OC4804

Don’t just tell your online students – show them! Screencasting is a great way to share mini-lecturettes, make quick replies to students, demonstrate a method, or provide students with feedback on their assignments/quizzes. Importantly, you’ll get hands on experience with how to do this 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).

Sign up after June 30 at the flex website.

POT Online Teaching Certificate Class starts September 1

The POT Cert class returns for its fourth year, helping faculty to learn how to teach effectively in the online environment. The class features…

  • a focus on pedagogy, with technology at the service of teaching
  • an opportunity to be an online student
  • experimentation with the latest online tools and techniques
  • a creative teaching and learning environment
  • participant documentation and reflection
  • maximum flex hours

We are revising the class now to make it even more current and friendly – more coming soon!

Moodle 2

AIS in conjunction with Moodlerooms is offering Moodle 2 training on Friday, May 10. From Jim Julius:

 Moodle 2 Overview & Demo
Friday, May 10, 12:45-2:15 pm
View with others in OC 1253B, or attend online (see directions below)
Moodle is a course management system that MiraCosta supports as an alternative to Blackboard. This summer, all MiraCosta Moodle classes will run in the Moodle 2 software, a significant change from the older Moodle 1.9. Whether you’re experienced with Moodle or just curious, this overview will help you to see what you and your students can do with Moodle 2. The webinar will be presented by staff from Moodlerooms, which runs MiraCosta’s Moodle system.
To attend on your own on 5/10:
    1. Join the meeting: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/join/380110278 
    2. Use your microphone and speakers (VoIP) – a headset is recommended.  Or, call in using your telephone:
      • Dial +1 (213) 493-0601
      • Access Code: 380-110-278
      • Audio PIN: Shown after joining the meeting

Super new tools

Three ring: a way to capture audio or video on iOS or Android, interesting for classroom use

Talkwalker alerts: get an email whenever the topic you want to follow has news on the web

Swipe: still in beta, a way to make presentations on the fly from your mobile device

Ghost: also brand new, a clean, plain site for hosting blogs

The POT Network


Happy online, hybrid and web-enhanced teaching,


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