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.
Wednesday, January 18
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.
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.
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.
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.
What do we create as instructors to help our students learn?
What do we have our students create to show their learning?
Join the POT community starting April 10 for six weeks of reading, viewing and discussing creativity in online teaching. Each week will focus on a particular topic, and we’ll explore ideas and practices, share what works and what doesn’t, examine some current research, and engage in a community of practice. To participate, faculty should join the POT Facebook Group. Come for one week, or all six!
April 11 – Topic 1 – Teaching online as a creative process
April 18 – Topic 2 – Creativity in Content
April 25 – Topic 3 – Creativity and Class Discussion/Student Interaction
May 2 – Topic 4 – Creative Approaches and Assessment
May 9 – Topic 5 – Creativity in Materials
May 16 – Topic 6 – Inspiring creative online teaching
May 23 – wrap up
What’s needed to participate?
Join the POT Facebook Group. There is no need to friend anyone – just send a request to join. You will be added within 48 hours.
Optional: Join Twitter. Hashtag for this activity and POT’s community is #potcomm.
If you’re MiraCosta faculty, be sure to keep track of your own flex hours – this is not a formal workshop.
For flex – All MiraCosta College faculty participating in POT Chat may claim flex hours via My Flex by selecting Other Activities, then Collaboration. You may claim up to 3 hours per week/topic. For documentation, you may submit Facebook screenshots or the text of your status updates in the POT Facebook group. For participants from other colleges, please check with the professional development guidelines at your school.
Please note that the POT Facebook Group and this activity may be joined by faculty and online educators from colleges around the world.