POT News Flash for May 2015

As you may already know, the Program for Online Teaching is spending this semester blogging at Pedagogy First, POT’s new blog. We have lined up guest authors to post their experiences and recommendations, and during April have focused especially on cool tools, with Rachèle DeMéo, Jordan Molina, Silvia Vazquez Paramio and Bethanie Perry sharing how to select the best tools for online teaching.

In May our bloggers plan to look at MOOCs and other elements of online ecology, “best practices”, online education today, and more. May will feature international guest authors and posts emphasizing research in the field.

Enjoy at http://mccpot.org/wp.​ Feel free to comment!

Happy online, hybrid and technology-enhanced teaching,

Lisa

Program for Online Teaching News Flash: April 2015

Hello faculty,
This semester, the Program for Online Teaching website​ has become the Pedagogy First! blog. We are publishing some of the best in online teaching advice, examples, and analysis.

We have invited faculty and innovators from MiraCosta and other colleges to write blog posts on such topics as preparing and gathering materials, cool tools, and the state of online education today.

For March, we have articles by Joanne Carrubba on starting to teach online, Jill Malone on online assessment strategies, and Bethanie Perry and Todd Conaway on instructor presence in online classes. More is on the way. Take a look and enjoy at http://mccpot.org/wp.
Happy online, hybrid and technology-enhanced teaching,

Lisa

POT Newsletter #51 (January 2014)

POT Spring Flex Workshops

We are pleased to announce the following workshops for Spring Flex Week:

Monday, Jan 6 12-1:20 pm: “The Learning Curve in Teaching Online” (Rachèle DeMéo) OC 4802 

This workshop will unfold what to expect and not to expect from teaching online. It will discuss mistakes that can be avoided as a new instructor, communicating with students and realistically what to expect workload-wise. The workshop will also provide attendees with useful resources for teaching online and tips for preparing and organizing an online class. 

Monday, Jan 6  2-3:20 pm: “Structuring your class for deep learning” (Laura Paciorek and Louisa Moon) OC 4802 

Get your students thinking deeply through creative activities in online classes.  At this workshop, you will hear some ideas and also have some time to develop your own strategies for encouraging deep thinking in your classes.  This workshop is suitable for online educators at all levels of experience who are interested in improving instruction.

Wednesday, Jan 8 – 11:00-11:50 am “EXPLORE: Educators eXamining Professional Learning Online Resources & Experiences” (Jim Julius and Lisa M Lane ) OC4802

The array of learning resources and experiences designed for educators interested in online, hybrid, and web-enhanced teaching can be overwhelming! During this workshop, facilitators from the Program for Online Teaching and MiraCosta Online Education will provide a thoughtful overview of the many online and in-person opportunities available to you locally and online. Hear about POT’s Certificate program as well as informal First Friday discussions and all the great resources on the POT website. Review the online Blackboard tutorials and workshops from Online Education, and provide input into the design of new professional development for MiraCostans. We’ll also take a look at external online resources ranging from lengthy, more formal courses to great free sources for webinars, email updates, and online resources. We’ll discuss using social networking tools such as Facebook and Twitter to build personal learning networks that can provide you with a personal filter of the latest and greatest resources, research, and advice for effective and creative online teaching. Finally, we’ll review how these various options fit within Flex.

Wednesday, Jan 8  1:30 pm-2:50 pm: “Collaborative Work Using Google”  (Robert Kelley, Laura Paciorek and  Jim Julius)  OC4804

Discover new opportunities for collaboration (e.g., in your onsite, hybrid, and online courses) and making your life simpler, using Google Docs and Sites.  We’ll cover activities for building community, the benefits of using Google Docs for posting assignments and grading rubrics (that can be updated ‘live’ and posted in more than one place), getting student input via surveys (e.g., to fuel a subsequent class discussion), and you’ll have plenty of time for guided hands on activities – to see for yourself – how easy it is to use Google Docs to share ideas and collaborate on projects (e.g., editing a shared document, presentation, spreadsheet, or site).  By the end of the workshop, you’ll have several ideas for making your classes run smoother and with greater collaboration opportunities, plus the “know how” to make it happen.

Thursday, Jan 9 – 7-7:50 pm  ”The Magic of Video Clips – tips and tricks for YouTube” (Lisa M. Lane & Todd Conaway) Online

In this online session in Collaborate, we’ll focus on YouTube and how to work with it for both online and on-site classes. YouTube has a wealth of video materials of varying quality, and to fit our pedagogy adaptations are frequently needed. Done well, video clips can enhance the learning experience in line with text and other instructional methods. Tips and tricks will include downloading videos for future use, setting start and end times, creating playlists, forcing high definition, uploading fair use clips, watching videos online with your students, and embedding effectively.  

Sign up for flex at http://www.miracosta.edu/flex

Student Online Orientations

Student Services sessions to help online students, on campus.

Student Orientation to Online Learning 
Jim Julius & Laura Paciorek

Tuesday January 14, 2 – 3 pm OC 1201

Wednesday January 15, 2 – 3 pm SAN 107

Thursday January 16, 2:45 – 3:45 pm OC 1201

Tuesday January 21, 12 – 1 pm SAN 107

Thursday January 23,  2:45 – 3:45 pm OC 1201

Wednesday January 29,  12 – 1 pm OC 1201

POT Certificate Class: Online Education

The Online Education semester, focusing on multimedia and educational theory, begins on February 1. This free professional development class should be of special interest to those already teaching online, though beginners are also welcome if they are ready to set up their own blog to post work. And it’s taught by our own volunteer POT faculty.

Please see http://bit.ly/potcert13 for more information and to register.

New for flex credit: POT Reading List!

You may already know you can earn flex hours for viewing POT videos, but now we’ve added the POT Reading List.

The rules are the same: you must do your reading on your own time and post a reflection. See the Get Flex Credit page for details.

A Couple of Cool MOOCs

In addition to the POT Certificate Class, there are two open, online classes of interest to online instructors this semester. “MOOC” stands for Massive Open Online Class.

Deeper Learning MOOC

A free, flexible, nine-week online course that will allow K-16 educators to learn about how deeper learning can be put into practice.

Rhizomatic Learning

Based on the idea that “the community is the curriculum”, a conversation about learning theory with Dave Cormier.

Happy online, hybrid and technology-enhanced teaching,

Lisa

 

POT Newsletter #50 (November 2013)

It’s our 50th newsletter!

What workshops would you like?

The Program for Online Teaching offers on-campus workshops (during flex week and the regular semester) on the pedagogy of teaching online and using educational technologies in the classroom.

We’ve got a quick little text box at the POT website (http://mccpot.org/wp) – please let us know what workshops you would like us to offer in Spring.

Getting flex credit for POT

Did you know that you can get flex hours for most things related to POT? Most are pre-approved as Category II activities, such as participation in the POT Cert Class. We also have Category I workshops and Cateogories II and III activities. Keep reading for more!

Moodle workshop Friday, December 13 at 2:00

Moodle is the MiraCosta-sponsored alternative to Blackboard. Based on a social constructivist pedagogy, Moodle offers an “opt-in” system, where you add what features you want to your class. Support is provided by an outside vendor to which MiraCosta subscribes. All the tools are there: assignments, gradebook, embedded media, linking out to other stuff. Moodle is laid out more like a syllabus, week by week, and many faculty find it easier to use. Both the Moodle-curious and experienced Moodlers are invited to this workshop.

Sign up at flex (http://www.miracosta.edu/flex) after December 1.

Online Education: POT Certificate Class (Spring Semester) starts February 1.

The POT Certificate Class’ first semester (Online Pedagogy) is winding down at the class website (http://bit.ly/potcert13).

The second semester, which can be taken separately for an Online Education badge, is free, faculty-taught, and focuses on online media tools, networked educating, and online educational theory. While it’s not the “how to teach online” semester, the Online Education section provides 12 weeks of guided readings and viewings, plus a great but smaller-sized community of educators from MiraCosta and other colleges around the world. We start February 1.

A textbook is required but we have copies of it in the PDP office, and an e-text of it at the library’s website.

As a MiraCosta College faculty member, you may claim flex credit for the reading, creating and blogging involved in the class. The POT Cert Class is a pre-approved Category II activity. Participants and certificate students may claim credit at the end of the year by putting the URL of their blog in the “Location” field on the Category II form at http://www. miracosta.edu/flex, and uploading a pdf or screenshot of the main page of their blog. Both full-time and associate faculty are welcome in this program. At 4-5 hours per week, possible participation may total a large portion of the flex contract for full-time faculty.

Come by the website at http://bit.ly/potcert13 and, if it looks interesting to you, just fill out the blue link: Register for Spring.

Tech we’re playing with (free, of course)

Plotagon – this is a downloadable free program for making animated videos using text-to-speech. Select your avatars and location, and type in the conversation. The program converts the text to speech, and the avatars can talk to each other using selected “moods” (happy, angry, serious, etc.). https://plotagon.com/.

Present.me – this online service allows you to have a presentation with one side of the screen showing a video of your talking, and the other showing your slides. https://present.me/

Togethertube is a way to watch Youtube videos with a group. No need for registration or login and everyone can text chat during the movie.

New at the POT website

Mike Bogle’s excellent Moodle 2 video tutorials

Moodle tools guide (organized according to teaching use)

Newly recommended videos at YouTube

Creating a custom map with Google Maps (http://mccpot.org/wp/2013/11/creating-a-custom-map-with-google-maps/)

Giving students audio comments in Google Docs (by Jennifer Roberts) http://youtu.be/Llv1Nh4Om0c

Tip of the Newsletter: Showing a clip from a YouTube video

When you choose Share -> Embed on a YouTube video to show to your students a video inside Blackboard or Moodle, YouTube give you code that looks like this:

 <iframe width="560" height="315" src="//www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/vhAH53HZhxI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

But what if you want to show just a portion of that video? If you want to show just an excerpt, you can use a service like Splicd, where you enter the YouTube video’s URL and the start and stop times and it gives you the code. It looks like this:

<object width="425" height="344"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/vhAH53HZhxI&start=60&end=120"></param>
<param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param>
<embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/vhAH53HZhxI&start=60&end=120" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true" width="425" height="344"></embed>
</object>
<div style="text-align: right; margin-top: 3px; width: 425px; height: 344px;">
<a href="http://splicd.com" style="color: rgb(85, 85, 85); font-size: 13px; text-decoration: none; font-family: Helvetica,sans-serif;">powered by <span style="color: rgb(200, 91, 0);">Splicd.com</span></a></div>

What is Splicd doing?

First, it’s taking credit in its own URL. 🙂 But it’s also adding the start and end times:

&start=60&end=120

You can do this yourself. Just add these to YouTube’s simpler code:

 <iframe width="560" height="315" src="//www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/vhAH53HZhxI&start=60&end=120" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

POT will be offering a workshop about YouTube in spring – stay tuned!

Help wanted!

POT is seeking volunteers to facilitate cool workshops, help teach the POT Cert class, assist with the website, and undertake other (flex-eligible) tasks. Have you been teaching online for a year or more, and are willing to share what you do with others? Do you have experience with an unusual tool or technique? Or maybe you just have a little time to comment on other people’s posts in the POT Cert class as they work their way through?  Contact Lisa and volunteer for Spring!

Happy online, hybrid, and technology-enhanced teaching,

Lisa

 

 

POT Newsletter #49 (August 2013)

Fall Flex 2013 is Monday, 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 at the flex website.

POT Online Teaching Certificate Class starts September 1

The POT Cert class returns for its fourth year, helping faculty from everywhere 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
  • participation in a community with participants from all over the world
  • participant documentation and reflection
  • maximum flex hours

For more information, see the class website at http://pedagogyfirst.org/wppf13. To join the class, email Lisa.

Two POT workshops/discussions in Fall

Friday, Sept 13 2-3:20pm Student engagement online, Room TBA at Oceanside

This time of the semester, some students are starting to fade from our online sections. Despite the traditionally higher drop rate for online classes, there are ways to help those who are losing interest, getting lost, or just “forgetting” to attend. Come discuss what factors can help keep students engaged in online classes. Please bring your own ideas for discussion – successes, challenges, and things you’re trying.
Friday, Oct 11 2-3:20 pm Skills and tools for online instructors, Room TBA at Oceanside
At this workshop, we’ll demo some free internet tools that can be used for online classes, and talk about ways in which we can learn new skills through networking. Because we’ll have a hands-on component, registration is limited to 24. Please also bring  your own ideas for tools you’re using or would like to use.

Moodle 2: Best Online Class!

@ONE’s Joan van Duzer teaches the best Moodle 2 class around October 14-November 18. See http://www.onefortraining.org/node/669 for more information. Fee is $65.

Web app of the month

Educlipper is a new, free web 2.0 application that, like Pinterest, allows you to clip from the web (or your own files, images, and pdfs) to create online boards in various subjects. Image resolution is excellent, and the community is focused on education rather than hobbies.

Happy online, hybrid and technology-enhanced teaching,

Lisa

POT Newsletter #48 (May 2013)

Program for Online Teaching Newsletter #48

     May 2013

 

 

Congratulations!


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,

Lisa

POT Newsletter #47 (April 2013)

Program for Online Teaching Newsletter #47

     April 2013


First Fridays: This Friday plus one more!

Laura Paciorek and Jo Moore, facilitators

Apr. 5 – 3:00 – 3:50 (1 hour) Making Your Mark – Personalizing Courses
OC4803a computer lab 

Have you ever wondered how to make your courses reflect how you are as an instructor?  Do you have questions about how you might be able to make some of your content in a place like a blog or website? 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.

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!

Moodle 2 training

Two opportunities coming up for training in Moodle 2, which all Moodle users are being switched to for summer.

1. Now (started April 1): Here’s a 5-week $59 class offered in Moodle by Dr. Nellie Deutsch:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1-UzW0IJj8U8KdeTuzU5iKvblmqNU0h1c5xyujAEXUkI/edit?usp=sharing

2. May 10: Jim Julius reports that Moodlerooms will offer training: a 90-minute online session on Moodle 2 free for MiraCostans. It will be on May 10, 1-2:30 pm. We’ll host people in the TIC or it can be accessed online. Details to come as the date gets closer.

3. July 8-August 2@ONE Moodle 2 class (this fills fast -sign up now!)  $65

Open course in Technology-Enhanced Learning

Beginning April 4, the Association for Learning Technology offers a free 11-week class in technology-enhanced learning for Higher Education.

Fall flex POT workshops

We are in the planning stages for offering a set of pedagogy workshops on Creativity in Online Teaching, including sessions on creativity when starting out, for presentation, for discussion and interactivity, and for student-led projects. Cost will be a mere $5/workshop or $15 for all sessions including lunch. More to come!

Great reading/viewing at the POT Cert Class

We are wrapping up the final weeks for this year’s POT Certificate Class. Participants are working on complex issues of theory and design. Come check it out at Pedagogy First!

Readings for online instructors

A selection of some current views:

  • In February, a paper issued from Teachers College’s Community College Research Center found that males, black students and students with lower levels of academic preparation experienced “significantly stronger negative coefficients for online learning compared with their counterparts, in terms of both course persistence and course grade.” More here…
  • Bob Barrett’s paper  Creating Structure out of Chaos in a Virtual Learning Environment to Meet the Needs of Today’s Adult Learner (2013) examines student’s response to the new trend toward student-centered versus instructor-centered learning.
  • A post from Miguel Guhlin on a new Google Group that discusses using Google as an LMS.
  • Lisa blogs about the bill in the California Legislature to create a faculty-free New University of California using MOOCs, and why plutocracy loves the new online model.

A couple of cool tools

  • Wallflux lets you get a feed from a Facebook group (like the one for a class) and embed it in a webpage or LMS.
  • Wigflip makes bits of code for you to do things like add sticky notes and speech bubbles.

Happy online, hybrid, and technology-enhanced teaching,

Lisa

 

 

POT Newsletter #46 (January 2013)


  Program for Online Teaching Newsletter #46

     January 2013

 


Moodle 2 workshop is Tuesday 2-3:20 – attend on campus OC4607 or online!

MiraCosta will switch to Moodle 2 this summer, and it’s a very different animal. Jim Julius’ workshop “Introducing the New Moodle” this Tuesday, is now open for online attendance, for the same flex credit. Training is provided remotely by Moodlerooms. To log in to the online version of the workshop:

https://www3.gotomeeting.com/join/996529438

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

Meeting ID: 996-529-438

Sign up now at the flex website.

POT flex on Thursday

11:15 Screencasting for Educators (1.5 hours – OC 4804) Robert Kelley and Shafin Ali — this workshop is full!

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).  This is a hands-on workshop.

1:00 Blackboard vs Moodle Smack Down (1 hour – OC 4809) Pilar Hernandez vs Lisa M Lane

The ultimate contest between our two learning management systems. Blackboard and Moodle go head to head on the most challenging jobs of the online instructor. Which is best for you? Keep score to find out! (Betting is not permitted on college grounds.)

2:00 Top 10 Resources for Teaching Online (1 hour – OC 4809) Lisa M Lane, Pilar Hernandez, Robert Kelley and Laura Paciorek

Have a question about online teaching but don’t know where to go? Just starting teaching online and want to know where to start? Been teaching online awhile but want to try a new tool? Need tutorials on Blackboard or information on how to earn flex credit watching videos about online teaching? We will explore a number of resources collected by the Program for Online Teaching.

3:00 Open discussion on online teaching (1 hour – OC 4809) Laura Paciorek and Jo Moore

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. This discussion 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.

First Fridays during Spring semester

Get great ideas and renew enthusiasm at our on-campus First Friday workshops. Join the community for discussing online teaching, with hosts Laura Paciorek and Jo Moore.

Feb. 1 – 3:00 – 4:20 (1.5 hours) – POT Discussion and Hands-On – Content Resources

Have you always wondered what neat content/information resources are out there for your classes?  Are you looking for high quality videos, animations, or articles?  This discussion and work workshop will give us a chance to learn about and share content resources that we could use in teaching our classes. If you have an idea of a content resource to share, please bring the idea along with you.  The focus of these is on learning from one another.  We will save the last part of the workshop to actually work on finding things or looking at the tools discussed.  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! This workshop benefits faculty by giving them ideas that may improve instruction.

Mar. 1 – 3:00 – 4:20 (1.5 hours) – POT Discussion and Hands-On – Tool Resources

Have you ever heard about some neat technology tools out there, but haven’t had time to try them?  Do you feel new to the idea of teaching online with technology tools outside of the course management system?  This discussion and work workshop will give us a chance to learn about and share technology tools that we could use in teaching our classes. If you have an idea of a tool to share, please bring the idea along with you.  The focus of these is on learning from one another.  We will save the last part of the workshop to actually work on finding things or looking at the tools discussed.  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! This workshop benefits faculty by giving them ideas that may improve instruction.

Apr. 5 – 3:00 – 3:50 (1 hour) – POT Making Your Mark – Personalizing Courses

Have you ever wondered how to make your courses reflect how you are as an instructor?  Do you have questions about how you might be able to make some of your content in a place like a blog or website? 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.

May 3 – 3:00 – 3:50 (1 hour) – POT First Friday – Wrap Up/Renewal

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.

Free Educational Technology class starts soon!

Educator extraordinaire Alec Couros is hosting a Massive Open Online Class in educational technology, starting January 13. Alec is a master teacher, whose connections to the online educational community (both K-12 and college) are far-reaching. Unlike the MOOCs you read about in the New York Times, this class is not-for-profit and its sole purpose is learning and forming community among teachers who want to improve their skills in using the latest technologies.

Check out http://etmooc.org for more information.

Flex credit opportunities

We know that our flex obligation has increased, and POT can help. If you teach online, might teach online someday, or want to use educational technology as part of your classroom, POT has resources and workshops that count for flex. Check out our Get Flex Credit page for ways to earn flex outside of on-campus workshops. All POT activities are always open to all, full-timers, associates, and faculty from other colleges.

Happy online, hybrid, and technology-enhanced teaching,

Lisa

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
https://www3.gotomeeting.com/join/996529438
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,

Lisa

 

POT Newsletter #44 (October 2012)


Program for Online Teaching Newsletter #44

October 2012

 


POT First Friday is October 5 at Oceanside

Laura Paciorek hosts our successful First Friday workshop series 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!

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?

Future sessions:

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.

Join the Discussion at the POT Cert Class

Join us by commenting at the POT Certificate Class – participants’ posts are collected at our Pedagogy First! blog. Week 5 starts October 7.
Here’s what’s coming up:

Week 5: The Online Syllabus

We’ll be reading Chapter 5: Creating an Effective Online Syllabus in our textbook (Ko and Rossen’s Teaching Online, available in the library or in the PDP office) and discussing due dates, participation, task sequence, scheduling, and creating a syllabus. We’ll also teach about creating an interactive syllabus.

Week 6: Internet Skills and Tools

We’ll be taking a quick Internet Skills quiz and exploring  Dave Raggett’s Introduction to HTML, learning about RSS feeds and setting up a newsreader account. We’ll also teach how to embed a video in a WordPress.com blog.

Week 7: The Online Classroom

We’ll be reading Chapter 6: Building an Online Classroom, to p. 159, and discussing adapting favorite teaching strategies to the online environment, whether it’s best to work in units or weeks, how much of the course one should make visible in advance, and how to handle pacing and class size. We’ll also try Twitter and teaching about building community in online classes.

Week 8: Creating Community

We’ll finish up Chapter 6, focusing on setting up communications with and among students, using quizmakers and gradebooks, tracking students, and issues in creating an online student lounge. We will also discuss how best to handle synchronous sessions, and explore Voicethread. Suggesting readings will be included on imagining a post-LMS era of open learning.

You do not need to be registered in the course to participate – just read and comment to join the conversation!

At the POT website

Check the POT website for videos of our workshops on August 14. So far, Creating Meaningful Discussion in Blackboard and Screencasting with Screenr are available. More are being added weekly. We also have information, tutorials, a Cool Tools list, and much more to help online instructors.

Don’t forget that viewing and reflecting on POT videos can count for flex. See our Get flex credit! page for details.

Quickie $40 2-week Moodle class if you act fast!

Nellie Deutsch of Integrating Technology for LifeLong Learning is offering a course to the first 15 people to sign up. The first week you’ll experience being a student in Moodle. The second week you’ll have teacher rights.

Check it out at http://www.integrating-technology.org/course/view.php?id=421.

Tool of the Month

Lately there has been a lot of interest in “pinboards”, websites where people can share images from across the web or from their own work, and put them together on a single page with information and commenting. The big name right now in pinboards is Pinterest.

 

Happy online, hybrid and technology-enhanced teaching,

Lisa