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

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:

Elsewhere

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,

Lisa

 

POT Newletter #42 (July 2012)


Program for Online Teaching Newsletter #42

July 2012

POT All-Day Workshop: Strategies and Tools for Online Teaching

Tuesday, August 14

9:30 am – 3:50 pm, lunch included
Flex time: 6.5 hours

Limited enrollment: 40 participants (contact Lisa if it’s full and you want to get in)
Cost: $20/person includes lunch (sign up in flex and send check made out to MCC Academic Senate (put PDP on memo line) to Debby Adler, MS 8C. Deadline to pay is August 13, or you will lose your spot to someone on the wait list.

Instructors of all levels and styles are welcome to join us for an all-day exploration of the strategies and tools that can be effectively used for online, hybrid or on-site classes that use web technologies. Beginning with developing good course design through individual pedagogy, participants will work hands-on with a
selection of proven teaching tools and explore how they can be used to realize instructional goals.  If you have attended an all-day POT workshop in the past, there will be some new additions this year.

Please bring your laptop computer, tablet or smart phone if you have one – that will open up more computers in some of the sessions.

Participants will receive 6.5 flex hours for participating (attendance of less than 6.5 hours may be recorded on the sign-in sheet).


Other fall flex week workshops of interest to online faculty

Monday, August 13

  • 9 am, OC4612 Bb 101: Introduction to Blackboard
  • 10:30 am, OC4612: Creating Exams and Practice Exercises in Blackboard
  • 1:00 pm, OC4611: Internet Basics I: Critical Concepts & Browser Basics
  • 2:00 pm, OC4611: Internet Basics II: Better, Safer, More Effective Web Browsing and Searching
  • 3:00 pm, SAN107: Bb 101: Introduction to Blackboard

Wednesday, August 15

Thursday, August 16


POT Online Teaching Certificate Class starts September 1

POT offers a very special opportunity to learn how to teach online in our free, year-long, open online class!

Our next class begins on September 1. There is a textbook, 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.

The draft website is currently being put together at http://pedagogyfirst.org/wppf12. If you would like to join us, just email Lisa.

We will also hold a pre-class workshop in the POT Facebook group beginning August 19 – all are welcome.


POT First Fridays at Oceanside 4804

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

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.


Online Tool News

No more Talkback Badge

One of the great tools POT recommends has disappeared. Google’s Talkback Badge could be put on any web page to allow students to instantly chat with you, without downloading or having an account. It’s been discontinued.

This summer we’ve been testing plupper.com, and think it provides a good alternative, although it needs a client (such as iChat for Mac or Miranda for PC) to work. Information and other options can be found on Lisa’s blog.

No more Meebo

Pilar reports that Meebo is also gone, so plupper may provide a solution for that also.

Textbook or Wikipedia Book?

We’ve discovered Wikipedia Books, which allows you to put together (and edit) books for students comprised of collected articles from Wikipedia.

Diigo for student annotations

Diigo, the social bookmarking service, can be used to have students annotate documents. Each student needs a free account, and Diigo will give you a URL for saved documents with annotations so students can see each others’ work. You can even use Diigo’s Educator features to create a class account.

Just need a gradebook?

We’ve been testing a free gradebook, and can recommend Engrade for ease of use. It does set its own student passwords, however, which must be given to the students so they can access their grades. Intended for K-12, even with its new features it’s simple to use.

Add a Twitter widget to Blackboard

Blackboard isn’t always good at taking code from elsewhere and displaying it properly. The trick is to switch to HMTL mode and make sure the Text Editor is disabled. To add a Twitter widget to your Bb 9.1 class, see these instructions.

Create a quick and simple web page

Sometimes you just want to make something available to students on the web. Try checkthis.com.

Sharing web images with Pinterest

The latest tool for selecting and displaying collections of images and videos, kind of like an online poster, is Pinterest. You “pin” images from the web on a page, and can talk about them and share.

 Public Domain resource

Public Domain Review is a website dedicated to curating text, images and video available in the public domain.

 A style guide for citing Wikipedia

Wikipedia has a full page on the formats and methods for citing Wikipedia pages in research and student projects.

 

Happy online teaching and learning!

Lisa