Lisa M. Lane


I teach history at MiraCosta College in Oceanside, California. I've been here since 1989, and teaching both on-site and online for almost 20 years.

I formerly directed the Program for Online Teaching from 2005-2017, helping online instructors teach creatively in an online environment.

I blog at Lisa's (Online) Teaching & History Blog.

See my Curriculum Vita .

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Student Reviews (unsolicited!)

"I sincerely enjoyed the class. Even though it was challenging in regard to the time frame I did not regret a single minute spent. Learning history via primary sources was an amazing experience, like a full immersion in the epoch. I felt the breath of the time and went through the whole rainbow of feelings reading, listening, and watching the materials of your very well organized lectures. I learned and understood so much more about the American nation. I admired and hated great persons of those times and empathized with American people. I felt entirely involved laughing and crying at multiple works of art like music, painting, cinema, snd fashion. I have even reviewed a few old movies. I loved the class and I will miss it. I am so grateful for the remarkable experience, thank you!"

Daria Sharko, History 111, Summer 2020 student

"I don't think I have ever encountered a more interactive and involved history class and I am incredibly happy with what I've been able to take away from the experience."

Aisha Shah, History 104, Fall 2017 student

"When I first signed up, my preconceptions of a Technology based history course were that of memorizing inventions, dates, etc.... I very much enjoyed how you presented the material in a way that encourages critical and independent thinking!!!"

Brandon Miranda, History 106, Spring 2017 student

"Ms. Lanes online class was very informative, and easy to pass if you are paying attention and investing time. She is not a tough grader but she does want you to know the information and the way she goes about it allows you to do your own research and gain your own point of view instead of just listening to someone else."

Fall 2016 student on

"I thoroughly enjoyed this class. I've never taken an online class that engages everyone the way this one did."

Lindsay Lambson, History 111, Spring 2014 student

"[This class has] given me a new appreciation for the online format."

Miles Stanley, History 105, Fall 2012 student

"I am really enjoying the format and materials presented and this is directly related to my success. Your class I set up in a way that allows students to contribute a great deal to our own learning outcomes and I like that. We are not only learning about each era and fundamental theme of that era but we are also able to pursue what interests us in history. It is very cool to have the freedom to dictate our own instruction and I feel that I have been responding well to the liberty."

John Pool Jr., History 104, Fall 2012 student

"It's great getting to search for my own primary sources and get to find my own interests in them and share them with the class."

Jackie Clark, History 111, Spring 2012 student

"Lisa Lane is that rare combination of a teacher that both knows the material and knows how to teach. She gives constant feedback on your performance, allowing you to successfully challenge yourself. I would highly recommend this class."

Spring 2012 student at

"This type of class environment fosters a learning experience unlike that held in an actual classroom. The versatility and flexibility to access the material when and wherever convenient, with the rich content and lecture components, truly makes this a superior learning platform which students are able to thrive from."

Cory Wilkinson, History 111, Spring 2011 student

"I have gotten more out of this history class than any other and know it is because of your teaching style. Themes help history make sense and because of that I am more motivated to keep learning and developing ideas. Each week I log in several times and am working hard because I don't feel like I am going to learn and then forget once class is over. =)"

Candace Sisson, History 111, Spring 2011 student

"It has been a real eye-opening semester and I'm thankful you teach this class in the way you do, since most of the history classes I have taken before just emphasize historical facts and events and fail to make the broad connections you encourage this class to make!"

Laura C, Fall 2010 student

"This class has taught me to think critically which has helped me in my other classes."

Megan Gonzalez, Fall 2010 student

"I am amazed at how well an on-line class can work with student participation, access to professor, lecture and reading materials. It is a well oiled tool of learning."

Terri Petre, Spring 2010 student

"I entered this class with a fear of having to memorize dates but emerged from it with a new understanding of what it means to study history."

Juan Orozco, Fall 2009 student