October 26, 2010
Vol. 2, No. 2
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Call for Proposals: Technology and Distance Learning Symposium

OTAC

OTAN will host a Technology and Distance Learning Symposium on February 25-6, 2011, at Hacienda La Puente, Willows Campus.  We would like to have a variety of presentations on topics related to classroom technology and distance learning, and the call for proposals is now available online. Proposals are due by December 3, 2010.

There will be strands for technology, distance learning, administrators, and program areas such as ABE, ESL, ASE and CTE. John Fleischman, Assistant Superintendent at the Sacramento County Office of Education and Executive Director of OTAN, will be the keynote speaker, addressing the future of technology and online learning in adult education.

To see what has been offered in previous symposia, schedules, handouts and videos of presentations from 2009 and 2007 are available on the OTAN Web site. Presenters will be notified by December 15, 2010.

For more information, contact Branka Marceta, bmarceta@otan.us or 800-894-3113.

New Distance Learning Coordinator

Penny Pearson

OTAN is very happy to announce the appointment of Penny Pearson as the new Distance Learning Coordinator. Penny has been with OTAN as a Project Specialist II, managing our Moodle course management service and our online meeting services, as well as multiple other responsibilities. In her new capacity, she will be responsible for the Online Teaching Academy, the development and piloting of sharable Moodle courses, the online Distance Learning Forum, and she will be one of the coordinators of the Technology and Distance Learning Symposium at Hacienda La Puente on February 25-6, 2011.

Penny has a deep knowledge of online instruction, course development, and especially the ins and outs of Moodle, and has been training teachers on Moodle for several years. OTAN is now hosting close to 300 courses on our Moodle server, and Penny has been a good resource for the many adult education teachers who are moving all or part of their curriculum to an online environment. She has been providing training and project coordination at OTAN since 2007. Previously she taught computer courses at Winterstein Adult School in the San Juan district, as well as teaching a technology course for vocational instructors at California State University Sacramento.

COABE 2011: Call for Proposals and Award Nominations

COABE

The Commission on Adult Basic Education (COABE) will hold its annual conference jointly with the California Council of Adult Education (CCAE). The conference will be held in San Franscisco, CA April 17-21, 2011. COABE has announced open nominations for the 2011 Awards and a Call For Proposals for the 2011 COABE CCAE National Conference

Proposals are due November 15, 2010 and may be for Panel Discussions, Interactive Learning Sessions, Lecture Presentations and/or Poster Sessions.  Additional information is available here.  Proposals are also being accepted for the Pre-Conference, which be held Sunday, April 17, 2011.

The COABE Awards program, which also provides incentive grants and scholarships, recognizes outstanding individuals and programs on a national level in the following categories:

  • Administrator of the Year
  • ABE/GED Student of the Year
  • Outstanding Teacher of the Year
  • Outstanding Workplace Literacy Program
  • Partner in Adult Learning Service Program
  • Promoting Literacy at the National and International Level

See this OTAN News item for more information.

OVAE Announces Launch of LINCS

The U.S. Department of Education, Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE), has announced the launch of the new website for the Literacy Information and Communicaton System (LINCS). Formerly funded under the National Institute for Literacy, LINCS provides services for the adult education and literacy community. Visit the website to access all the resources and publications released by the National Institute for Literacy, including many publications that were recently released; view the archives of webcasts; and find many other informative resources for adult and family literacy programs.

The former NIFL email discussion lists will continue to share information and host guest speakers and webcasts. If you were subscribed to a NIFL list, you have been automatically moved to the corresponding LINCS list. If you would like more information about the various lists and events available, you will find it on the LINCS Web site.

Upcoming Face-to-Face Workshop

  • 11/4 - USA Learns: A Web Based Tool for ESL Learners
    3:30p – 5:00p
  • 11/4 - Using Cell Phones to Enhance Learning
    Thursday, Nov. 11, 6:00p – 7:30p
  • 11/18 - Moodle: Creating Assignments
    4:00p – 5:30p
  • 11/18 - Online Forms - Collecting, Analyzing and Sharing Data
    2:00p – 3:30p
  • 11/19 - Create FREE Online Quizzes
    3:00p – 4:30p
  • 11/19 - Moodle: Using the Lesson Activity
    1:00p – 2:30p

Register for Workshops

Upcoming Webinars

  • 11/4 - USA Learns: A Web Based Tool for ESL Learner
    3:30p – 5:00p
  • 11/4 - Using Cell Phones to Enhance Learning
    6:00p – 7:30p
  • 11/18 - Moodle: Creating Assignments
    4:00p – 5:30p
  • 11/18 - Online Forms - Collecting, Analyzing and Sharing Data
    2:00p – 3:30p
  • 11/19 - Create FREE Online Quizzes
    3:00p – 4:30p
  • 11/19 - Moodle: Using the Lesson Activity
    1:00p – 2:30p

Register for Workshops

Now Hiring Project Specialist

Penny's previous position, Project Specialist II, Technology Projects, is now posted on the Sacramento County Office of Education Web site. The person in this position will manage and also provide OTAN workshops and webinars, along with a variety of other responsibilities, including making presentations at conferences, maintaining data, and writing reports.  For further information, contact Marian Thacher, Director, at 800-894-3113 or mthacher@otan.us.

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