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Leading adult education through support for and the effective application of technology.


We are pleased to present the California Adult Education Digital Learning Guidance, a collaborative effort toward implementing effective and meaningful digital learning experiences within adult education.

This guidance is meant to serve as a practical resource for the many individuals who support adult learners—classroom teachers, classified and support staff, counselors and transition specialists, school administrators, and consortium members in designing and implementing digital learning experiences with adult learners in mind.

Funding for this guidance came from the California Department of Education through Workforce Innovation and Opportunity, Title II: Adult Education and Family Literacy Act, which supports workforce education programs across the nation.

To ensure this guidance includes practical, research-based, and timely content, we gathered input from state and national experts in the field of adult education, along with educators, counselors, support staff, and school leaders at adult education programs within the state of California. We are grateful for the work of our advisory group members, partner organizations, and draft reviewers. We are particularly grateful for the contributions of the California educators who shared their experiences with us.

We would like to gratefully acknowledge the coordinating project teams from the Outreach and Technical Assistance Network and the International Society for Technology in Education for putting the vision of this project into action.

We hope that this guidance is a practical resource for leveraging digital materials, resources, and tools to design effective and transformative learning experiences for adult learners in the state of California and beyond.


Carolyn Zachry, Ed.D.
Education Administrator and State Director
Adult Education Office
California Department of Education
(916) 322-2175

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OTAN activities are funded by contract CN220124 from the Adult Education Office, in the Career & College Transition Division, California Department of Education, with funds provided through Federal P.L., 105-220, Section 223. However, OTAN content does not necessarily reflect the position of that department or the U.S. Department of Education.