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February 2020

Administrators' Digest

Volume 11, Number 2
February 2020


OTAN’s annual Technology and Distance Learning Symposium (TDLS) will take place March 6 and 7 at the Charles A. Jones Career & Education Center in Sacramento, and registration for TDLS is closing soon!

TDLS is OTAN’s two-day conference with dynamic, hands-on presentations that show participants how to integrate technology to enhance the learner experience, extend the classroom to learners through blended/distance learning, and help adult education programs be more effective and efficient. Find out more about TDLS at the TDLS website.

Registration is limited to the first 250 registrants (and registration is over 80% full). The fee to register is $35.00 per person, which includes breakfast and lunch both days. To register, please visit this registration page on the TDLS website. And please encourage your colleagues to attend by sharing this TDLS 2020 flyer.

As one of California’s three adult education state leadership projects, OTAN is here to serve you! Contact us at or 916-228-2580.  


Nominate a Deserving Student for the Adult Education Students Succeed Program

The nomination period for the 2020 Adult Education Students Succeed Program is open.

Census 2020 Is Almost Here!

Census Day 2020 – April 1 – is quickly approaching.

Making Sense of the Credentials Landscape

In the last few years, those in the adult education field have been discussing the importance of credentials that are useful for the workforce and further education. However, the credentials landscape is a bit like the Wild West and not always easy to make sense of.

Better Understanding Personalized Learning

One of the advantages of technology is that it can be used to personalize a student’s learning, providing resources and activities that are tailored to a student’s needs and that supplement what a student is learning with other students through whole-group instruction.

Helping Get Over Our Fear of Change

Technology is a considerable driver for change, not just in schools and workplaces but in all aspects of our lives. With change, though, comes fear. We can’t let our fear of technology, however, get in the way of preparing our students for their lives beyond adult education.


Date/Time Event Location
Fri, Feb 7
12:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Internet and Digital Safety Awareness El Monte Rosemead Adult Education
Ramona Campus
Thu, Feb 13
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Developing Virtual Reality Lessons MiraCosta College Community Learning Center
Fri, Feb 14
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
OTAN Tech Talks - Internet Safety for Students and Teacher Online - Zoom
Fri, Feb 21
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Learn 360: Resources for Adult Education Online - Zoom
Fri, Mar 6
7:30 AM - 4:10 PM
Sat, Mar 7
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Technology and Distance Learning Symposium 2020 (TDLS) Charles A. Jones Career & Education Center
TDLS Website
Mon, Mar 9
5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Google Forms and Quizzes Hacienda La Puente
Dibble Campus
Tue, Mar 10
8:30 AM - 11:45 AM
Google Forms and Quizzes Hacienda La Puente
Dibble Campus
Fri, Mar 13
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
OTAN Tech Talks - Video Messaging with Loom Online - Zoom

OTAN training events are OPEN to Adult Education staff.
★ = CLOSED, In-Service Training


Did you know OTAN provides FREE professional development workshops related to technology for Adult Educators?

Think about scheduling Professional Development for this 2019-2020 school year. With a wide-variety of technology topics in their arsenal, OTAN training staff will go to any WIOA-funded adult education program in CA that has a computer lab or devices connected to the Internet.

All of OTAN's workshops are provided at no-cost!
Each three-hour session is hands-on - everyone will learn new skills related to technology or using technology that they can use in their adult education class or program. And all of OTAN's face-to-face workshops can be tailored to fit the needs of the requesting program. Select the link to see a list of the current face-to-face workshops and, remember, if you don't see a workshop that "floats your boat" contact OTAN - we'll create what you and your staff need!

OTAN's Face-to-Face Workshops

OTAN also offers short, online workshops to meet the demands of busy adult educators. Click on the link to see our list of online workshops and webinars: Online Workshops & Webinars

All of OTAN workshops are free! Read more about OTAN Training and select Face-to-Face or Online workshops options to view complete workshop lists including descriptions and prerequisites.

Need more information? Contact OTAN training staff anytime by phone or email at 916-228-2580 and

To view workshops already scheduled, visit the California Adult Education Professional Development Calendar and search for workshops sponsored by OTAN. Don't miss any!

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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.