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Upcoming OTAN Activities - Week of March 4

For up-to-date upcoming professional development from OTAN and others, visit the California Adult Education Professional Development Calendar. Nominations accepted until March 15 for the California Students Succeed Awards #CAESS

Upcoming OTAN Activities - Week of February 26

For up-to-date upcoming professional development from OTAN and others, visit the California Adult Education Professional Development Calendar. Nominations accepted until March 15 for the California Students Succeed Awards #CAESS

How AI Reduces the World to Stereotypes

This compelling article written by Victoria Turk on October 10, 2023, highlights that “bias occurs in many algorithms and AI systems- from sexist to racist search results to facial recognition systems that perform worse on Black faces.“ Bloomberg analyzed 5000 generative AI faces and found “images associated with higher-paying job titles featured people with lighter skin tones, and that results for most professional roles were male-dominated.” The article further demonstrates how AI prompts diminishes and flattens representation of a broad spectrum of people from several different countries.

Upcoming OTAN Activities - Week of February 19

For up-to-date upcoming professional development from OTAN and others, visit the California Adult Education Professional Development Calendar. OTAN will be closed Monday, February 19 to commemorate President George Washington’s birthday. Nominations accepted until March 15 for the California Students Succeed Awards #CAESS Deadline to register for Technology and Distance Learning Symposium 2024 #TDLS2024 is February 23.

A SkillRise Resource Collection: An ISTE Initiative

With technology constantly changing work and commerce, to thrive in this digital era, “all adults need to develop the digital competencies needed in today’s workplace.” SkillRise’s mission is to empower Adult Learners and Workforce Organizations. Take a minute to investigate some of their robust materials and resources listed below.

Designing Technology for Adult Learners

Educators realize the extent to which technology can assist with “personalized pathways for learners with special needs and mixed profiles.” Yet, online learning requires self-regulation and discipline. “Adult learners will achieve the most when using digital learning tools if they have additional support and scaffolding.” Research indicates five principles for instructional creators to consider when designing for the adult basic learner.

Upcoming OTAN Activities - Week of February 12

For up-to-date upcoming professional development from OTAN and others, visit the California Adult Education Professional Development Calendar. OTAN will be closed Monday, February 12 to commemorate President Abraham Lincoln’s birthday. Nominations accepted until March 15 for the California Students Succeed Awards #CAESS Deadline to register for Technology and Distance Learning Symposium 2024 #TDLS2024 is February 23.

OTAN will be closed to commemorate President Lincoln's Birthday

OTAN is closed today, February 12th, in remembrance of the heroic President Lincoln. OTAN will reopen February 13th.

The Upshot for Marketers as Social Media Platforms Evolve in 2024

Tips for making the most of social media marketing trends across seven key platforms. If you are the social marketing “guru” for your agency, read on for some updated 2024 trends summarized below. Click here for the full article.

Understanding Teacher Engagement in Blended Learning Environments

The direct relationship between a highly engaged student is a highly engaged teacher. “When teacher engagement dips, it has a negative effect on student engagement. When teacher engagement is high, it positively impacts both student engagement and academic achievement.” It makes sense this is true. Student engagement is “a highly researched topic in education,” in contrast, there is far less research about teacher engagement. This OTAN news item summarizes Dr. Catlin Tucker’s e-book Understanding Teacher Engagement in Blended Learning Environments External Link Icon opens in new window or tab, so leaders can best lead an engaged educator & support staff. This e-book has reflection questions which can easily be adopted into a staff meeting or discussion.

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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.