Message from the Director
The CAEP Summit 2023 has just wrapped up for another year and the anchor held strong! In keeping with this year’s theme “Anchoring the State Priorities into Adult Education, OTAN helped anchor the state priority of Technology and Distance Learning at the Summit with 21 presentation offerings including “Tune Up Your Googles”, “Using ChatGPT for Teacher Lesson Support”, “Tips for Engaging All Learners with Digital Literacy” and creating “Scintillating Slides and Powerful Presentations” with AI. With no doubt, everyone was all abuzz about AI. The technology and distance learning sessions addressed each of the CAEP program areas and offered something for everyone.
One of the highlights for me at the Summit was networking with colleagues from around the state. As I asked about AI, I heard from one attendee that their district had put a hard “NO” on the use of AI. Other attendees and agencies tended to be more curious and hopeful. One individual talked about how developing lessons and differentiated instruction with AI would allow more time for her to work directly with students. Another spoke of the possibilities of AI as a coaching tool. For certain, the future will bring much innovation in this area. If you’re interested in learning more or being part of the conversations around AI, consider taking part in the United States Distance Learning Association’s (USDLA) week of complimentary webinar sessions focused on how AI is impacting the industry with respect to education and training.
The USDLA is celebrating distance/digital learning during its 16th Edition of National Distance Learning Week, November 6th-10th, with a free, virtual conference. The theme of this year’s conference webinars will focus on “How Artificial Intelligence is Redefining Distance Learning in the Year 2023”. Everyone is invited to join in on the conversation, all without any cost. There will be two to three sessions per day and each will be recorded for those who can’t make it in person. To see the latest schedule, visit https://usdla.org/2023-ndlw/.
OTAN is also offering training and discussions focused on AI, from our lunch breaks with Jarek Janio, Ph.D. to workshop series addressing AI. Be sure to look for our latest offerings on our Adult Ed Professional Development Calendar or reach out directly to email@example.com to discuss customized, no cost trainings for your site.
Director, Adult Education