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OTAN Digest- January 2024

Digest #35
January 2024

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Lesson Plan Builder

Writing Lesson Plans

Use OTAN’s Lesson Plan Builder – an online resource for writing compelling lesson plans. The Lesson Plan Builder assists in brainstorming, planning and at the end downloading a completed plan/unit for your classroom. The WIPPEA model is the process for creating lesson plans/units with Lesson Plan Builder. The acronym WIPPEA represents the first letter of each stage in the lesson planning model: Warm-up, Introduction, Presentation, Practice, Evaluation, and Application. WIPPEA represents a continuous teaching cycle in which each learning concept builds on the previous one, thereby serving as your instructional roadmap. All lessons are then saved within your cost-free account.

Register as a new user and save yourself time.

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Technology and Distance Learning Symposium 2024

Registration is open for TDLS 24. The Technology and Distance Learning Symposium, hosted by OTAN, is an annual conference featuring engaging, interactive presentations and vibrant discussions. This event is designed to demonstrate effective ways of incorporating technology to enrich the learning experience, expand educational reach through a combination of in-person and online learning, Joe Marquesand improve the overall efficiency and effectiveness of adult education programs. This year’s Keynote Speaker is the Director of Academic Innovation for CUE, Joe Marquez.

Accessibility Resources

OTAN is committed to sharing information about accessibility with the adult education field. On our Accessibility Resources, you will find OTAN-developed resources as well as resources you can use to learn more about accessibility and create your own accessible content.

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Hyflex Successes and Challenges
by Francisco Xavier Pinedo Jr.

HyFlex combines the terms hybrid and flexibility. While in hybrid learning, the instructor makes all the decisions about the format, in HyFlex learning is based on students deciding how they would like to be taught.


Let's Continue Classroom Collaboration!
by Cindy Wislofsky

Collaboration. Collaboration Tools. Collaboration Activities. All good terms for working in groups to move learning forward and enhance the learning experience. The California Adult Education Digital Learning Guidance document reminds us that collaborative opportunities are essential for learners in higher education.


Building Teacher Leaders for Enhanced Technology Integration in Adult Education
by Yecsenia Delgado

We live in a fast-paced digital age, where technology has become an integral part of our daily lives. In education, technology has revolutionized the way we access information and communicate with each other. As adult educators, we have witnessed firsthand the transformative power of technology in enhancing learning experiences in our classrooms. Now more than ever, it is crucial to become leaders who can effectively integrate technology into our teaching practices.

California Adult Education Digital Learning Guidance

Best Course Spring Orientation

The ever-popular Building an EdTech Strategy Toolkit (BEST) Course developed by EdTech Center@WorldEd in partnership with OTAN will be offered Spring 2024. Register for the orientation, Friday, January 12, 2024, 12-1:00 pm, for more details about course participation. Discover how the BEST course helps educators develop a strategic approach to designing and implementing technology-based routines for learners. Orientation Registration

Message from the Director

Happy New Year!! OTAN is excited to engage in digital learning opportunities with you and your team in 2024. Here are a few items to add to your calendar:

  • The California Adult Education Students Succeed (CAESS) nominations open January 2 and will close Friday, March 15. Each year, OTAN recognizes students who are successful as a result of the education received at adult education agencies. They inspire and embody a resilient spirit, overcome difficult challenges, contribute to their own communities, and improve their own circumstances. Nominate students from your agency before the deadline!
  • Start your New Year with OTAN’s BEST course. The Building and Ed Tech Strategy Toolkit course’s kickoff is scheduled for January 12, 2024. The orientation/kickoff will provide an overview of the course which helps teachers develop a strategic approach to designing and implementing technology-based routines for their learners.
  • The Technology and Distance Learning Symposium is a favorite of our teachers and support staff because of the practical and easily implementable tools and practices shared by colleagues in the adult education field. It’s also a fan favorite of our administrators because TDLS offers high-quality professional development at an extremely affordable price. Registration is now open and participants are welcome to engage with us in person ($40) or virtually ($20). See you at TDLS in Fremont, CA, on March 1 and 2!
  • What does research say about how to design transformative, inclusive, and effective learning experiences for adult learners and how are California teachers putting this research into practice? Participate in a 7-week facilitated course beginning March 6, 2024, Digital Learning Guidance Course: Harnessing the Power of Online Education, walking you through the California Adult Education Digital Learning Guidance. Learn more about the course in an online information session scheduled for February 21.
  • Mark your calendars for OTAN’s Triple E Framework Course Orientation scheduled for March 8, 2024. The Triple E Framework measures how well a tool or activity engages, enhances, and extends learning. This course is designed to walk instructors through a process of designing lesson plans that incorporate the EEE framework.
  • Start planning your professional development for 2024-25 and 2025-26 now. The 2-year Digital Leadership Academy Cohort (DLAC) will open registration for its next cohort in late spring/early summer (dates TBD). DLAC assists agencies in meeting their technology integration, distance learning, or blended teaching goals. The program is designed to be flexible in how agencies can best use the resources offered by OTAN to support their agency goals. Agencies’ DLAC projects are generally aligned to their Continuous Improvement Plan (CIP) goals.
  • OTAN wants to work with you on custom professional development for your team. Training can be in-person or virtual. Dates for the remainder of 2023-24 and the start of 2024-25 are filling quickly so don’t hesitate to reach out to OTAN at

There are so many trainings, curriculum, and support available from OTAN that it’s impossible to list them all. Reach out to and ask one of our trained technology experts how it is OTAN can help your agency. We look forward to connecting with you soon. Until then, stay true to your resolutions and Happy New Year!

Renee Collins
-Renee Collins
Director, Adult Education


OTAN January and February Events

Date/Time Event Location
Monday, January 8
08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Digital Learning Guidance Course: Harnessing the Power of Digital Teaching Oxnard Adult School
Tuesday, January 9
09:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Using Artificial Intelligence in Adult Education Martinez Adult School
Tuesday, January 9
12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
Canvas Q & A for Administrators and Teachers Zoom Meeting
Tuesday, January 9
12:00 PM - 01:30 PM
Canvas Assignments OTAN Webinar
Friday, January 12
08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
OTAN - Resources for Adult Education! Apple Valley Adult School
Friday, January 12
08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
CK-12 FlexBooks® 2.0 - An Introduction Apple Valley Adult School
Friday, January 12
08:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Canvas: Basics Mt. Diablo Adult Education
Friday, January 12
12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
BEST Course Orientation (Spring) OTAN Course
Tuesday, January 16
12:00 PM - 01:30 PM
Canvas Gradebook & SpeedGrader OTAN Online
Wednesday, January 17
01:00 PM - 02:30 PM
Grab N Go Lessons for Digital Learning OTAN Webinar
Friday, January 19
09:45 AM - 12:30 PM
ChatGPT in Adult Education Bakersfield Adult School
Tuesday, January 23
12:00 PM - 01:30 PM
Creating Outcomes/Rubrics in Canvas OTAN Online
Wednesday, January 24
05:00 PM - 07:30 PM
Using Interactive Whiteboards and Displays in Adult Education Hacienda La Puente AE - Dibble Campus
Thursday, January 25
12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
Canvas Q & A for Administrators and Teachers Zoom Meeting
Tuesday, January 30
12:00 PM - 01:30 PM
Canvas Accessibility OTAN Online
Friday, February 2
09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
ChatGPT in Adult Education Pittsburg Adult School
Friday, February 2
12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
CampGPT - Part 1 OTAN Webinar
Tuesday, February 6
07:30 AM - 07:30 AM
Canvas Q & A for Administrators and Teachers Zoom Meeting
Friday, February 9
08:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Using Artificial Intelligence in Adult Education El Monte Rosemead Adult Education
Thursday, February 15
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Canvas Admins - Setting up a Blueprint or Template OTAN Online
Friday, February 16
12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
CampGPT - Part 2 OTAN Webinar
Thursday, February 22
12:00 AM - 01:00 AM
Canvas Q & A for Administrators and Teachers Zoom Meeting
Thursday, February 22
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Canvas Admins - Setting up a Blueprint or Template OTAN Online
Thursday, February 22
12:30 PM - 02:00 PM
Using AR in Adult Education Santa Ana Community College
Friday, February 23
10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
ChatGPT in Adult Education Saddleback Community College
Thursday, February 29
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Canvas Teachers: Using a Template or Blueprint Course OTAN Online

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

Professional Development - Plan Ahead!

Did you know OTAN provides FREE professional development workshops to help Adult Educators integrate technology?

Think about scheduling OTAN Professional Development in the 2023-2024 school year. With a wide variety of technology topics from which to choose, OTAN training staff can provide in-person workshops or presentations at any approved California adult education agency or professional development event, either online or face-to-face with a computer lab or devices connected to the Internet.

All OTAN's workshops are provided at no cost!

Each 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 OTAN online or face-to-face workshops can be tailored to fit the needs of the requesting program. Select the links to see a list of the current online or face-to-face workshops and descriptions. If you don't see a workshop that is exactly what you need, contact OTAN - we'll work together to create a training that's best for you and your staff!

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

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

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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.