Message From The Director
The OTAN Advisory Committee (OAC) convenes biannually to provide relevant and purposeful feedback and guidance to OTAN from the adult education field. The team of technology-affiliated partners, administrators, and teachers from California and beyond met most recently in mid-March. This year, OTAN has used OAC feedback to launch curriculum pilots for Achieve 3000, New Readers Press pre-HSE and Hi-SET courses, and Voxy EnGen. OTAN has also launched a Canvas learning management pilot including Canvas instances for 24 agencies and 5,000 student licenses. Monitoring this pilot closely, OTAN hopes that early outcomes will lead to expanded instances and licensing.
Some upcoming goals for OTAN and discussed with OAC include the development of an adult education-focused distance learning guidance document, expanded curriculum offers and training for administrators and teachers on the Canvas LMS, and development of web articles or videos highlighting accessibility features for websites and documents. OAC has also recommended expanding the number of teachers and inviting students or recent alumni to sit on the advisory committee. With that in mind, for the teachers reading this, I'd like you to consider whether serving on the OAC is something that you or perhaps one of your students feels called to do. If so, email firstname.lastname@example.org and one of our staff will be in touch soon.
As always, I invite you to stay engaged with OTAN to meet all your ed tech, distance, and blended learning needs! Be safe and well!