Message From The Director
Digital resiliency is having the awareness, skills, agility, and confidence to be empowered users of technology and to be able to use those attributes to adapt to changing digital skill demands. Hopefully, you were able to attend the recent CASAS Summer Institute either in-person or virtually and engage with the inspiring keynote address by World Education's Jamie Harris as she spoke to the importance of digital resilience for active participation in today's society and the economy. The keynote address tied in perfectly to the exciting California Adult Education Digital Learning Guidance (CAEDLG) work that OTAN has been developing with the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) over the past six months. With equitable access, appropriate content, and prepared educators and support staff, our adult students will gain the digital skills they need to be resilient.
The CAEDLG literature review findings indicated that there is no significant difference between instructional settings (e.g., blended, distance, in-person). Rather, course quality, instructional design, meaningful interactions, pedagogical methods, student characteristics, and support structures provide more meaningful impact on student learning outcomes. The CAEDLG is divided into six easily readable chapters addressing topics such as ensuring equity and access, designing flexible learning experiences, and adopting models that work. Written vignettes throughout the guidance demonstrate how educators are currently using the guidance in their own classrooms. Have I piqued your interest? OTAN is eager to share this new resource with the field and is looking forward to providing professional development aligned to the guidance. More to come soon!
Director, Adult Education