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OTAN Digest

Digest #19
September 2022

Message From The Director

I hope this message finds you settling well into your new program year! What does your post-pandemic master schedule look like? Are you offering mostly in-person programming or are you offering a mix of instructional settings including blended and remote? How are you integrating technology-rich instructional strategies and resources into these spaces? What technology resources do you find to be most beneficial for your students? How are you arming your instructional teaching and support staff with the skills they need to effectively integrate technology into their courses regardless of the setting?

This fall, OTAN is offering two courses to support your staff with targeted technology integration. The Triple E Framework launches in early September and measures how well a technology tool or activity engages, enhances, and extends learning. OTAN has applied the Triple E Framework specifically to adult education. This course is designed to walk instructors through a process of designing lesson plans that engage, enhance, and extend learning for students. The BEST course, Building an EdTech Strategy Toolkit, starts in October and is designed to walk instructors through a thoughtful process of designing strategic, sustainable instructional routines that leverage edtech and are centered around the factors that most impact their learners. Register for these and other OTAN trainings on the California Adult Education Professional Development site.

Turn to OTAN for your in-person, hybrid, or fully virtual technology training needs. Reach out to OTAN staff by phone or email at 916-228-2580 or Have a great start to your fall!

-Renee Collins
Director, Adult Education

Web-Based Class Activities


Blended Learning in Adult Education
by Debbie Jensen

What will our "new normal" look like post pandemic? What lessons have we learned that we can utilize?


HyFlex Model of Instruction: A Year of Reflection
by Alisa Takeuchi

The HyFlex Model of Instruction integrates in-class instruction with online instruction synchronously and in addition may add an asynchronous option on a learning management system (LMS). For the past year, agencies that have introduced the HyFlex Model to their staff and students have taken careful notes, made changes, and documented successes.


Free Professional Development for Tech Enthusiasts!
by Cindy Wislofsky

OTAN's Digital Leadership Academy (DLAC) is now accepting applications until August 19, 2022 for its fourth cohort (2022-2024 school years).

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The start of the new school year is a great time to remind our colleagues about the resources and services that OTAN provides to the adult education field. Take a look at our back-to-school series of news items to learn more about how we support the effective application of technology in adult education classrooms:

If you have any questions or need more information about any of these OTAN items, please don't hesitate to reach out to us – email us at or call us at 916-228-2580. We are here to support you at the start of and throughout the school year!

OTAN September And October Events

Date/Time Event Location
Thu, Sep 29
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
CDLC - Canvas: Q&A with a Canvas Expert for Teachers Online - Zoom
Fri, Oct 7
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Communication: GMail and More Mt. Diablo Adult Education
Concord, CA
Thu, Oct 13
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
CDLC - Canvas: Q&A with a Canvas Expert for Administrators Online - Zoom
Wed, Oct 19
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Canvas Basics - An Introduction Burbank Adult School
Burbank, CA
Thu, Oct 27
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
CDLC - Canvas: Q&A with a Canvas Expert for Teachers Online - Zoom
Fri, Oct 28
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Use Wakelet in AE Instruction! Online - Zoom
Mon, Oct 31
9 :30 AM - 11:30 AM
Google - Customized! Clovis Adult School
Clovis, CA
Mon, Oct 31
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Google Applied Digital Skills Clovis Adult School
Clovis, CA
Mon, Oct 31
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
OTAN Course: BEST Course Orientation (Fall) Online - Zoom

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 2022-2023 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.