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OTAN Digest

Digest #22
December 2022

Message From the Director

'Tis the season to get excited about our favorite savory and sweet holiday treats, gift giving, and celebrating with family and friends. Here at OTAN, staff are excitedly anticipating all that, but they’re also all a buzz about the next Technology and Distance Learning Symposium (TDLS) scheduled for March 3-4, 2023. The Call for Proposals is open now through December 19. Make it your New Year’s resolution to present at TDLS and share new innovations and learning with your adult education colleagues.

After offering a virtual conference for the last 2 years, TDLS is returning with a hybrid model. We encourage you to attend in-person with us at Sweetwater’s Chula Vista Adult School in the greater San Diego area, but also invite you to attend virtually if that option works best for you. Either way, OTAN guarantees dynamic, hands-on presentations and lively discussions that show participants how to integrate technology to enhance the learner experience, extend the classroom to learners through blended and distance learning, and help adult education programs be more effective and efficient. Dr. Cherina Betters, Chief of Equity and Access for San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools and our TDLS keynote speaker, will set the tone for the event by sharing how she advocates for students and educational excellence through equity. For those participating in-person, OTAN is thrilled to offer for the first time a pre-conference Bootcamp option on March 2. With a choice of one of three Bootcamps – Canvas, Google, or Microsoft – participants can identify where they want to focus their learning.

Registration will be opening soon. Mark your calendars for TDLS, the #1 adult education ed tech-focused event in California! Have a wonderful holiday season and a safe and Happy New Year!

-Renee Collins
Director, Adult Education

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Web-Based Class Activities


5 Tips for Engaging All Learners with Digital Literacy
by Elisia Doonan

Many educators are exploring new ways to engage learners online. Engagement for Adults with Disabilities can be especially challenging due to a lack of professional support for educators.


Survey, Quiz, and Schedule Appointments Skillfully with Google Forms
by Cindy Wislofsky

It’s time to review what you know already about Google Forms and move forward learning and practicing some newer features to make your work life more efficient and productive.


Retooling Zoom for Blended Learning
by Alisa Takeuchi

Although many districts have reopened schools for face-to-face instruction, there is still a need to continue to use Zoom in a blended class.

Spotlight On...

OTAN Moodle Sunsetting in December 2022!

OTAN Developed and Shared Courses are being migrated to Canvas in December 2022. OTAN is moving away from our Moodle website to the Canvas Learning Management System. Our goal is for all Moodle users to migrate to Canvas at their earliest convenience before December 2022. OTAN partnered with CAEP-TAP and formed the California Distance Learning Cooperative (CDLC) to offer professional learning for all adult education agencies within California.

For more information about the CDLC, visit our CA Distance Learning Cooperative (A Canvas Project) page

For questions or more information, please email

OTAN December and January Events

Date/Time Event Location
Thu, Dec 1
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Canvas Q&A for Teachers Online - Zoom
Thu, Dec 1
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Easy Projects Using PowerPoint, Excel, Slides, and Sheets Online - Zoom
Fri, Dec 2
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Google Forms, Quizzes, and Sheets Mt. Diablo Adult Education
Concord, CA
Tue, Dec 6
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Interactive and Purposeful Professional Development from Essential Education Online - Zoom
Wed, Dec 7
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Canvas: New Quizzes and Item Banks Online - Zoom
Thu, Dec 8
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Canvas Basics - An Introduction CDCR Testing Center
Sacramento, CA
Thu, Dec 8
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Easy Projects Using Forms (Microsoft and Google) Online - Zoom
Fri, Dec 9
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
OTAN Tech Talk - How to Create Interactive Videos - Edit, Save and Play! Online - Zoom
Mon, Dec 12
5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Google Drive and Docs San Leandro Adult Education
San Leandro, CA
Wed, Dec 14
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Canvas: Grading and Feedback Online - Zoom
Thu, Dec 15
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Canvas Q&A for Administrators Online - Zoom
Fri, Dec 16
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Google Forms, Quizzes, and Sheets San Juan Adult School
Citrus Heights, CA
Tue, Jan 3
10:45 AM - 1:45 PM
Google Drive and Docs Pittsburg Adult Education
Pittsburg, CA
Tue, Jan 3
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Google Drive and Docs Pittsburg Adult Education
Pittsburg, CA
Wed, Jan 4
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Local Board Review of WIOA, Title II: AEFLA PY 23-27 Applications Online - Zoom
Fri, Jan 20
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Basics of Using Microsoft Excel in Adult Education Mt. Diablo Adult Education
Concord, CA

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.