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OTAN Digest - March 2023

Digest #25
March 2023

Message from the Director

March 6-10 is Open Education Week! How are you celebrating? OTAN has long been a proponent of open education resources (OER) in adult education as they are openly shared and free resources that teachers can adopt, customize, and use to augment learning.

CK-12 is an OER and OTAN partner. They offer premier free online interactive textbooks. CK-12 and OTAN have created a CK-12 Webpage that holds FlexBooks for CTE, ESL, ABE, and ASE, all with adults in mind.

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Students have a digital assistant as they learn. FlexBooks® 2.0 are adaptive. You can add your own touch to every lesson! And you can even use their amazing platform to create your own FlexBook.

To learn more about how OER and CK-12 can enhance your program and save on your budget, participate in EdTech Center@ World Education’s Strategy Session on March 10 and hear from our own Neda Anasseri.

The EdTech Center @ World Education hosts monthly Strategy Sessions facilitated on Zoom and open to all! And don’t forget to bookmark the CA Adult Education Professional Development site for free OTAN training on OER and all things adult ed. I hope to see you in a training session soon!

Renee Collins
-Renee Collins
Director, Adult Education


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Are you looking for a way to integrate technology in your classes? Visit Teaching with Technology on the OTAN website and start searching for ESL, ABE, ASE, and even CTE lesson ideas today!

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Guidance From the Guidance: An Agency's Approach to the California Adult Education Digital Learning Guidance
by Francisco X. Pinedo Jr

It has been almost three years since our world changed along with most aspects of education. COVID 19 became a worldwide pandemic and our way of teaching and delivering instruction changed 180 degrees in a matter of days.

Check This Out!

Francisco Pinedo Jr. will be giving an OTAN Tech Talk on the Guidance Document on Friday, March 10th from 1-2:00 pm. Join us for an agency’s approach to using this document.

OTAN Tech Talk - March 2023 - Guidance on the Guidance Document


Introduction to OERs
by Diana Vera-Alba

Open Educational Resources, or OERs, are openly licensed teaching and learning materials.


5 Tech Tools to Try With Adult Learners
by Yescenia Delgado Lorenzo

Try these five tech tools and notice adult learner engagement increase.

Spotlight On...

OTAN's Web Development Team

The Web Development Team recently redesigned OTAN’s website. A new feature of this redesign is the Upcoming Sessions page. This feature details OTAN sessions and enables the user to immediately register.

The Web Development team pictured here maintains this page as well as the entire OTAN website. (Left to right Jong Choi, Inna linnyk, Angela Steele, Justin Timko, Michael Pierce, and David Espinoza) Not pictured is Yolanda O’Shea.

OTAN Development Team

OTAN March and April Events

Date/Time Event Location
Wed, Mar 1
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Introducing Learners to Northstar Digital Literacy Online - Zoom
Mon, Mar 6
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Canvas Grading and Feedback Online - Zoom
Fri, Mar 10
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
OTAN Tech Talk: Guidance on the Guidance Document Online - Zoom
Mon, Mar 13
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Online Formative Assessment Tools El Rancho Adult Education Center
Pico Rivera, CA
Mon, Mar 13
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Canvas Admin: SIS Imports Online - Zoom
Mon, Mar 13
5:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Online Formative Assessment Tools El Rancho Adult Education Center
Pico Rivera, CA
Tue, Mar 14
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Advancing Canvas: Group Work and Collaboration Online - Zoom
Wed, Mar 15
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Advancing Canvas: Google Integration Online - Zoom
Thu, Mar 16
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Q&A with a Canvas Expert - For Teachers Online - Zoom
Thu, Mar 16
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Using ClassFlow in Adult Education Instruction Online - Zoom
Fri, Mar 17
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Advancing Canvas: Student Experience Online - Zoom
Mon, Mar 20
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Canvas Admin: Review and Troubleshooting Online - Zoom
Tue, Mar 21
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Advancing Canvas: Studio Online - Zoom
Wed, Mar 22
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Canvas New Quizzes and Item Banks Online - Zoom
Thu, Mar 23
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Q&A with a Canvas Expert - For Administrators Online - Zoom
Fri, Mar 24
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Canvas Home Pages Online - Zoom
Mon, Mar 27
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Advancing Canvas: Accessibility (A11y) Online - Zoom
Tue, Mar 28
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Canvas Curriculum Specific: World Languages Online - Zoom
Wed, Mar 29
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Canvas Assignments Online - Zoom
Thu, Mar 30
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Advancing Canvas: Creating Mastery Paths Online - Zoom
Thu, Apr 20
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Spotlight on Simultaneous Instruction 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 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.