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Social Media: Using Social Media for Adult Education


OTAN has been following and documenting ways the adult education field uses social media. This workshop will highlight promising practices and offer hands-on practice. The following list of activities can be customized to the needs of the participants or be focused to specific apps:

  • explore ways agencies use Facebook pages and instructors use Facebook groups successfully to engage current and potential adult learners, 
  • distinguish between features such as news feed, timeline, privacy settings for post, friends lists, events, pages, groups and apps, 
  • participate in a Facebook group and create your own, 
  • understand Twitter basics and identify who to follow, 
  • identify strategies to engage learners to interact professionally through social media and expand their education, and
  • more as time allows or as questions are answered.

Prerequisites: Participants need to have basic computer and Internet skills.

Specific social media apps may be replaced for those listed when scheduling. This online workshop can also be made into a progressive series if needed for qualified requesting agencies.

An OTAN Certificate of Attendance will be awarded to those that have pre-registered and attend at least 75% of the scheduled time.
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OTAN workshops may be requested, customized, and scheduled by qualifying adult education agencies for their staff as targeted professional development.

OTAN workshops may be conducted as a "hands-on”, where participants are asked to provide their own devices, as “presentations” where a product or ideas are introduced, or as a discussion where all are encouraged to participate in a conversation around a specific idea or topic.

The desired outcome of every OTAN workshop is that participants will have a working understanding of the application or topics discussed and modeled.

For more information about this or other OTAN workshops and training options, contact

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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.