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Assessment Sessions / Series


The Assessment sessions looks at integrating assessment into classes using a variety of tech tools. Attendees will learn about and practice with tech tools for formative and summative assessment that reach learners on all types of devices. Related topics such as question formation and data collection will also be discussed. During these sessions, attendees are encouraged to have two devices to view and practice tools from both teacher and learner perspectives.

Each session can be scheduled as a standalone event or requested as a series of sessions where titles are scheduled as separate events. Titles, listed in recommended order, include but are not limited to:

Online Formative Assessment Tools: introduces and looks at some formative assessment tools that participants can use at the beginning, in the middle, and at the end of the class. Formative assessment tools include poll and survey tools, video tools to present and assess simultaneously, slides tools to present and assess simultaneously, classic tools that educators might already be familiar with, as well as exit and entrance tickets.

Remote Assessments Using a Virtual Platform: demonstrates how to create assessments for students using Zoom and Google. The same techniques are transferable and can be applied to other online meeting and cloud tools. Step-by-step instructions to create interactive, authentic assessments for adult learners will be demonstrated. In addition, attendees will become familiar with other types of formative and summative assessments available.

SMART Goals Classroom: is geared towards SMART goal setting in the adult education classroom. The session will introduce how to work with students to set, monitor, and achieve their SMART goals.

SMART Goal Planning: addresses how to create effective SMART goals for inclusion in an agency's Continuous Improvement Plan (CIP) or other agency deliverables, using real-life examples from adult educations programs to demonstrate effective and ineffective goals using the SMART goal framework.

Tech Tools for Data-Driven Instruction: this session looks at tech tools used for assessment at the beginning, middle, and end of class that generate data to help teachers understand where their students are and determine what to focus on to help students. Discussions will include how data and tech tools can be used to differentiate supports according to student needs and personalized instruction.

Using Technology to Help Students Set, Achieve, and Publicize Goals: looks at a variety of tech tools – stand-alone apps, social media sites, and learning management system functions – that educators can use as students work through the SMART goal-setting and goal-achieving process in high-tech and low-tech settings. There will also be discussions centered around using technology to help us learn about and celebrate student achievements before and after students move on.

Share A Tech Best Practice in Data Collection: Data collection is becoming increasingly more important for agencies funded by WIOA and CAEP.  How do you organize school-wide data?  Share your technology tip or best practice for collecting, organizing and analyzing agency data. Examples include student and teacher voice captured via survey, OTAN Technology survey, Digital Literacy Guidance review, more and others as shared by participants.


All participants must have basic computer skills and a valid email address. Additional requirements may apply depending on the session.


OTAN Certificates of Attendance are awarded only for workshop sessions to those that are pre-registered and attend at least 75% of the scheduled time

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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.