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* OTAN Courses: Advanced ESL, BEST, and Triple E


OTAN offers courses developed by teachers and experts in the adult education field. The courses are generally offered in the Spring and Fall each year and can run anywhere from 5 to 8 weeks. Attendance to all online sessions is mandatory and a Certificate of Completion is awarded once projects are submitted in the final meeting.

Look for announcements for course offerings at the beginning of the Fall and Spring semesters (usually announced in August and November.)

Current courses include but are not limited to:

Advanced ESL Course on Canvas - with the move to the use of Instructure Canvas Learning Management System (LMS) across the state, the course was updated and redesigned as a fully shared Canvas course. The 18-unit course is topic based and covers the following language proficiency skills: listening, reading, writing, vocabulary development, and grammar.

This session orients teachers and/or administrators to the course and how it could be incorporated into their ESL curriculum. The course is available by OTAN at no cost to California adult education agencies.

Building an EdTech Strategy Toolkit (BEST) Course is designed to walk instructors through a thoughtful process of designing strategic, sustainable instructional routines that leverage educational technology and are centered around the factors that most impact their learners.

Participants can expect to spend two to five hours per week working toward creating routines for integrating educational technology into their classroom.  Along with coursework, participants will meet three times online after the orientation for a total of four sessions. The middle two sessions will be for coaching and exact dates and times will be announced during the course orientation. Office hours will also be scheduled on an as-needed basis with coaches. The last session is the culmination of the course that ends with a Show and Tell in which participants will present two sustainable educational technology routines and report on their successes.

Triple E Framework Course - The Triple E Framework measures how well a tool or activity engages, enhances, and extends learning.

The course will meet for seven sessions over an eight-week period, including the Orientation and a Presentation Submission session at the end. Course dates, times, and coaching sessions will be discussed in this Orientation. Participants can expect to spend two to three hours per week creating lesson plans for integrating educational technology into their classroom.


Participants must:

  • have basic computer and Internet skills
  • understand how to open and attend an online video meeting (like Zoom),
  • register for the course before the start date or during the Orientation,
  • attend the course Orientation.


Certificates of Completion will be issued upon completion the course as well as receipt of final project.

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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.