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Leading adult education through support for and the effective application of technology.

Titles and Topics

OTAN offers in-person, virtual, and hybrid professional development in the form of presentations, workshops, and conference sessions for adult educators and staff throughout California. OTAN Professional Development is provided at no cost and includes all course materials. Qualifying adult education agencies may request customizations to any topic to meet the professional development needs for their program and staff.

Select a title below to read its description. Titles that end with "Sessions" are topic groups and contain multiple titles and descriptions within.

Contact OTAN staff to discuss PD titles, customizations, or scheduling for your agency (Please include Subject line as: Professional Development).

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Video: Using Online Meeting Platforms: Zoom
Video in Adult Education Sessions
Using Northstar for Teaching and Learning
Using Microsoft Outlook Effectively
Using Interactive Whiteboards and Displays in Adult Education
Social Media: Using Social Media for Adult Education
OTAN Website and Resources Sessions / Series
OTAN Tech Talks (OTT)
OTAN Special Events
Open Education Resources (OER) Sessions / Series
Microsoft Sessions / Series
Internet, Account, and Digital Safety Sessions / Series
Google Workspace for Education Apps Sessions / Series
Devices and Operating Systems Sessions / Series
CK12 - Free Digital Textbooks Sessions / Series
Civic Engagement Tech Tools
Citizenship - Tech Up Your Class!
Canvas Sessions / Series
Assessment Sessions / Series
Artificial Intelligence (LLM) & Augmented Reality Series
Apps in the AE Classroom Sessions / Series
Accessibility (A11y) Sessions / Series
*OTAN Courses*


OTAN presentations and workshops may be scheduled as in-person, virtual, or hybrid flexible (Hyflex) as requested. The desired outcome of every OTAN session is that participants will have a working understanding of the applications or topics modeled or discussed and be able to execute those new skills into their own instruction.

OTAN staff will attempt to cover all skill levels present and provide step-by-step instruction where requested.

Titles and topics covered can be customized to meet the specific needs of a requesting adult education agency, consortium, or approved site.

All Session Requirements

  1. At least 10 participants are registered to attend 10 business days before the scheduled event.*
  2. There must be one device (i.e., desktop, laptop, Chromebook) for every individual registered in a workshop unless otherwise designated a “Bring your own device” event.
  3. Devices must have current, up-to-date browser versions installed (i.e., Chrome, Edge, Firefox, and Safari) as well as other applications as they apply (i.e., Microsoft Word, Adobe PDF, etc.)

In-Person or HyFlex Session Requirements

  1. A site’s network and bandwidth must be open and of sufficient speed to allow all registrants access to workshop dependent apps, content, and Web sites at the same time.
  2. The trainer or presenter must be able to use a projection station (desktop and projector) or be able to connect their device to the site network and projector.
  3. There should be a screen or a flat single-colored area onto which a projection is easily viewable.
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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.