December 5, 2012
Vol. 4, No. 5
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Registration is Now Open for the Technology and Distance Learning Symposium 2013

February 22 & 23, 2013 at Berkeley Adult School

Technology and Distance Learning Symposium 2013

OTAN will host a Technology and Distance Learning Symposium (TDLS) on February 22 & 23, 2013, at Berkeley Adult School.

Share and discuss promising practices, strategies, lesson ideas, and more about technology integration and distance and blended learning. Registration is open now through February 14, 2013.

The Symposium is targeted to administrators, coordinators, and teachers who are planning for or are already implementing distance, blended, online instruction, as well as integrating technology in the classroom.

Tentative schedule: (Final schedule and program will be available by January 14, 2013.

  • Online and Blended Instruction Delivery
  • Moodle—Your Learning Management System
  • Presentation Tools in the Classroom: Interactive Whiteboards, Document Cameras and More
  • Productivity Tools for Classroom Projects
  • Web-based Activities
  • Online Resources for Adult Education

Visit the Technology and Distance Learning Symposium site for more information.

This year you can follow the TDLS on Twitter using hashtags #tdl13#edtech, and#adulted.


Joyce Hinkson is the New OTAN Director

Joyce Hinkson

OTAN is pleased to announce the selection of Joyce Hinkson as our new Director. She replaces Marian Thacher, who retired from the position at the end of August.

Dr. Hinkson comes to OTAN from the California Department of Education (CDE), Instructional Resources Unit, where she was state lead for online education. While at CDE, Joyce managed several grants and statewide projects, which included the Technology Literacy Challenge grant, Enhancing Education through Technology grant, Education K-12 Vouchers, Statewide Education Technology Services, California Technology Assistance Project, Environmental and Spatial Technology, and distance learning. She has extensive experience with education technology and has represented CDE at state and national meetings related to technology policy and for best practices in education.

Joyce has a master of arts in education and a doctorate in education with an emphasis on program, policy, and administration. She holds reading specialist, multiple subjects and community college teaching credentials. Joyce is a lifelong educator with extensive experience in K-12 and community college settings. She is also very passionate about adult education and the role of technology in meeting the needs of adult learners.


Report from Adult Education Strand at ACSA 2012


This year, the Association of California School Administrators' (ACSA) Adult Education Council was very excited to fully integrate its previously offered stand-alone conference with the Leadership Summit, which provided a greater opportunity for attendees to receive specific adult education professional learning and select from a wider variety of sessions focusing on leadership. Kicking off this year's event was a full-day pre-conference workshop on November 7, "Adult Ed 101," which covered Adult Education basics for new and not-so-new administrators. On Saturday morning, the participants had the opportunity to attend the Final General Session where always inspiring Student Success Stories were presented by the Outreach & Technical Assistance Network (OTAN).

This OTAN News article contains presentation descriptions with links to handouts where applicable.


CLASP Career Pathways Initiative

CA Capitol dome

Partnering with 10 states, the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) has initiated and will lead The Alliance for Quality Career Pathways (AQCP), a state-driven effort. The goal is to establish benchmarks for high-quality career pathways and to identify the most relevant metrics for measuring student and program success. Representatives from Arkansas, California, Illinois, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oregon, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin will meet over the duration of this two-year effort. The purpose of this national framework is to help existing pathway programs improve in quality and to accelerate the development of new pathways for individuals who need postsecondary training and credentials to improve their chances of success in the workplace.

Find out more from OVAE Connection.


Global Labor Market: Demand and Skill Gaps

National Science Foundation

The McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) recently released The world at work: Jobs, pay and skills for 3.5 billion people, a report analyzing dramatic shifts in global labor markets over the last several decades, which have caused increasingly stark skill and wage gaps across the world. In advanced economies, economic growth has largely shifted away from manufacturing, mining and agriculture to a variety of services. Millions of high-paying jobs have been created for workers with high education attainment, as new technologies and the drive for productivity gains have raised the demand for workers with advanced knowledge and skills. While this has resulted in rising incomes and falling unemployment rates for highly educated workers, workers with low education attainment in the advanced economies, i.e., with no postsecondary education, have experienced stagnating wages, job losses, and long periods of unemployment.

Read more in OTAN News.



Find and register for training throughout California and conferences throughout the USA at the California Adult Education and Professional Development Web site (www).


OTAN offers free online and face-to-face workshops to adult educators and staff throughout California. Find out more at

Online Workshops

Moodle v2: Using the Quiz Activity to Assess Students
with Susan Coulter
Dec. 13, 2012 – 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM

Creating a High Quality Online Course
with Penny Pearson
Dec 13, 2012 – 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM

Moodle v2: Getting the Most out of the Gradebook (Advanced)
with Francisca Wentworth
Dec. 14 2012 –1:30 PM to 3:00 PM

Online Documents: Create, Share, and Collaborate!
with Melinda Holt
Dec. 20, 2012 – 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM

Social Moodle v2: Using the Lesson Activity
with Penny Pearson
Jan. 8, 2013 – 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM

Moodle v2: Create a Course Web Site
with Blair Roy
Jan. 10, 2013 – 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM

"College Transition and Career Development" Orientation
with Penny Pearson
Jan. 11, 2013 – 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM

Teaching Online: Web Conferencing and Other Synchronous Tools
with Barbara Fanning
Jan. 17, 2013 – 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM

Teaching Critical Thinking for the Internet
with Branka Marceta
Jan. 29, 2013 – 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM

10 Activities Using Google Search for You and Your Students
with Melinda Holt
Jan. 31, 2013 – 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM

Face-to-Face Workshops

To schedule a workshop for the 2012-13 school year contact Linda Swanson at 800-894-3113 or

Creative Classroom & Activity Ideas Using MS Word 2007
Dec. 7, 2012 – 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM Fremont Adult and Continuing Education

Online Documents and Tools - Create and Share on the Cloud!
Jan. 10, 2013 – 3:00 PM to 5:45 PM
Martinez Adult School

Internet Resources for Adult Ed Teachers
Jan. 18, 2013 – 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Fremont Adult and Continuing Education

Online Documents & Tools - Create & Share on the Cloud! Series II
Jan. 24, 2013 – 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Martinez Adult School

Moodle: Create a Course Web Site
Feb. 1, 2013 – 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Fremont Adult and Continuing Education

Online Documents & Tools - Create & Share on the Cloud!
Feb. 1, 2013 – 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Alameda Adult School

Online Documents & Tools - Create & Share on the Cloud!
Feb. 8, 2013 – 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Fremont Adult and Continuing Education

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