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California Adult Education Digital Learning Guidance

On behalf of the California Department of Education, Adult Education Office, OTAN is pleased to present California Adult Education Digital Learning Guidance. The Guidance is the result of a collaborative effort designed to identify, document, and disseminate practical information to support effective implementation of digital learning within adult education. 

The Guidance is meant to serve as a practical resource for the many individuals who support adult learners including classroom teachers, classified and support staff, counselors and transition specialists, and school administrators. To ensure that the Guidance includes useful, research-based, and timely content, OTAN gathered input from state and national experts in the field of adult education.

Below you will find a link to the Guidance (PDF) along with links to four videos designed to introduce various aspects of the Guidance.

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California Adult Education Digital Learning Guidance

Video: Guidance Overview

Digital Learning Guidance Video - Guidance Overview

Video: Digital Learning Practices

Digital Learning Guidance Video - Digital Learning Practices

Video: Digital Assessment

Digital Learning Guidance Video - Digital Assessment

Video: Preparing Educators

Digital Learning Guidance Video - Preparing Educators


The Guidance is based on foundational, research-based digital learning practices, and includes chapters on ensuring digital equity, understanding adult learning theories, designing flexible learning experiences, adopting models that work, implementing effective digital assessments, and fostering equitable and inclusive digital communities.

We are grateful for the work of our advisory group members, draft reviewers, and partner organizations including American Institutes for Research, CASAS, and WestEd. We especially want to acknowledge the International Society for Technology in Education for their invaluable contributions to the Guidance.

Watch this page over this coming year for site enhancements (HTML version), training materials, and updated content.

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OTAN activities are funded by contract CN200091-A2 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.