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2022 News

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Catch up on recent, and past OTAN News.

A Request for Adult Educator Feedback

From our friends at CrowdED Learning and the EdTech Center at World Education comes a request for educator feedback on a project under development.

The CREATE Adult Skills Network

The Collaborative Research for Educating Adults with Technology Enhancements (CREATE) Adult Skills Network is a national initiative to build knowledge about using technology to support teaching and learning.

Tech Trends We’re Watching

At OTAN, we always try to stay on top of the latest tech trends and how they might impact adult education.

OTAN Upcoming Activities – Week of 5/23

OTAN provides activities and resources to support our adult education colleagues.

Digital Access and Inclusion on Global Accessibility Awareness Day

May 19 is the 11th Annual Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD).

Exploring the Metaverse and Education

We are beginning to see articles and initial research covering what education and learning might look like in the metaverse (which in one definition means a virtual reality or VR space in which users can interact with a computer-generated environment and other users).

OTAN Upcoming Activities – Week of 5/16

OTAN provides activities and resources to support our adult education colleagues.

OTAN Upcoming Activities – Week of 5/9

OTAN provides activities and resources to support our adult education colleagues.

OTAN Upcoming Activities – Week of 5/2

OTAN provides activities and resources to support our adult education colleagues.

OTAN Upcoming Activities – Week of 4/25

OTAN provides activities and resources to support our adult education colleagues.

New English Vocabulary Practice for CNAs Lesson Added to USA Learns

Are you looking for free online instruction to teach adult learners in allied health programs?

Some Research Findings on the Use of VR in Education

Virtual reality (or VR) is being used more in education, especially as more users purchase VR headsets and learn more about how VR works and the variety of ways in which VR is being used.

Learning More About HyFlex

Although HyFlex has been around since the 2000s, it has seen a surge in interest during the last year as educators coming out of COVID-19 consider new ways to organize instruction that blends in-person and online learning environments.

Helping Our Students Acquire Digital Literacy Skills

From our partner Digital Promise in collaboration with the Barbara Bush Foundation comes a new publication, Promoting Digital Literacy for Adult Learners: A Resource Guide.

OTAN Upcoming Activities – Week of 4/18

OTAN provides activities and resources to support our adult education colleagues.

OTAN Upcoming Activities – Week of 4/11

OTAN provides activities and resources to support our adult education colleagues.

Apply to Join the Digital Leadership Academy 2022-2024!

OTAN announces a professional development opportunity for California adult education agencies through the Digital Leadership Academy (DLAC) 2022-2024.

OTAN Upcoming Activities – Week of 4/4

OTAN provides activities and resources to support our adult education colleagues.

Web3 – A Reading List

Here is a list of readings to get you started with understanding what all the fuss is about.

Learning More About Micro-Credentials

Even prior to COVID-19, the discussion about the value of degrees versus credentials was well underway, and the conversation has not let up during the disruption of education due to the pandemic.

Advocating for Adult Education During Adult Ed Week

Adult Education Week reminds us of the close connections between adult schools and the communities in which they operate, and how adult education students are involved in bettering their lives, families, and localities academically, professionally, and holistically.

The Value of Open Educational Resources

Open Educational Resources, or OER, have been around for a while, but they have had a hard time gaining traction over the years. It could be that they are not well known among adult educators.

Activities to Consider for Your Lessons

From our adult education colleague Miguel Guhlin at TCEA comes ALDO, or the Amazing Lesson Design Outline.

Resources for Your Citizenship Program

The 2022 EL Civics Conference, organized by our sister leadership project CASAS, was once again online this year but in a revised format.

OTAN Upcoming Activities – Week of 3/28

OTAN provides activities and resources to support our adult education colleagues.

OTAN Upcoming Activities – Week of 3/21

OTAN provides activities and resources to support our adult education colleagues.

OTAN Upcoming Activities – Week of 3/14

OTAN provides activities and resources to support our adult education colleagues.

OTAN Upcoming Activities – Week of 3/7

OTAN provides activities and resources to support our adult education colleagues.

OTAN Upcoming Activities – Week of 2/28

OTAN provides activities and resources to support our adult education colleagues.

OTAN Upcoming Activities – Week of 2/21

OTAN provides activities and resources to support our adult education colleagues.

Our office will be closed on Monday, February 21st in observance of Washington's Birthday

Our office will be closed on Monday, February 21st in observance of Washington's Birthday

OTAN Upcoming Activities – Week of 2/14

OTAN provides activities and resources to support our adult education colleagues.

Our office will be closed on Monday, February 14th in observance of Lincoln's Birthday

Our office will be closed on Monday, February 14th in observance of Lincoln's Birthday

The New and Improved EdSurge Product Index

The EdSurge Product Index, which has been around for about a decade, has recently received a major upgrade and is in beta as the site continues to be refined with additional features.

Learn More About Keeping Everyone Safe on the Internet

February 8 is Safer Internet Day, a worldwide recognition of the need to actively safeguard children and adults when they spend time on the Internet.

OTAN Upcoming Activities – Week of 2/7

OTAN provides activities and resources to support our adult education colleagues.

Welcome to the 2022 EL Civics Conference!

We are excited to announce that the 2022 EL Civics Conference, organized by our sister leadership project CASAS, is open for learning! Similar to last year's virtual conference, the EL Civics Conference is once again online but in a revised format.

OTAN Upcoming Activities – Week of 1/31

OTAN provides activities and resources to support our adult education colleagues.

Be a Part of the Building an EdTech Strategy Toolkit Course

In partnership with WorldEd, OTAN is offering the BEST (Building an EdTech Strategy Toolkit) course to California adult educators.

OTAN Upcoming Activities – Week of 1/24

OTAN provides activities and resources to support our adult education colleagues.

Contextualized Video Lessons at Adult Ed Med

As we know, video is a powerful tool to use in a lesson, but we often struggle to find video content that is appropriate for our adult students and complementary with the material we are covering in the classroom.

Register for OTAN's Technology and Distance Learning Symposium!

Registration for OTAN's annual Technology and Distance Learning Symposium (TDLS), which will take place online from March 2 to 4, is open!

OTAN Upcoming Activities – Week of 1/17

OTAN provides activities and resources to support our adult education colleagues.

Our office will be closed in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Our office will be closed on Monday, January 17th in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day

OTAN Upcoming Activities – Week of 1/10

OTAN provides activities and resources to support our adult education colleagues.

Learning More About Artificial Intelligence

As we look to the future of education, there is no doubt that AI will be a part of our field.

Getting People Connected Through the Affordable Connectivity Program

In the wake of people moving their family, work, and school lives online due to COVID-19, the federal government began the Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) in May 2021.

Nominate a Deserving Student for the Adult Education Students Succeed Program

The nomination period for the 2022 Adult Education Students Succeed Program is now open.

Our Office Will Be Closed For New Year's Day

Our office will be closed beginning Thursday, December 23rd and returning Monday, January 3rd.

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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.