February 2014
Vol. 5, No. 5
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Problem Solving in Technology-Rich Environments

TDLS 2014
David Rosen
Dr. David Rosen

Dr. David Rosen will be the keynote speaker at the March 7-8 Technology and Distance Learning Symposium. He will be addressing strategies and approaches for how adult educators can use technology to enhance and expand learning opportunities for adults.

In his November 14, 2013 blog post, Dr. Rosen writes about Problem Solving in Technology-Rich Environments External link opens in new window or tab (PS-TRE). PS-TRE is one of the assessment domains from the Survey of Adult Skills, also known as PIAAC (Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies).

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, PS-TRE is defined in PIAAC as “using digital technology, communication tools, and networks to acquire and evaluate information, communicate with others, and perform practical tasks.” PS-TRE measures skills and abilities required for solving problems while operating in a technology-rich environment.

Read more in the Winter issue of OTAN Online Connection and follow the symposium on Twitter at #tdls14 External link opens in new window or tab.

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California Adult Education Leadership Institute

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The California Adult Literacy Professional Development Project (CALPRO) in conjunction with the California Department of Education (CDE) is seeking nominations and applications for the 2014 California Adult Education Leadership Institute (the Institute). CALPRO is seeking aspiring and new administrators External link opens in new window or tab (defined as three or fewer years) for this FREE Institute. For the 2014 year up to 20 nominations for participation in the Institute are being accepted.

Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Title II funded programs are invited to apply for the 2014 California Adult Education Leadership Institute and join the ranks of the more than 600 California adult education administrators who have participated in this program since its inception in 1985. Institute participants have numerous opportunities for networking with experienced and new adult education administrators. The Institute covers topics and skills that new and aspiring adult education administrators need to perform their jobs effectively.

More information is available in this news story on OTAN.



Time to Reskill: A Practitioner Engagement Event

Safer Internet Day 2014

Join the U.S. Department of Education, American Institutes for Research, and adult education advocates for a free webinar on March 13, from 1:00pm-3:00pm ET. With the recent release of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD External link opens in new window or tab) Program for International Assessment of Adult Competencies, (PIAAC External link opens in new window or tab) demonstrating the direct relationship between skills and economic security, health, and educational advancement, there is even more urgency to address the needs of low-skilled learners and equip the teaching workforce to help such students achieve their academic and economic goals.

This webinar will be an opportunity to receive a briefing on the PIAAC data, the OECD's special report on America's low-skilled population, Time for the U.S. to Reskill?, and engage in a focused discussion about the issues facing adult education.

Visit OTAN for more information and links to registration material.



Distance Learning Report 2011-12

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OTAN recently delivered the eleventh in a series of research papers on the California Innovation and Alternative Instructional Delivery Program. The purpose is to provide current information on the implementation of distance learning (DL) and offer comparative information on adult education DL in the state.

Agencies providing DL showed increased growth through 2009-10. When flex funding was instituted, the reported number of adult learners participating in DL programs was negatively impacted. In the years since flexibility, there was an 80 percent drop in enrollment from 70,472 in 2008-09 to 13,285 in 2011-12, the current reporting year. Although some districts continued and even expanded their DL programs, many others cut or eliminated them entirely.

The report compared and contrasted key outcome data among classroom learning, distance-only and a blend of classroom and distance (DL Blended). The importance of DL Blended as an effective delivery model is clearly documented. When data from DL Blended instruction was compared to classroom or DL-only, the DL Blended approach provided consistently superior results in increasing student learning outcomes for ABE/ASE and ESL learners.

The role of DL Blended as an effective method to serve the adult basic education learner is based on evidence that is compelling, especially in ESL. The distance learning report and previous reports can be found on the OTAN Web site under Teaching Tools & Resources.

This article is also in the Winter issue of OTAN Online Connection.

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Calendar

Find and register for training throughout California and conferences throughout the USA at the California Adult Education and Professional Development Web site External link opens in new window or tab.

The workshops listed below are subject to change.

Workshops

OTAN offers free online and face-to-face workshops to adult educators and staff throughout California. Find out more at http://www.otan.us/training

Online Workshops

Moodle v2: Creating Rubrics for Criteria-based Assessment External link opens in new window or tab with Debbie Jensen February 21, 2014 — 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM

So You Want to Teach Online? External link opens in new window or tab
with Penny Pearson
February 25, 2014 — 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM

Speak Up Online! External link opens in new window or tab
with Blair Roy
March 4, 2014 — 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Moodle v2: Glossaries: More Than Definitions! External link opens in new window or tab
with Donna Edwards-Brown
March 5, 2014 — 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM

Moodle v2: Communication in Your Online Course External link opens in new window or tab
with Evelyn Lenton
March 13, 2014 — 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM

Moodle v2: Wikis to Increase Student Collaboration External link opens in new window or tab with Susan Coulter
March 14, 2014 — 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM

ePortfolios for Empowered Students and Happy Teachers - A Pilot by OTAN External link opens in new window or tab with Suzanne Murphy
March 18, 2014 — 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM

Mobile Devices in Adult Education Part 1: Basics to Use in the Classroom External link opens in new window or tab with Susan Gaer
March 21, 2014 — 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM

Moodle v2: Add a Synchronous Meeting Activity External link opens in new window or tab
with Francisca Wentworth
March 24, 2014 — 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM

Creating a High Quality Online Course External link opens in new window or tab
with Linda Swanson
March 25, 2014 — 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM

An Online Presence for Teachers External link opens in new window or tab
with Linda Swanson
March 26, 2014 — 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM

To PowerPoint and Beyond! External link opens in new window or tab
with Sherri Watkins
March 26, 2014 — 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM

Digital Literacy and Citizenship Toolkit External link opens in new window or tab
with Barry Bakin
March 28, 2014 — 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM

Face-to-Face Workshops

To schedule a workshop for the 2013-14 school year contact Linda Swanson at 800-894-3113 or lswanson@otan.us.

Mobile Devices in Adult Education Part 1 External link opens in new window or tab
February 28, 2014 – 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Fremont Adult and Cont. Education

Moodle: Create a Course Web Site External link opens in new window or tab
February 28, 2014 – 12:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Glendale Community College - Garfield Campus

Google Tools and Drive External link opens in new window or tab
March 13, 2014 – 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Capistrano Adult School

Interactive Whiteboards, Creating Student Activities External link opens in new window or tab
March 15, 2014 – 12:30 PM to 3:30 PM
San Leandro Adult School

Beginning PowerPoint 2007 (or 2010) for Adult Education External link opens in new window or tab
April 4, 2014 – 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Glendale Community College - Garfield Campus

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