OTAN at CASAS Summer Institute 2015

Technology in Adult Ed.: Promising Practices and New Directions
Town and Country Hotel, San Diego, Session A*: 9:30 am – 12:30 pm, Golden West
The Outreach and Technical Assistance Network (OTAN), a California adult education project, explores what technology can do for adult education learners. Hear about promising practices, frameworks and mandates regarding the role of technology in the future of education, and learn how to apply new concepts to classroom, blended, online, and distance instruction. Join the discussion about effective integration of content, andragogy, and technology in preparing adult learners for twenty-first century skills
Joyce Hinkson OTAN, CA Branka Marceta OTAN, CA Penny Pearson OTAN, CA Blair Roy OTAN, CA

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Introduction - About You

Google Form

Introduction - About OTAN

California mandate - Technology and Distance Learning Plan

EdTech Trend: Mobile Devices

Activity with Plikers
About Susan's presentation and about OTAN workshops

EdTech Trend: Micro-credentials/Digital Badges

The U.S. Department of Education issued a report "The Potential and Value of Using Digital Badges for Adult Learners." The report examins the nature, value, and potential impact of digital badges, an emerging electronic form of recognition of an individual's knowledge and skills. Published in 2013.

At their most basic level, digital badges are a new way to capture and communicate what an individual knows and can demonstrate. This report examines the nature, value, and potential impact of digital badges, an emerging electronic form of recognition of an individual’s knowledge and skills. Badges can represent different levels of work and engagement, including more granular skills or achievements, marking in some cases small and/or very specific abilities. For this reason badges hold particular promise for certifying the skills of adult learners in basic education programs, many of whom have few, if any, formal credentials (such as diplomas), but who are obtaining functional skills that would be valued in a workplace setting if a mechanism for certifying those skills and knowledge was available. This report, funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE), explores the potential and opportunities for developing and implementing a system of digital badges for adult learners.
Discussion on LINCS: https://community.lincs.ed.gov/discussion/welcome-digital-badges-discussion-q1-how-are-badges-different-credentialing-methods-used

EdTech Trend: Open Educational Resources

The U.S. Department of Education contracted with American Institutes for Research (AIR) on a 3 year project to develop and improve ways of teaching math and science to adult learners. Read more about the project through the Department of Education website. The OER STEM project page is also available on LINCS. Be sure to review the OER Fact Sheet as well.

OER are defined :
Open Educational Resources are shifting teaching and learning practices beyond providing no-cost and freely reusable content and resources for instruction.

OER, by virtue of the rights associated with them, are poised to change the way teaching and learning occur in adult education. OER allow teachers to create and share free resources with students and other teachers, identify high quality materials to adopt or adapt, transform or reorganize for their instructional purposes.

“Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under and intellectual property license that permits sharing, accessing, repurposing- including for commercial purposes- and collaborating with others.” (Emphasis added.) Source: U.S. Department of Education, Office of Educational Technology, Transforming American Education: Learning Powered by Technology, Washington, D.C., 2010.

See the entire document: http://tech.ed.gov/netp/

Resources for learning more about OER (and maybe even earn a digital badge!)
Lumen Learning:
Curriki - Integrating OER in the Classroom: A course for teachers
School of Open (from Creative Commons) See this list of stand alone courses

Licensing Open Educational Materials:

Turning a Resource into an Open Educational Resource (OER)

Creative Commons licensing:


OER Commons: https://www.oercommons.org/groups/adult-education-open-community-of-resources/45/information/
OER Fact sheet: https://lincs.ed.gov/sites/default/files/OER_Fact_Sheet_508.pdf

Final AIR/LINCS webinar: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ILsDKeL8YYA&feature=youtu.be