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2013 Technology and Distance Learning Symposium a Big Success!

Posted on 03/15/2013

Technology and Distance Learning Symposium

The Technology and Distance Learning Symposium (TDLS) was held February 22-23 at the Berkeley Adult School. Our attendance cap of 150 was easily reached, with several more on the waiting list. We would like to offer our thanks to the staff and administration of Berkeley Adult School for providing the venue and to the many presenters, volunteers, and OTAN staff for making the Symposium a remarkable technology event.

On the second day of the Symposium, the TDLS shared conference space with the California Council for Adult Education (CCAE) Bay Section. Participants could choose to attend TDLS sessions or CCAE sessions. If sessions were full, workshop attendance priority was given to CCAE-registered participants for CCAE workshops and TDLS-registered participants for TDLS workshops. Most evaluations indicated participants liked the idea of combining the two events to save on travel costs.

This year, many attendees used the social networking site, Twitter, to share real-time information and photos about Symposium presentations and happenings. See the posts by searching Twitter hashtags #tdl13, #edtech, or #adulted. Workshop handouts and several presentations are posted to the symposium Web site. To view or download information (including the keynote speech), select a session of interest and select the link. Video recordings are available of the keynote address, The Power of Technology to Transform Adult Learning, and other selected presentations.

Evaluation results showed 100 percent of participants rating the areas of TDLS program content, session topics, and symposium organization as "Excellent". One problem noted by some participants was the abundance of so many wonderful workshops, making it difficult to choose which one to attend during each session!

What did you like best about the 2013 Symposium?

"Networking and sharing best practices."

"I particularly liked the sessions on Math in AE and iPads in the classroom."

"Short sessions, multiple choices of topics."

"Hands-on learning in the computer labs."

Evaluation is still open and we are awaiting your feedback until March 22.

OTAN will sponsor one symposium per year and alternate between northern and southern California. We hope you will join us for the 2014 Technology and Distance Learning Symposium!