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OTAN Welcomes OTAC v4 and TIMAC Cohort 10

Posted on 10/17/2013


OTAC and TIMAC are year-long professional development projects supporting adult education agency efforts to implement the effective use of technology and online instructional delivery with the goal of improving student learning outcomes.

Online Teaching Academy (OTAC) started in 2010-11 to meet the growing need in adult education field for training and support for the initiation and development of online instruction in a variety of delivery models. Specific focus is on Moodle, a learning management system, as a platform for the content delivery. The other major focus is on effective practices in online teaching and learning.

During the project in 2013/14, participants will complete an online course facilitated by EdTech Leaders Online External link opens in new window or tab. Teaching Students in Blended Classrooms, a seven-session course (with additional one-week orientation), prepares educators to teach in blended classroom environments.

OTAC v4 participants are:

  • Guillermo Verdin, Belmont Service Area
  • Debra Jensen, Baldwin Park Adult and Community Education
  • Yesenia Ceballos, San Bernardino Adult School
  • Margaret Pinto, Azusa adult school
  • Susan Leilani Briggs, Pasadena City College
  • Donna Barr, Lincoln Education Center
  • Tracey Niizawa, Lincoln Education Center
  • Francisco Lopez, Chaffey Adult School
  • Anthony Burik, Mt Diablo Adult Education
  • Diana Vera-Alba, SUHSD Division of Adult Education

The Technology Integration Mentor Academy (TIMAC) is entering its tenth year and continues to focus on integrating technology into classroom instruction. Popular topics this year were increased effective use of interactive whiteboards and document cameras, and using software effectively, whether computer or internet-based. TIMAC participants have also been creating Web-based resources such as Web sites, wikis, blogs, and social networks to extend learning beyond the classroom.

Cohort 10 participants are:

  • Nicole Durr, Oxnard Adult School
  • Jenniffer Gagliardi, Milpitas Adult Education
  • Carol Gonella, San Mateo Adult School
  • Jonah Hall, Jefferson Adult Education
  • Maria Martinez, Stockton School for Adults
  • Jaemi Naish, Tamalpais Adult School
  • Christine Peppers, Learning Quest Stanislaus Literacy Center
  • Carla Stoner, MiraCosta College
  • Rebekah Villafana, LAUSD Division of Adult and Career Education
  • Sherri Watkins, Fresno Adult School

On May 29 & 30, 2014, participants in both projects will present the challenges and successes of the efforts they undertake at their adult education agency. Videos of presentations will be available.