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Another Successful Technology and Distance Learning Symposium. Thank you, Fresno!

Posted on 04/01/2016

Fresno Adult School was the setting for the exciting and well-attended TDLS 16. During the March 11 and 12 event, approximately 40 sessions were offered. Topics included digital badging, interactive assessments, open educational resources, online collaboration, using mobile devices, resources for citizenship preparation, and more.

Two new features this year were the inclusion of live streaming in selected sessions and the APP-mazing Race. APP-mazing Race participants competed in four teams of peers they met for the first time. After using new apps or software programs and learning new tech skills, participants presented their APP-mazing Race challenges with their teammates in front of a cheering audience. A panel of judges were tasked with the very difficult job of choosing just one top-scoring team.

TDLS 2016

Dr. Devin Vodicka provided an inspirational keynote with poignant examples of how education positively impacts lives. The future of education will include an increase in the demand for ‘knowledge workers’ and our job as adult educators has never been more important. As a nationally-recognized digital-age leader, Dr. Vodicka believes in the four elements of trust (an essential component of developing a true learning community): consistency, compassion, communication, and competency. Finally, he shared what might be the two most important questions to ask when brainstorming change – Who cares? And what is possible here? Answering these questions can lead to amazing results!

Presentations for most sessions (including the Keynote) can be found on the OTAN Web site, at www.otan.us. Simply select the TDLS 16 icon and navigate to the desired schedule session.

If you were able to attend this year’s TDL Symposium – thank you!

This is also a reminder to please take a few minutes to fill out our individual workshop evaluations, and our overall Symposium evaluation. We're asking that you complete the evaluation before April 10, 2016.

We hope you learned a lot and will plan to join us March 10-11, 2017 in Anaheim when our host will be North Orange County Community College District.