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Presented by OTAN, the Outreach and Technical Assistance Network

March 1 and 2, 2024 - Fremont Adult and Continuing Education

The Technology and Distance Learning Symposium, hosted by OTAN, is an annual conference featuring engaging, interactive presentations and vibrant discussions. This event is designed to demonstrate effective ways of incorporating technology to enrich the learning experience, expand educational reach through a combination of in-person and online learning, and improve the overall efficiency and effectiveness of adult education programs.

TDLS caters to a diverse audience including educators, coordinators, administrators, and support personnel within California adult education agencies. Additionally, it is relevant for adult education professionals working within school districts, community colleges, community or faith-based organizations, volunteer literacy programs, nonprofit agencies (both public and private), public libraries, state institutions, and correctional facilities.

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Joe Marquez is an educator! For over 15 years he has been a leader in technology and innovation for thousands of educators worldwide. Currently he is the Director of Academic Innovation for CUE, the same organization that ignited his love for EdTech so many years ago. His innovative spirit, outgoing attitude and outrageous personality has earned him the coveted titles of Certified Google Innovator, Certified Google Trainer, Common Sense Ambassador, Apple Teacher, AVID Staff Developer and Microsoft Innovative Educator. Joe has been an adjunct Professor for the Fresno Pacific University Educational Technology Master's Program and is a guest instructor for the Fresno State Teacher Track Academy and Teachers Pathway T.A.C.O.S (Technology, Aerospace, and Collaboration Opportunities in STEM) Summer Institute. Joe is also the Founder of the professional development YouTube Channel SonsOfTechnology External Link Icon opens in new window or tab and co-host of the Sons of Technology Podcast.

People love TDLS! Over 95% of attendees rated TDLS highly!

Over 370 attendees!

84 presentations to choose from!

100% positive attendee rating for the TDLS Tech Slam!

TDLS is a hybrid event! >52% attended virtually last year!

General Topics

  • Using AI in Adult Education
  • Digital Learning Models: HyFlex, Hybrid, Blended, Online, and Distance
  • Engaging, Enhancing, and Extending Learning in the Classroom
  • Developing Digital Literacy Skills
  • Learning Management System: Canvas
  • Online Resources and EdTech Tools for Adult Education
  • Open Education Resources
  • Tech Playground: AR, VR, and Devices
  • And much more!

Category Strands

  • Ensuring Equity and Access
  • Digital Learning Foundations
  • Designing Learning Experiences
  • Digital Learning Models
  • Online Engagement and Assessment
  • Student Support Services
  • Corrections, Re-Entry, and Rehabilitation
  • Program Administration and Coordination

Note: OTAN plans on recording many of the sessions and will share those after TDLS once they become available.

Videos of some of our TDLS 2023 presentations are posted on the OTAN website on our TDLS Video Presentations External Link Icon opens in new window or tab page.


Friday, March 1, 2024 & Saturday, March 2, 2024

  • Registration/Breakfast – 7:30am-8:30am
  • Welcome & Keynote – 8:45am–10:15am
  • Session 1 – 10:30am-12:00pm
  • Lunch – 12:00pm-1:00pm
  • Session 2 – 1:00pm-2:00pm
  • Session 3 – 2:15pm-3:45pm
  • Session 4 – 4:00pm-5:00pm
  • Registration/Breakfast – 8:00am-9:00am
  • Session 5 – 9:15am-10:15am
  • Session 6 – 10:30am-11:30am
  • Lunch – 11:45am-12:45pm
  • Session 7 – 1:00pm-2:00pm
  • Close/Tech Slam – 2:15pm-3:15pm
  • All times are PST
  • Please refer to the conference schedule for the list of sessions and their days and times.

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