Technology and Distance Learning Symposium 2024 - Welcome

From the Adult Education Director

Renee Collins

We are thrilled to extend a warm welcome to you for the annual Technology and Distance Learning Symposium 2024, hosted by OTAN. This hybrid gathering serves as a unique platform for both aspiring and seasoned adult education practitioners to come together, sharing insights and staying updated on the latest developments in digital technology and examining how we can build digital resiliency among adult education staff and students.

Whether you are a first-time attendee or a participant returning for the twelfth time, we thank you for putting your trust in OTAN and for committing to making this professional learning opportunity a valuable investment of your time. Our promise is to create a welcoming environment, both in-person and online, ensuring that your experience is truly worthwhile.

As in previous years, OTAN invites you to engage in a dynamic program featuring stimulating keynotes, interactive presentations, lively discussions, and ample opportunities to connect with like-minded colleagues. TDLS will offer 60 sessions over two days, covering a spectrum of topics, including AI, digital learning strategies (Hyflex, hybrid, blended, online, and distance), learning management systems, ed tech integration, online engagement, digital literacy, and more. The content is designed to be relevant to each of the seven California Adult Education Program-approved program areas, making it inclusive for everyone.

To make the most of your experience, we encourage you to explore the online conference platform in advance. Utilize the My TDLS tool to build a conference schedule tailored to your needs and interests. Additionally, don’t miss our closing activity, the fast-paced and engaging TDLS Slam, where participants share new learning and tools from the symposium.

Also, not to be missed is our keynote speaker, Joe Marquez, a leader in technology and innovation for educators worldwide. With over 15 years of experience, Joe serves as the Director of Academic Innovation for CUE. His keynote promises to be energizing, motivating, and inspiring as we contemplate how to connect adult education students to the digital tools that will aid them in their educational, career, and life pursuits.

Renee Collins
Adult Education Director
Sacramento County Office of Education

From the CDE Administrator

Dr. Carolyn Zachry

Welcome to this year’s eagerly anticipated Technology and Distance Learning Symposium! TDLS 2024 again embraces the dynamic hybrid format and its exciting possibilities. We'd like to thank Fremont Adult and Continuing Education and its amazing staff for welcoming us to their campus.

Our keynote speaker for this year is Joe Marquez, a distinguished educator with over 15 years of leadership in technology and innovation worldwide. Currently serving as the Director of Academic Innovation for CUE, Joe's wealth of experience promises an engaging keynote that will set the tone for an exceptional symposium.

In addition to our keynote, we're thrilled to announce multiple sessions dedicated to exploring the best ways to incorporate AI in the adult education classroom. These sessions will provide valuable insights and strategies for leveraging AI to enhance the learning experience for adult students.

Join us for daily Networking opportunities throughout TDLS, and don't miss the grand finale – the ever-popular Tech Slam!

As you participate in TDLS 2024, we encourage you to share your learning and experiences through social media connections using the hashtags #TDLS24, #AdultEDU, #AdultEducation, or #EdTech. Be sure to tag the Adult Education Office's X (Twitter) handle @CAAdultEd External Link Icon opens in new window or tab

Get ready for an inspiring and innovative Technology and Distance Learning Symposium! See you there!

Dr. Carolyn Zachry
Education Administrator/State Director
California Department of Education

Keynote Speaker

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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.

Joe Marquez
Director of Academic Innovation