Transforming and Aligning EL Distance Learning

Session 2: 1:00pm-2:00pm (Friday March 01, 2024)



We will present an overview of our EL Distance Learning program and recent migration to Canvas and Ventures modules, aligning our DL with in-person class material, pacing and objectives. Canvas improves student management, builds community, and exposes EL students to the LMS. Ventures pairs well with EL Civics and opens the door to COAAPs for the first time in our DLP. Next, we will showcase our Hybrid class that incorporates online distance learning for two of four days of instruction, doubling roster capacity. We will discuss the technology used, level of teacher management required, and sustainability considering our current faculty, as we look to expand the pilot to accommodate hundreds of students on the waitlist. Our presentation concludes with advances and challenges so far and how we are utilizing both DLAC and the Program Specialist position to deliver COAAP resources, course outline development, and PLC support towards meeting our WASC alignment recommendations.


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Nikki Ross

Grossmont Adult Education

Nikki Middleton is the Program Specialist for Grossmont Adult Education, supporting WIOA programs, coordinating IELCE, and collaborating with teachers on professional development to meet program-wide goals. Nikki works with ESL, Academic, Medical and non-Medical CTE, on curriculum alignment, course outlines and syllabi, PLC work, and other projects. Nikki was an ESL teacher with GAE for 12 years, Transition Services and Business Engagement Coord. for 6 years before taking on her current role.

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Jenna Hanson

Grossmont Adult Ed

Jenna is GAE's ESL Distance Learning instructor. She integrates technology to effectively enhance both student learning and digital literacy skills. Jenna uses various platforms, technology tools, forums and LMS to deliver instruction through the Distance Learning Program. With twenty years of ESL teaching experience, Jenna is focused on new innovative models that provide a current and challenging curriculum that can specifically support student transitions into IET and CTE programs.

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Barbara Van Dyken

Grossmont Adult Ed

Barbara Van Dyken is an ESL and Digital Literacy Instructor at Grossmont Adult Education, where she has taught for over five years. She holds an M.A. in Applied Linguistics from San Diego State University, where her studies focused on Computer Assisted Language Learning and Corpus Linguistics in the classroom.

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Jennifer Owens

Grossmont Adult Ed

Jen is the ESL program administrator. Prior to this position, she was a HSE Preparation and high school diploma teacher. As an administrator, Jen values the opportunity and responsibility to be a support to faculty and staff. It is her goal to achieve this by providing teachers a variety of opportunities to build their skills as instructors and to advance their own digital literacy and increase their confidence using technology.

Type of Presentation

Follow-along Workshop (60 Minutes)


  • Teachers
  • Administrators
  • Support Staff or Other Staff (Transition Specialists, Counselors, Librarians, etc.)

Program Strands

  • English as a Second Language

Category Strands

  • Designing Learning Experiences
  • Digital Learning Models