California Adult Ed Technology and Distance Learning – A Look at the Data

Session 7: 1:00pm-2:00pm (Saturday March 02, 2024)



We share preliminary findings from OTAN’s annual Technology and Distance Learning for California Adult Education report that provide a broad overview of distance learning in WIOA-funded adult schools and noncredit community college programs in California. The findings are based on the 2022-2023 program year results from the Student Technology Intake Survey, the Teacher Technology Skills Self-Assessment, the NRS Federal Reporting Tables 4, 4C, and 5A, the Program Implementation Survey, and a follow-up survey from OTAN earlier this year. Session participants are invited to reflect on multi-year results and engage in a discussion about online and blended learning as well as the impact of technology adoption in the delivery of program offerings. We would also like to share with participants where we think we are heading and hear from participants about the challenges and opportunities of online and blended learning in adult education at the agency, local, regional, and state levels.


Lead Presenter Bio Photo

Matthias Sturm

Adult Education Researcher

Matthias Sturm is an adult education researcher and PhD Candidate at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada. He has worked on OTAN’s annual Technology and Distance Learning reports for the past four years. His professional work and scholarship are informed by his experiences as a practitioner, researcher, and evaluator in the adult literacy and settlement language training sectors for over 20 years, and he is interested in documenting adult learners’ experiences in online interactions.

CoPresenter Bio Photo

Anthony Burik


Anthony Burik is the Coordinator, Distance Learning Projects with OTAN, a California state leadership project that focuses on assisting adult education staff with effectively applying technology into instruction and program administration. Anthony has provided face-to-face and online training on a variety of topics for OTAN at sites and conferences across the state. He previously worked with a San Francisco Bay Area adult school for 15 years mostly in ESL and EL Civics as well as GED testing.

Type of Presentation

Panel or Facilitated discussion (60 minutes)


  • Teachers
  • Administrators

Program Strands

  • Adult Basic Education
  • Adult Secondary Education
  • English as a Second Language

Category Strands

  • Ensuring Equity and Access
  • Digital Learning Foundations
  • Digital Learning Models
  • Program Administration and Coordination