To blend or not to blend, that’s the question: Focus group discussion about the future of learning

Session 1: 2:45–4:15 PM, Zoom Room 11


OTAN writes a summary of distance/blended learning as part of their annual report. Over the years there is a marked decline in distance and blended learning in CA, due to a variety of reasons. Yet, research shows that using blended teaching has greater positive learning impacts than face-to-face or purely distance alone. In this session, some results of California’s distance learning report are presented to facilitate focus group discussions with session participants about changes over the years and opportunities in the future. To participate in the session, participants are required to consent to the use of the results of the focus group discussions to inform work of OTAN for future research projects or reports. Individual focus group discussions will not be recorded, only the results presented to all session participants will be. Participants have the option to withdraw their consent at any time during and after the session, for whatever reason. Data gathered will be kept confidential and secure. We are hoping to articulate directions for future research and policies, and document promising practices to recommend. For a copy of the distance/blended learning reports look in the appendix of the OTAN annual reports here:


Penny Pearson


Matthias Sturm

Adult Education Researcher and Consultant

Type of Presentation

Panel or Facilitated Discussion (1 hour)



Program Strands

  • All

Category Strands

  • Blended Learning
  • Distance Learning
  • Program Administration and Coordination
  • Digital Equity and Access
  • Corrections, Re-Entry, and Rehabilitation
  • Online Engagement and Assessment