Call for Proposals

To our Adult Education Colleagues...

OTAN invites you to submit a proposal to present at the upcoming Technology and Distance Learning Symposium, March 3-4, at the Chula Vista Adult School. This event will be both in-person and accessed virtually.

This is an opportunity to share best practices, engaging strategies, and other resources or to facilitate a lively discussion with fellow practitioners related to one or more of the Category Strands listed below. Share your talent and perspective with others! TDLS promises to bring the adult educator community together to collaborate and build capacity.

All presenters and participants will have login credentials for the TDLS event. If your proposal is accepted, please be sure to complete your presenter profile and upload a photo when prompted to complete your presenter account.

Presenter information and training will be provided later. Be sure to provide an email address you check frequently for presenter and OTAN communications.

The TDLS Call for Proposals deadline has been extended to Friday, December 30! It's not too late to submit your TDLS proposal!


Please consider one of the following presentation formats when submitting your proposal:

  • Demonstration – Demonstrate and explain a tech tool, technique, or strategy, while allowing time for participant questions and interaction.
  • Follow-along workshop – Present a tech tool, technique, or strategy, while participants follow along on their devices and mirror what the presenter is doing.
  • A panel or facilitated discussion is meant to be an open forum, allowing presenters and participants to discuss a specific topic of interest to the field. A panel or facilitated discussion proposal needs to include a key topic and a set of facilitated questions that the presenter(s) will use to guide participant conversation.

    Note: Vendor sessions are not accepted. However, agencies/presenters are welcome to invite vendors to partner and present successful use of products. The teacher should be the lead presenter and the vendor representative should be a co-presenter.

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(500 character maximum - The Abstract is a basic description of your session that will be included on the main program page under the session title.)

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(1000 character maximum - The Description is a longer explanation of what will happen during your session and will be included on the session page along with the presenter photo and profile.)

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

Ensuring Equity and Access This session focuses on digital equity as a prerequisite to engage in digital learning, such as: access to digital devices, connectivity to high-speed internet, and developing digital literacy skills. Strategies for meeting the needs of diverse learners, including accessibility requirements, UDL principles, and other topics may be covered as well.
Digital Learning Foundations This session centers on addressing the unique characteristics of adult learners, best practices in design and implementation of learning, connecting standards and practice, and professional development that supports staff in preparing for digital learning.
Designing Learning Experiences This session centers on selecting and using technology integration frameworks or models and digital tools (including LMS and OER) for communication, collaboration, learning management, and other functions to help students reach learning goals and outcomes.
Digital Learning Models This session centers on adult education digital learning models – distance education, blended and hybrid learning, and HyFlex or other flex models – and planning for and implementation of models that meet student learning needs.
Online Engagement and Assessment This session centers around specific techniques and strategies that focus on engaging learners in online environments, including the use of various digital assessment tools to inform instruction and enhance teaching and learning.
Student Support Services This session centers around student support services provided by agencies including student orientation, transition support services, human services (i.e., childcare, transportation), SEL, and other resources provided to learners with the aim of fostering a healthy, equitable, and inclusive learning community.
Corrections, Re-Entry, and Rehabilitation This session centers around technology integration and implementation in an environment with incarcerated adults or those placed on parole, in residential re-entry centers, and within rehabilitation facilities, particularly around the challenges of offering critical digital skills training to individuals.
Program Administration and Coordination This session centers on strategies for program development, improvement, or change management in a variety of areas, including personnel, instruction, partnerships, and vision, that transform digital learning at the agency.
Adult Basic Education
Adult Secondary Education
Adults with Disabilities
English as a Second Language
Pre-Apprenticeship and Apprenticeship
Short-term Career Technical Education
Workforce Preparation

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Lead Presenter

For a presentation with Co-Presenters, please select as Lead Presenter the person who will be responsible for managing and communicating all important information to other presenters in a timely manner.

Attendees have requested a way to review presenter qualifications and conference experience. Please provide a short profile briefly outlining your teaching and conference presentation experience.

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Only share the Lead Presenters

Upon acceptance of your presentation, presenters will be required to submit all website addresses they intend to visit or use during their session.

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The Technology and Distance Learning Symposium is a public in-person and online event for 2023. As such, each participant, presenter, and co-presenter will be required to register for the event and sign a media release form giving permission for OTAN to post photos, multimedia, audio or video for marketing purposes for the conference. Additionally, these materials may be used to promote and market professional development and different OTAN events to a larger audience. Once your proposal is accepted, the lead presenter and all co-presenters will be sent a confirmation email.