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 deadline to submit a proposal is December 19th, 2022.


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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Blended and Hybrid Learning Session centers on blended and hybrid instruction using multiple methods of instruction (face-to-face and online, synchronous and/or asynchronous), learners using online materials, curriculum, and resources, and integration of technology to help learners meet learning goals.
Distance Learning Session centers on distance instruction as the primary means of instructing learners using real-time (synchronous) instruction, as well as asynchronous tools such as learning management systems, online learning programs, or simple paper-packets distributed to learners.
Digital Equity and Access Session centers around the issues of social-economic disparities regarding access to digital tools, the Internet, devices, and more. These sessions can offer panel discussions, strategies, research, program development, and planning.
Technology Application Session centers on techniques and strategies or methods of applying technology in the learning environment. This can include software programs, online resources, hardware implementation, and more.
Online Engagement and Assessment Session centers around specific techniques and strategies centered around engaging learners in online environments. These strategies may/or may not include methods to deploy assessments in the online environment.
Corrections, Re-Entry, and Rehabilitation Session centers around technology integration and implementation in an environment of incarcerated adults or those placed on parole, in residential re-entry centers, and within rehabilitation facilities. Prison, jail, and rehabilitation programs are particularly challenged to offer critical digital skills. Sessions providing strategies and methods would be beneficial to the field.
Program Administration and Coordination Session centers on strategies for program improvement, development, or change management. Can also include management strategies in all areas, personnel, partnerships, and negotiations.
Student Support Services Session centers around student support services provided by agencies to support learner success. These sessions can include information on student intake, transition support services, human services (i.e. child care, transportation), student orientation, and other processes or resources provided to learners.
Adult Basic Education
Adult Secondary Education
Career Technical Education
English as a Second Language

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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.