ERIC Number: ED467527
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Connecting People, Practices, and Policies: Evaluation of the Outreach and Technical Assistance Network (OTAN).
Alamprese, Judith A.; Stickney, Eric
By establishing its Outreach and Technical Assistance Network (OTAN) in 1989, California became the first state to spend substantial funds on building a technological infrastructure for adult education. OTAN's goals are as follows: foster communication among state officials, researchers, and local administrators, instructors, and staff in adult education; facilitate access to library and other information about adult education policies and practices; and provide technical assistance in introducing the use of technology to adult educators. OTAN's history may be divided into the following periods: (1) building the foundation (1989-1994); (2) building a communication and information system (1994-1997); and (3) enhancing the system (1997-1999). OTAN's staff has provided training and technical assistance to enable its subscribers to feel comfortable using technology and to become facile in accessing OTAN's various services and materials. To reach a variety of adult education programs throughout California, OTAN's staff has provided on-site training in regional resource centers and local programs. Work is under way to enhance OTAN's roles as a platform for furthering the use of technology and as a gateway to adult education resources worldwide. Copies of the OTAN user and nonuser surveys and seven graphics depicting use of an OTAN Web site are appended.(Contains 12 tables/figures and 10 references.) (MN)
Descriptors: Access to Information, Adult Education, Adult Educators, Adult Learning, Computer Literacy, Computer Uses in Education, Cooperative Planning, Delivery Systems, Educational Technology, Financial Support, Information Dissemination, Information Networks, Linking Agents, Online Systems, Outreach Programs, Professional Development, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Questionnaires, Statewide Planning, Surveys, Systems Approach, Technical Assistance, Technological Advancement, Training, World Wide Web
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Sacramento County Office of Education, CA.
Authoring Institution: Abt Associates, Inc., Bethesda, MD.
Identifiers - Location: California