Online Resources for Adult Education

The Internet provides a central clearinghouse for education professionals, including those focused on adult learning. Among some of its most useful resources are those associated with government-sponsored sites, educational television, nonprofit associations, libraries, and universities. These categories provide reliable, proven data time and again.

One of the most outstanding features of using these sources of information is that they are available to learners of all types, no matter their location. As long as an educator or learner has Internet access, they are able to tap into a wide array of learning resources.

Government-Sponsored Sites
Although it’s obvious that the Department of Education offers an amazing array of resources for most teachers, there are many other departments, administrative divisions, and bureaus of the government that also provide great free information for adult educators. Just a few examples of government resource providers include the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), The Library of Congress, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the National Park Service (NPS), even the White House. Just about every branch of the government provides information that can be of use to adult educators.

Educational Television Programming Sites
Many groups who focus on providing educational programming on television are also great resources of information for educators. Some examples include The National Geographic Society (NGS), the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), and the Discovery Channel.

In addition, many other professional associations, who may or may not have television programming, frequently provide a great clearinghouse of educational resources as well. Consider both general groups like the National Education Association (NEA), as well as more specialized groups like the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (AMTE). In addition to professional groups focused on education, there are many other groups who frequently offer educational information in their own specialized area. Most nonprofits list “education” as one of their goals, and topics are far ranging. Just a couple of examples would be the AAAS (the largest international scientific society), the APA (American Psychological Association), and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

Libraries and Universities
From the American Library Association (ALA) to universities, large and small, most college libraries offer some online services, and many have quite extensive offerings online, not only for the use of their own students, but for the public at large, including adult educators at other locations. Also consider specialized libraries, such as those specializing in medical research or law. Some universities, such as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), even offers free online courses to anyone interested.

In short, there are myriad resources online for adult educators (and learners). Just about anyone who wants to learn more about just about any subject needs merely to go online to find a wealth of information and resources. The challenge is to choose among such a rich offering of educational resources online.