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Open Educational Resources (OER):
A Fact Sheet for Adult Education

What are OER?
OER are free and openly licensed educational materials that can be used for teaching and learning. OER are abundant, customizable, free, and convenient to integrate into lessons.

What is the value of OER in adult education?
Quality OER can be powerful tools to enhance learning and instruction in adult education. OER help students achieve their learning goals by providing flexible and accessible supplements to instruction. OER encourage life-long learning habits in students by providing them with personalized and readily available learning materials. OER also help educators do their job better by augmenting instruction and helping teachers learn about new topics and by providing online professional development. More...


Free Educational Resources

The Federal Registry for Educational Excellence (FREE) makes it easier to find digital teaching and learning resources created and maintained by the federal government and public and private organizations.


About the new Beta version

We are excited to introduce a new version of FREE, which is powered by the Learning Registry — an open database for sharing digital learning resources. It runs on a custom version of WordPress, an open source content management system. The new FREE incorporates a responsive design to best serve our customers who access FREE from mobile devices.

The new FREE is a work in progress. We are mapping more and more resources to national and state standards and envision adding more social features to the site in the future.

We welcome your feedback and ideas. Contact us at or on Twitter @FreeResources.

Background on FREE

FREE was conceived in 1997 by a federal working group in response to a memo from the President. The site was launched a year later. It was redesigned and relaunched for the first time in November 2006 and again in June 2013.


The Alexander N. Charters Adult Education Grants-in-Aid Program

The Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) at Syracuse University Libraries invites applicants for its Alexander N. and Margaret Charters Adult Education Grants-in-Aid Program, now in its seventh year. Up to $4,000 of grants-in-aid will be awarded in 2014 to researchers, scholars, and practitioners wishing to work with our adult education collections and materials. The actual amount of each award will depend upon the scope of the research outlined in the applicant's proposal. Winners will be encouraged to submit copies of any scholarly output resulting from their work for inclusion in SUrface, Syracuse University's institutional repository.

The application deadline is January 15, 2015; winners will be announced by March 1, 2015. Grant funds must be used between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016. For information on how to apply, visit the Charters Grants-in-Aid Program website at

The Charters Library of Resources for Educators of Adults is the world's most comprehensive collection of English-language materials in the field of adult and continuing education. The collection includes more than 90 manuscript collections, 2,100 books, 50 professional journals, 220 newsletters, 400 sound recordings, 100 video recordings, 10,000 photographs, and 2,800 master's theses and dissertations. Also included are the papers of individuals such as William Langner, Beverly Cassara, and its namesake, Alexander Charters, as well as the records of such pivotal organizations as Laubach Literacy International, the National University Continuing Education Association, and the Adult Education Association/American Association for Adult and Continuing Education. More information is available on the SCRC website at

The Special Collections Research Center at Syracuse University Libraries, home of the Charters Library, has more than 150,000 printed works and over 2,000 manuscript and archival collections. Its holdings are particularly strong in the 20th century, and include the personal papers and manuscripts of such luminaries as artist Grace Hartigan, inspirational preacher Norman Vincent Peale, author Joyce Carol Oates, photojournalist Margaret Bourke White, and industrial designer Walter Dorwin Teague, as well as the records of organizations such as avant-garde publisher Grove Press. A full list of all SCRC collections is available from our website at


New Partnership with the Career Pathways Exchange

COABE recently became a new partner organization of the Career Pathways Exchange (the Exchange). Funded by the U.S. Department of Education as a component of its Moving Pathways Forward: Supporting Career Pathways Integration initiative, the Exchange is a free information service that consolidates and distributes career pathways-related resources, events, and information from federal and state agencies and partner organizations. The Exchange streamlines information from multiple outlets to facilitate a deeper national dialogue on career pathways systems development and implementation. 

Launching in early October, the Career Pathways Exchange offers subscribers the opportunity to receive the latest high-quality information on career pathways from a single source. Subscribers can select to receive email digests on their topics of interest related to career pathways. The Exchange's growing partner list includes CLASP, Jobs for the Future, the National Skills Coalition, the Association for Career and Technical Education, and many more--all of whom will contribute content to the Exchange, as well as share the latest updates from the Moving Pathways Forward initiative with their own stakeholders. 

With the passing of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) into law, the role of career pathways systems in improving our nation's economy is more important than ever. We encourage you to subscribe to the Career Pathways Exchange to remain in the know and receive helpful resources in your work to advance career pathways systems. You can also follow the Exchange on FacebookTwitter, and Pinterest.

Education Policy Fellowship Program

The 2014-2015 Education Policy Fellowship Program (EPFP) sponsored by the Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL) begins this fall in 14 states and the District of Columbia.

Since the establishment of the Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL) in 1964, the Education Policy Fellowship Program (EPFP) has been at the core of the Institute’s work to serve as a catalyst for improvements to the education system. IEL’s mission is: To equip leaders to work together across boundaries to build effective systems that prepare children and youth for postsecondary education, careers, and citizenship.

The EPFP serves this mission by providing a unique professional and personal development laboratory for applying new insights and cultivating new skills in the areas of educational policy, leadership, and networking. This 10-month professional development program has been fundamental to developing leaders in the education field across the country for more than half a century.

Learn more about the EPFP experience on our website and share this email broadly with your networks.  Each state’s web page provides specific information about the programs, including start dates, schedules, and applications.

Contact us with any questions about the EPFP.  Contact site coordinators directly as listed on each state’s web page, or contact IEL for general information at epfp@iel.orgThis valuable program supports the personal growth of emerging and existing leaders and their professional career growth. The EPFP provides an incredibly rich network of policymakers, researchers, practitioners, and advocates throughout the education policy field. 

Please share the information below about the EPFP broadly with your networks in the field of education.

Note – Currently, there are 14 EPFP programs including:  Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Washington, DC, and a new programs is beginning in Missouri this fall.

Adult Education Degree and Credentialing Programs Portal

imgMany adult educators seek courses and higher education degrees in adult education. However, little has been known about which higher education institutions offer these courses specific to our field.  With over 400 unique listings, this Portal is an interactive, one-stop online resource connecting you to higher education degree programs in our field that best meet your professional learning needs.

The Portal will allow you to:

• Easily find program information on higher education degree programs in adult education across the country
• Weigh important considerations when choosing the best program fit for you
• Enable you to write and publish reviews of your higher education degree program, like one would review a book on
• Learn more about featured programs and interact with guest bloggers from these programs
• Use social media to share program information with your professional learning networks

Degree program coordinators can add and update information about their program offerings and participate as guest bloggers on topics of interest to adult education practitioners.

This initiative is developed in partnership with TESOL International Association, the American Institutes for Research, the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education, the National Adult Educational Professional Development Consortium, and the Coalition of Lifelong Learning Organizations and is generously funded by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation.

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This initiative is made possible through the generous support of the Dollar General Literacy Foundation.








COABE's Online Resource Repository

Learn about new and exciting best practices and resources for adult education at COABE's Online Resource Repository.

COABE Presenters are welcome to send their presentations to for inclusion in COABE's online repository so that all members can access and share the best practices garnered from the national conference.

Generously funded by Dollar General Literacy Foundation

“Thank you for this information. The online repository will be a very helpful addition to our resource collection. I am very grateful for all the information and resources you took the time to post.” COABE member