Nobody's An Outsider—Onramps to COABE
Participate in Research
Given the recent changes in the format and requirements of the General Education Development (GED) test and Career Pathways, instructors have been asked to change their approaches to providing instruction to their students.
The purpose of this study is to explore the experiences of GED/Career Pathways instructors as they received professional development in preparation for the new exams and requirements. The following will be examined: the types of professional development being offered, the experiences of the instructors in those offerings, and how new skills and information provided in the professional development was incorporated into instructors' performances. Volunteers are needed participate in an interview during the COABE 2015 conference. The interview will last no more than an hour. If you are interested, please contact the researchers Jim Berger at email@example.com or Regina O. Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org
Technology Survey Results
During the fall, many COABE members participated in a survey exploring the current and potential role for instructional technologies in adult education. We'd like to follow up and share the final publication, as well as invite you to help us share the data and findings with the full field of adult education stakeholders.
"Learning for Life: The Opportunity for Technology to Transform Adult Education" is the first of two papers exploring the effective use of advanced learning technologies in adult education and presents findings from the national survey. Published by Tyton Partners (formerly Education Growth Advisers) with support from the Joyce Foundation and in partnership with the Commission on Adult Basic Education, the paper is available for free download here.
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 FREE@ed.gov 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.
Adult Education Degree and Credentialing Programs Portal
Many 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 Amazon.com
• 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.
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 email@example.com 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