Webfinder: Adult & Continuing Education

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CAUTION! Before signing up or paying for any education program, please verify that the school or program is properly accredited. A complete list of recognized accrediting agencies may be found on the U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION website.

LOCAL RESOURCES:

South Plainfield School District: Adult Education – Information on local adult education programs including Adult High School, Adult School Brochure, and Trip List.

Middlesex County College Continuing Education – Information about non-credit certificate programs and courses to support career and professional development, career training center, and more. To find out more about courses, programs, payments, and transfers, see Middlesex County College Information for Adult Students.

GENERAL RESOURCES:

Distance Education Accrediting Commission – The accrediting agency for distance education (formerly Distance Education and Training Council). Includes a searchable directory of accredited distance education high schools and postsecondary institutions offering a variety of programs from non-degree through bachelors, masters and professional doctoral degree levels. A complete list of recognized accrediting agencies may be found on the U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION website.

GCF Learn Free – Free tutorials, articles, and other learning materials aimed at helping you improve the technology, literacy, and math skills needed for success in both work and life. Covers a wide range of subjects from operating ATMs and reading subway maps to using office software and running a home-based business. For learning on the go, download a free mobile app for iOS, Android or Kindle. (Non-profit organization: Goodwill Community Foundation)

Mobile Apps to Support and Enhance Online Courses – Links and resources for using mobile apps in three areas of online learning: Learning, Connection to the University, School or Organization, and Connection to the Instructor. (United States Distance Learning Association)

Open Education Consortium (formerly Open Courseware) – Free online college-level course materials covering a broad range of topics, from universities around the world. Includes course overviews, assignments, readings, handouts, practice exams, and related resources (Non-profit educational consortium). Coursera also offers free online courses from top universities including Princeton, Duke, Georgia Tech, University of Virginia, University of Illinois, and many others. Learn at your own pace, test your knowledge, and reinforce concepts through interactive exercises. Courses cover a wide range of topics in the Humanities, Medicine, Biology, Social Sciences, Mathematics, Business, and Science (founded by Daphne Koller and Andrew Ng, Stanford University). The edX site offers online classes from the world’s best universities. Topics include biology, business, chemistry, computer science, economics, finance, electronics, engineering, food and nutrition, history, humanities, law, literature, math, medicine, music, philosophy, physics, science, statistics and more (non-profit created by Harvard and MIT). The Saylor Foundation also has a free collection of self-paced, college-level courses, with no registrations or fees, and no application process; registration is required if you wish to receive a certificate for completing a course (Non-profit organization). Udacity offers interactive online courses developed ‘to provide the most relevant and cutting-edge tech education that bridges the gap between academia and the needs of the 21st century workforce.’ (Sebastian Thrun et al.) [NOTE: All Udacity courses provide free access to course materials, but some additional services may be offered for a fee.]. Open Yale Courses ‘provides free and open access to a selection of introductory courses taught by distinguished teachers and scholars at Yale University.’ 2U: Online Graduate Programs [NEW!] ‘partners with some of the world’s leading colleges and universities to offer online graduate degree programs to students everywhere… Most programs can be completed on a full-time or part-time basis.’

Road Scholar and Lifelong Learning Institutes – Educational travel and lifelong learning opportunities for adults. Non-profit organization; there is a charge for travel programs.

See also Sites for Seniors: Education.

Links updated November 2016.

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