Online Courses

E-Learning Professional Development

E-Learning from the EdTech Center @ World Education offers online professional development courses for adult education professionals. We have free, self-paced courses that can be taken at any time and facilitated courses that are available to groups for a fee.

Online courses allow us to offer top quality evidence-based professional development to adult education professionals across the country in a format that is convenient and easy to use and offers the opportunity to interact with colleagues and content experts.

We work with groups of 8 and up to schedule the courses they are interested in. To find out how to get your group started, please contact us.

Course Index


What’s the difference between a self-paced and a facilitated course?

Facilitated courses are led by an instructor. They have fixed schedules and participants work their way through together. Self-paced courses can be taken any time.

What is the schedule for facilitated courses? Do I have to be online at a specific time?

Facilitated courses open and close on specified dates. Participants in these courses follow a weekly schedule of readings and assignments, but they can do their work at any time during the week. Some courses will have scheduled live chats or webinars. If so, these will be scheduled around participant availability as much as possible.

What is an asynchronous discussion?

Online course participants communicate through a discussion board within the course system. Participants type their responses to discussion prompts provided in the course, and other course participants can type replies. Participants contribute to the discussion at times that are convenient to them. They do not have to be online at the same time.


Do participants need to be teaching in a classroom to complete assignments?

No. If needed, course instructors will work with participants who do not have access to adult learners to come up with alternate activities. Sometimes, participants can try suggested activities with a group of colleagues or other adults instead of in an actual classroom or tutoring context.

Do participants need to have experience with online learning to take a course?

We welcome first time online learners and encourage them to give it a try. Our course facilitators are experienced with supporting participants throughout the learning process.

What are the technical requirements for participation?

To participate in courses, participants must have access to a reliable computer with an Internet connection. We recommend a high-speed Internet connection. Read more about system requirements.

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