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Subject-specific online resources, recommended websites and more.

Lifelong Learning / Adult Education

See also Career Online High School and Learning English. In addition, try the library's Online Resources for Education, including LearningExpress Library database for online practice tests and tutorials to help prepare for academic or licensing tests, and Lynda.com for Libraries or Universal Class for online courses via instructional videos.

  • Fairfax County Public Schools — Adult Education
    Offers a wide variety of courses for career and technical education, personal and academic enrichment, GED and adult high school completion, and English language learning. Classes are offered locally or online, and are open to adults of any age. Website includes an online version of the popular ACE Classes brochure.

  • Massive Open Online Courses

    MOOCs are free, online, college-level courses from universities and other providers worldwide. The following sites organize lists of available MOOCs, and provide direct links to them, making course selection easier.

  • Northern Virginia Community College — Workforce Development
    A wide variety of non-credit courses and certificate programs are available online or in person at one of the seven NOVA campuses. Registration information and a brief description of each course is provided, including price, dates, times, and locations.

  • Older Adults

    • Encore Learning
      Encore Learning offers college-level, noncredit courses, lectures, special events and activities to help meet the educational and social needs of people over 50 in the Washington, DC area. Classes are held in various locations throughout Arlington, Virginia. Annual membership dues are required, and there is an additional fee per course.

    • Lifetime Learning Institute of Northern Virginia
      The Lifetime Learning Institute is sponsored by Northern Virginia Community College but is independently run by its members to help meet the continuing education needs of older adults. Noncredit courses are given in a variety of locations in the Northern Virginia area. A membership fee is required.

    • Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

      • OLLI at American University
        The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at American University offers courses and lectures to older adults in the Washington, DC area. A membership fee is required.

      • OLLI at George Mason University
        The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at George Mason University offers courses for people in their retirement years. Classes are held at various locations in Fairfax, Reston and Sterling, Virginia. An annual fee is required.

  • Road Scholar
    Road Scholar, a nonprofit organization, provides lifelong learning adventures in the United States and around the world for adults of all ages.

Online Resources for Education

See also Homework Help Online for students in grades K-12.
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