Digital Literacy in Adult Education

Digital Literacy Resources for Adult Education


Digital literacy and connectivity are no longer just optional luxuries, they are a necessity for academic and workforce success. Digital literacy is just as crucial to success in adult learning as it is for any grade level. It is of critical importance for workforce training, and for today’s evolving life skills. Adults need digital literacy just to be able to navigate public and social systems, and the important resources available.

Without digital literacy skills, parents cannot help with, or monitor their children’s academic work or online activities.

Applying for most jobs requires online applications. Applying for many subsidies requires online applications.

Health and Medical Providers are moving to online scheduling and communication formats widening inequity gaps (1). Finding reliable online health information requires digital literacy (2).

Banks, Finance, and Insurance companies want you to use an App to interact with them.

Avoiding scams and staying safe online requires digital literacy.

Fortunately, there are extensive free resources available for digital literacy. There are also subsidies available for internet connectivity to help remove that barrier. Most libraries offer free WiFi and have computers available for use.

Following is a Prezi presentation I created for a workshop I conducted at the Maine Adult Education Association Conference:

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) unfortunately closed new applications on Feb. 7th 2024.

There is a bicameral, bipartisan bill proposed to extend it. The ACP Extension Act (HR6929/S.3565) needs your advocacy to help it get passed.

Link to support letter

Find your representative

Steps to support the The ACP Extension Act (HR6929/S.3565) Webinar

Digital Literacy for Adult Education Resource Links:

The Literacy Information and Communication System (LINCS) Teaching Skills That Matter (TSTM) Digital Literacy:

The Literacy Information and Communication System Digital Literacy Initiatives:

NH DOE Digital Literacy Library

Adult Learning Resource Center:

Google for Education:

Microsoft Digital Literacy Courses and Resources:

Goodwill Community Foundation (GCF) Global:

Digital Promise How to Support Digital Literacy in Adult Learners:

Downloadable PDFs with Digital Literacy Resources for Adult Education:

Digital Literacy, a Guide for Adult Education Programs

Digital Literacy Guide for Adult Learners

DigitalUS Report

Maryland Digital Literacy Framework

Northstar Digital Literacy Standards

Teaching Skills That Matter Toolkit


(1). Richardson, S., Lawrence, K., Schoenthaler, A.M. et al. A framework for digital health equity. npj Digit. Med. 5, 119 (2022).

(2). Wardlow, L, Leff, B, Biese, K, et al. Development of telehealth principles and guidelines for older adults: A modified Delphi approach. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2023; 71( 2): 371- 382. doi:10.1111/jgs.18123