The following work deals primarily with the interest and motivation of non-professional adult education in rural areas. Therefore, a quantitative study on adult education behaviour was carried out in the village of Hollenstein/Ybbs, situated in Lower Austria. Due to peripheral location of rural areas, it is assumed that residents of rural areas have to fight with structural disadvantages regarding the possibility of joining non-professional trainings. This work is divided into a theoretical and empirical part, where trends and problems of adult education - especially on the country side - are discussed. Examining adult education, the development of interests and motivation are important influences to be considered, especially the self-determination theory of Deci and Ryan and the flow theory of Csikszentmihalyi are worth an insight. There will also be found an overview of e-learning-settings and marketing of adult education. The carried out survey shows that due to the peripheral location and low readiness to drive further for visiting a non-professional training or course as well as the discontent of the local adult education possibilities, a wider offer of further trainings for adults is recommended, but of course not possible to implement. According to the results, it would be great to focus on e-learning-methods. Residents with higher education qualifications are using e-learning more often than residents with lower education qualifications. Many people are not aware of the fact that they are using e-learning-tools as they are not conscious about it. In order to fight against the digital divide, it is necessary to help people with problems on electronic devices and offer possibilities for training.