Initiatives encouraging e-Learning among older Europeans

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Title: Initiatives encouraging e-Learning among older Europeans
Authors: Gilligan, Rosemarie
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Date: 2003
Abstract: There are a surprising number of initiatives taking place in Europe which encourage older people to use ICT and in this way promote e-learning. Training is vital for the successful uptake of ICTs and the future of e-learning among older Europeans. At present, general education varies greatly among older people in Europe and illiteracy is still a problem. Many older people in Europe speak very little English, but a lot of content, software and computer terminology is in English. Nevertheless the experience of existing training courses targeted at older people is that language is not a real barrier to learning. The fact that browser software is in English, for example, is not a significant problem if ultimately interesting own-language content is available. In general, older men have a higher level of education, are more interested in ICT and are more likely to use computers at work; therefore older women need to receive special attention.
Type of material: Working Paper
Publisher: University College Dublin. Institute for the Study of Social Change (Geary Institute)
Series/Report no.: ISSC Discussion Paper Series; WP2003/11
Subject LCSH: Internet in education--Europe
Older people--Education--Europe
Language and education--Europe
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Language: en
Status of Item: Not peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Geary Institute Working Papers

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