Title: Active Ageing and ICT for Learning
Authors: ALA-MUTKA Kirsti MariaPUNIE YVES
Publisher: IOS Press
Publication Year: 2009
JRC N°: JRC44568
ISBN: 978-1-58603-937-0
URI: http://www.iospress.nl/loadtop/load.php?isbn=atr
DOI: 10.3233/978-1-58603-937-0-128
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: The role of learning is changing in ageing societies as the ageing phenomenon causes pressures to improve the quality of life and active participation of older people for promoting active ageing. Learning provides means to improve both the physical and mental health as well as general activity of older people. Research suggests that older people do have learning needs and are interested in learning and active ageing, but opportunities for participating to meaningful learning activities in old age are scarce and the conditions not always right. However, participation to learning communities is not only important for the older people themselves but also for younger generations to access and learn from the knowledge and experiences of older people. ICT can provide new means for creating learning opportunities for older people, both for organized education and for building communities for informal learning and communication. However, ICT tools are new for many older people today and the threshold for taking up new tools for beginning new learning activities may be high. Attention is needed to improve the usability of tools, access to the equipment, and to the types of learning opportunities provided. As the background and motivation of older people may differ from each other as well as from younger generations, special considerations are needed to design ICT supported learning approaches that enable relevant learning for all participants.
JRC Directorate:Growth and Innovation

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