Title: Ageing Societies, Learning and ICT
Authors: ALA-MUTKA Kirsti MariaPUNIE YVES
Citation: eLearning Papers no. 6
Publisher: European Commission
Publication Year: 2007
JRC N°: JRC41179
ISSN: 1887-1542
URI: http://www.elearningpapers.eu/index.php?page=doc&doc_id=10636&doclng=6
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: As the share of older people increases, there is a need to improve their well-being and possibilities for integration in the knowledge society. In ageing societies, learning plays a key role in addressing challenges such as increasing social and health costs, re-skilling for employment and participation, and intergenerational sharing of experience and knowledge. It is important to recognize older people as a heterogeneous group, in terms of self-confidence for learning, learning skills and interests, health and social connections, among others. In general, older people's learning motivation is related to improving their everyday lives, to keeping themselves active, to sharing their knowledge with others and to connecting with other learners. ICT can help in providing new and flexible learning opportunities, which connect older people with each other and with younger generations. For older people, learning usually takes place in informal settings rather than in formal education and it is driven by their own interests and needs rather than by formal requirements. More attention needs to be paid to developing relevant and accessible learning opportunities and more user-friendly tools adapted to older people. Supporting learner-centred learning opportunities and personal learning skills is becoming part of lifelong learning for everybody in the knowledge society, where older people make up one group of learners and mentors, interacting and integrating with others.
JRC Directorate:Growth and Innovation

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