Australian researchers suggest interest-based learning encourages seniors to learn digital skills

Image from Swidburne.edu. Older hands and a keyboard.

Image from Swidburne.edu. Older hands and a keyboard.

A group of researchers from Swinburne released a report titled “60+ Online: Engaging Seniors Through Social Media and Digital Studies” indicating that Australian seniors are more likely to learn digital skills when taught according to their own stories and interests instead of basing the learning on the functionality of the devices and services. The results echo the fact that digital skills training should be tailored to the needs of the users to show them the benefits that technology could bring into their daily lives.

The report found that a participation model based on interests for teaching digital skills increased the capabilities of seniors for daily tasks, and reduced their isolation by enabling them to communicate more efficiently, become part of community groups and access healthcare services. For instance, the researchers realized that Facebook groups were useful to encourage participants to learn by working on the common goal of creating contents they would like to share with their family and friends.

Source: Swinburne