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A study on the clarity of teaching tools used in older adults' computer training

, University of Kansas, United States

University of Kansas . Awarded


The study lasted eight weeks and was conducted with a computer study group attended by retired seniors. Participant observation and questionnaires assessed both the instructors' and participants' main objectives and outcomes for the group lectures on a scale 1 through 5. Participants rated how well they believed to have achieved the objectives set by the instructors, as well as the teaching instruction clarity. Participant observation documented discourse, teaching tools, and flow of instruction.

Analysis Method. The data collected were used to test the correlation between the clarity of instruction and the learning outcomes. Participant observation notes were used to support these results.

Hypothesis. In order to be effective, tools and processes for teaching computer technology to older adults must be linear and use age-appropriate language and examples.

Keywords: Computer learning, older adults, instruction, teaching tools, teaching clarity.

Research Methods: Qualitative and qualitative research, interaction design, user-focused research.


Alves, B.L. A study on the clarity of teaching tools used in older adults' computer training. Master's thesis, University of Kansas. Retrieved July 31, 2021 from .

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