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Discretionary use of computers and Internet among senior-clubbers – communication, writing and information search PROCEEDINGS

, University of Eastern Finland, Dept. of Computer Science, Finland ; , University of Eastern Finland, Dept. of Computer Science, Finland

EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Toronto, Canada ISBN 978-1-880094-81-5 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC


The e-literacy – the practical and conceptual use and understanding of Informa-tion and Communication Technologies – is not a basic skill of every European. Especially the elderly are lagging behind. This paper presents the results of the-matic interviews conducted with the members of Seniors’ Club – their motivated computer and Internet use – and by implication discusses the design of educa-tional programs for the elderly. The framework of worth centered design (WCD) is used to describe the extra additional value that ICTs can bring to the lives of the elderly. The results show that senior-clubbers are active members of society. It is hard for them to imagine future use of applications for technology as such, and especially the foreign languages pose some extra additional challenges for them. Our seniors mostly use computers for word-processing and graphics, and the Internet for keeping in touch with relatives and friends (e-mailing), sear-ching for information, and Internet banking.


Naumanen, M. & Tukiainen, M. (2010). Discretionary use of computers and Internet among senior-clubbers – communication, writing and information search. In J. Herrington & C. Montgomerie (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2010--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 100-108). Toronto, Canada: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved November 13, 2018 from .


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