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Designing Programs for Computer-Anxious Adults: The Trainer's Dilemma

Annual TESOL Convention,


Suggests these teaching strategies for reducing computer anxiety of adult learners and enhancing the opportunity for learning: use humor whenever possible; demystify the computer; determine students' fears; begin with the basics; avoid computer jargon; measure instructional pace; avoid stimulus overload and instructions that sound like warnings; encourage practice, learning partnerships and group work; reserve time for open discussion; and reassure trainees. (AEF)


Hemby, K.V. (1999). Designing Programs for Computer-Anxious Adults: The Trainer's Dilemma. In Proceedings of Annual TESOL Convention 1999 (pp. 32-34). Retrieved November 12, 2019 from .

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