Adult learning on the Internet: Engaging the SeniorNet process DISSERTATION
Lisa D. Girdner, Oklahoma State University, United States
Oklahoma State University . Awarded
Scope and method of study. The purpose of this study was to describe how SeniorNet members have become computer literate, the strategies they are using for this, and the barriers they face while attaining new computer skills. Information gained analyzed what senior adults were learning through the SeniorNet website, what topics they were most interested in and how the benefits of computer literacy affected their self-esteem. The researcher partnered with the SeniorNet organization, a non-profit association with over 75,000 registered members. SeniorNet offers courses through 240 learning centers across the United States that help senior adults attain personal goals related to computer literacy. SeniorNet and its learning centers provide a learner-centered teaching approach by utilizing peers as coaches and instructors. Chat rooms, discussion groups, online activities, and outcomes of thought provoking research encompass the channels provided by the SeniorNet website and learning centers. The data from an online questionnaire was collected among a survey linked to the SeniorNet website. It consisted of 25 questions on a two-part survey featuring open-ended questions and identified-choice responses.
Findings and conclusions. Conclusions and recommendations fell into two broad categories: (a) seniors adults and technology, and (b) attitudes and feelings. It was found that the older populations were using a variety of in-depth computer skills to advance their life-long learning directives. Members of the SeniorNet organization were enthusiastic about their new computer skills; they were using adult learning principles, and they were enthusiastic about advancing in the future.
Girdner, L.D. Adult learning on the Internet: Engaging the SeniorNet process. Ph.D. thesis, Oklahoma State University. Retrieved February 18, 2018 from https://www.learntechlib.org/p/124013/.
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