Learning On-The-Go: Older Adults’ Use of Mobile Devices to Enhance Self-Directed, Informal Learning
Dirk Morrison, Marguerite Koole, University of Saskatchewan, Canada
Journal of Interactive Learning Research Volume 29, Number 3, ISSN 1093-023X Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC
The study investigated how retired older adults (age 55+) use the Internet and social media to facilitate informal, self-directed learning, specifically, exploring how they use mobile devices (smartphones, tablets) to enhance, acces and maintain their online personal learning networks (oPLNs), facilitating “on-the-go” learning Following a mixed methods approach, Phase I of this two-phase research project implemented a 52 question online survey distributed to 385 (n = 218 males, n = 165 females) retired older adults (age 55+) from across Canada Results indicated 634% use mobile devices to access the Internet outside the home, 589% use a mobile device to specifically communicate with their oPLNs, and 468% use apps to support their mobile learning Implications for the use of mobile devices to empower older adults' personalized learning opportunities is discussed
Morrison, D. & Koole, M. (2018). Learning On-The-Go: Older Adults’ Use of Mobile Devices to Enhance Self-Directed, Informal Learning. Journal of Interactive Learning Research, 29(3), 423-443. Waynesville, NC: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved March 22, 2023 from https://www.learntechlib.org/primary/p/181348/.
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