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The language of digital learning: developing an e-learning approach for the elderly

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dc.contributor.author Sheridan, R. D.
dc.date.accessioned 2014-02-23T14:02:31Z
dc.date.available 2014-02-23T14:02:31Z
dc.date.issued 2014-02-23
dc.identifier.uri http://er.dut.ac.za/handle/123456789/81
dc.description Unpublished DTech thesis in Language Practice, Durban University of Technology en_US
dc.description.abstract The purpose of this study was to investigate the current learning methods that are typically used by special populations (an elderly subject group), and to explore their general level of effectiveness. The primary research questions explore how this subject group is currently learning to use the Internet and for what purposes, along with what the typical barriers are that this group experiences when seeking to use the Internet, together with factors that motivate them to participate in learning programs. This study has special relevance for elderly adults along with computer instructors who specifically train the elderly to learn to use the Internet. The findings may also be of interest to others who interact with other special populations, directly or indirectly, including web designers, healthcare professionals, librarians, and others. The project was prompted by the author‘s experience teaching and observing elderly adults learning to use the Internet, and his desire to develop a more effective teaching strategy for them. The thesis explores the basic principles of adult learning, including components from self-directed learning, the theory of multiple intelligences, ethnographic research and other theories and approaches that have the potential of contributing to teaching this subject group, including the use of language in describing their learning successes and failures. en_US
dc.subject Digital learning en_US
dc.title The language of digital learning: developing an e-learning approach for the elderly en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.contributor.faculty Arts and Design en_US
dc.description.approach Case Study en_US

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