Understanding the Need of Mobile ICT Learning as an Elderly Learning Tool

Sanches Lam, W. Chung

Abstract


With a rapid deployment of mobile devices, mobile learning gives rise to new possibilities for extending learning opportunities. Nevertheless, current research on mobile learning has mostly been aimed at enhancing learning of school or college students. In this light, the paper seeks to throw light on the potential of mobile learning for elderly. We describe in this paper a research study for examining needs that determine the adoption and usage of mobile devices by elderly population. The elderly are an often neglected group in product development and marketing, but they are the only growing age group in most developed societies. By using semi-structured interviews with a number of different stakeholders interested in elderly people, we identify a set of issues that need to be taken into account when designing strategy for the elderly learners. The results of our study indicate that elderly people are interested in using mobile devices and services, but these services need to deliver real value for them.

Keywords


MOBILE LEARNING, LIFELONG LEARNING, MOBILE DEVICE, ELDERLY LEARNERS

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International Journal of Emerging Technologies in Learning (iJET) – eISSN: 1863-0383
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