ERIC Number: ED431103
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Older Learners Online. An Evaluation of Internet Courses for Isolated Older Persons.
Swindell, Richard; Vassella, Ken
Two pilot Internet courses for isolated older adults were developed by the University of the Third Age of the Australian Capital Territory (U3A ACT) in Canberra, Australia, and were offered to 29 older adults selected from a pool of 64 initial registrants from across Australia. Student and tutor input regarding the courses was collected from the following sources: precourse and postcourse questionnaires; telephone interviews during weeks 4 and 5 of the 8-week course; and telephone interviews and written reports from tutors, course and site designers, and administrators. Overwhelmingly, course participants and those involved in developing and delivering the courses believed that the courses provided meaningful experiences for the isolated older Australians enrolled in them, and they called for considerable expansion of the program. (Twenty-six figures are included. Appendixes constituting approximately 60% of this document contain the following: tabulated data; project coordinator's report; respondents' comments about their preferred communication method; advantages and disadvantages of Internet study; problems encountered; ways of improving the U3A ACT courses and Internet study process; comments from the phone survey; comments from two tutors; external review of the courses; University of Canberra reports; Internet course development guidelines and time line; and precourse and follow-up questionnaires.) (MN)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Australian Dept. of Employment, Education, Training and Youth Affairs, Canberra.
Authoring Institution: Griffith Univ. Nathan, Brisbane (Australia).
Identifiers - Location: Australia