OLDER ADULTS AND E-LEARNING: Opportunities and Barriers

Githens, Rod P.
December 2007
Quarterly Review of Distance Education;Winter2007, Vol. 8 Issue 4, p329
Academic Journal
E-learning and distance education can play a role in helping older adults become integrated with the rest of society. As demographic and cultural changes affect the place of older adults in society, online learning programs become increasingly appealing to older adults. In this aticle, I discuss (1) the changing notion of work and learning in older adulthood, (2) the myths about older adults' use of technology, (3) the types of e-learning programs for older adults (i.e., programs for personal growth and social change, workforce development, and workplace learning), and (4) the barriers to older adults' full participation in e-learning.


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