Computers for Elder Learning (2002)

The need to improve the literacy skills of older Canadians is clear. The vast majority of Canada's senior citizens have Level 1 or Level 2 literacy skills, as identified by the International Adult Literacy Survey.

Since many adults who have low literacy skills do not self identify as needing training, recruitment of senior learners is a challenge. A potential solution to this problem is to teach literacy skills within the context of meeting other needs. Since the ability to use technology is related to the ability to read and write competently, instruction in computer use has the potential to develop and consolidate learners' existing print literacy skills.

This report describes a project which offered a free computer training course to older adults who were not already accessing training opportunities. This Computers for Elder Learning (CEL) project took place in the community of Chilliwack, British Columbia in 2001.

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