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Soc. Sci. 2019, 8(1), 6; https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci8010006

Cognitive-Based E-Learning Design for Older Adults

Institute of Informatics & Telecommunications, N.C.S.R. “Demokritos”, 15310 Agia Paraskevi, Greece
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Received: 1 November 2018 / Revised: 17 December 2018 / Accepted: 17 December 2018 / Published: 4 January 2019
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Abstract

Aging is highly correlated with a decline in cognitive abilities. Information and communication technologies are nowadays increasingly used for knowledge acquisition, education, cognitive development, etc. Older adults should be prepared to adopt these technologies and take advantage of their capabilities. The purpose of this study was to analyze the cognitive profile of older adults in order to identify the ways that they learn, as well as to analyze older adults’ attitudes, to aid in the development of an e-learning platform adapted to their needs. The sample of the study consisted of 103 older adults, aged 55+, from Greece. According to their responses, older adults seemed to prefer e-learning modules that presented the educational content step-by-step and contained practice questions and examples. In addition, respondents had positive attitudes toward the existence of assessment tests for after the completion of each module. Finally, the utilization of explanatory videos and special graphics in the modules was imperative, according to older adults’ preferences. View Full-Text
Keywords: older adults; seniors; e-learning; cognitive decline older adults; seniors; e-learning; cognitive decline
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Pappas, M.A.; Demertzi, E.; Papagerasimou, Y.; Koukianakis, L.; Voukelatos, N.; Drigas, A. Cognitive-Based E-Learning Design for Older Adults. Soc. Sci. 2019, 8, 6.

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