Measures and Tools for Supporting ICT Appropriation by Elderly and Non Tech-Savvy Persons in a Long-Term Perspective

  • Claudia MüllerEmail author
  • Dominik Hornung
  • Theodor Hamm
  • Volker Wulf
Conference paper


Appropriation work of new media by the elderly who do not possess experiences in information and communication technologies (ICT) and related support of their acquisition of media competencies are in focus of this paper. A study based on ethnography and action research aiming at examining elderly and not tech-savvy persons’ first steps in their appropriation of tablet PCs and internet applications is being provided. On the basis of socio-constructivist learning approaches we outline specific obstacles and constraints in the set-up of an appropriate learning environment for elderly ICT novices.


Mutual Engagement Legitimate Peripheral Participation Eurovision Song Contest Participatory Design Project Elderly Tenant 
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We warmly thank all the participants and project partners for their attendance and endurance in this project. The project is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Claudia Müller
    • 1
    Email author
  • Dominik Hornung
    • 1
  • Theodor Hamm
    • 1
  • Volker Wulf
    • 1
  1. 1.University of SiegenSiegenGermany

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