ICT for Older People to Learn about ICT: Application and Evaluation

  • Camino FernándezEmail author
  • Gonzalo Esteban
  • Miguel Á. Conde
  • Francisco J. Rodríguez-Lera
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9753)


Information and communication technologies are becoming a common instrument of daily life. They are available to more and more people everyday, but that does not imply that they are usable and useful for everyone. There are specific groups such as older people, with specific characteristics, such as motor control problems or reduced vision, that affect both the way they use these technologies and also how they learn how to use them. In this paper, we propose to use massive open online courses in order to show older people how to take advantage of the resources available through new technologies. This proof of concept shows that the use of ICT for learning about ICT can be an adequate solution for older people.


ICT Older people MOOC Usability Mobile devices 



This work is partially supported by Cátedra TelefónicaUniversidad de León and Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness under grant DPI2013-40534-R.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Camino Fernández
    • 1
    Email author
  • Gonzalo Esteban
    • 1
  • Miguel Á. Conde
    • 1
  • Francisco J. Rodríguez-Lera
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Mechanics, Computer Science and Aerospace Engineering, Robotics GroupUniversity of LeónLeónSpain

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