FOUR ongoing European projects empowering elderly people with digital skills

In the previous blogpost we showed five European projects that aim to support elderly people in using digital tools.

Below we will talk about four other projects in the same field, that started recently and are interesting to follow.

We encourage you to follow their websites to find new synergies and keep up with their interesting progress.

1. Elevation - Safety Toolkit for Consumer and Personal Data Protection for the Elderly during Internet Use

Key Action: Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices
Action Type: Strategic Partnerships for adult education
Countries: Croatia, Poland, Ireland, Romania, Portugal, Switzerland, Cyprus
Duration: December 2020 – November 2022

Objectives: The overall objective of the project is to provide access to lifelong learning for the most vulnerable groups of adult learners, in particular those lacking basic skills or having low level or no qualifications and to make education work for the most marginalised groups to support their inclusion in society and economy. To engage these target groups partners will address four structural areas that are pivotal to achieving positive outcomes in adult education, namely;

  • The skills of adult educators – a bespoke in-service training programme will be provided to support the continuous professional development of adult educators;
  • The design of learning materials – research conducted by Eurydice highlights the fact that even the briefest learning experience can be of real value for engaging marginalised adults, therefore, a series of new modular resources that can be broken down into small individual lessons will be developed;
  • The marketing of adult education services to marginalised groups – the wider local community will be involved in the promotion of education and training and a series of community learning events will be organised to engage those on the margins;
  • Access to learning opportunities and materials – learning opportunities will be provided at different times than those that apply in formal education and a suite of on-line dynamic and interactive learning interfaces that can be used or accessed on a wide range of fixed and mobile learning devices will be provided.

2. DIGITALIZE ME: Upgrading Older Adults’ Digital Competences to improve their social inclusion/development

Key Action: Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices

Action Type: Strategic Partnerships for adult education
Countries: Portugal, Italy, Romania, Spain, Cyprus, Poland
Duration: December 2019 – November 2021

Objectives: DIGITALISE ME aims at building a stable and replicable educational offer and improving the provision and supply of quality learning non-formal and informal opportunities tailored to the needs of older adults that educators and educational providers can implement in their countries. While, at the same time, bridging the efforts coming from educational providers, organisations working with older adults and public bodies into unified and more targeted actions that move towards the same direction: provision of better-quality education and opportunities for a higher quality and more inclusive daily life of seniors.

Activities and Results: “Digitalise me” envisages the development of three main Intellectual Outputs:
IO1: Elaboration of a “Digital Living Basics Pack”: a transversal mapping of Basic Digital Competences needed for a higher and better social and civic participation.
IO2: Development of the programme and learning materials of the blended training course “Basic Digital Skills for social and civic active participation”
IO3: Training, organisation and monitoring of study groups of older adults led by educators/mentors.
Digital Living Basics Pack: One of the challenges of educators, administration workers and other people who are in contact with the elder is that, on the one hand, they are not aware of the real needs and problems that the elder are facing in their daily routines and activities in relation to the use of digital tools (health care systems, online banking, social networks…), and that, on the other, they try to address these problems alone and without making use of already existing and successful initiatives that would make their work much easier and less time consuming.

3. SeLiD - Senior´s Learning in the Digital Society

Key Action: Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices
Action Type: Strategic Partnerships for adult education
Countries: Slovakia, Spain, Germany, Czech Republic, Poland, Sweden
Duration: September 2019 – April 2022

Objectives: The project’s main priorities are directed towards open education and innovative practices in a digital era, focusing on improving and extending high quality learning opportunities for digital technologies and ICT, tailored to the needs of individual low-skilled or low-qualified adults.
The project concentrates on learning and training of basic ICT skills and key digital competences of the elderly. Methods that will be applied are: classical teaching, group learning and training, peer learning, work with manuals, excursions to the shops with electronics, collection of good practices to develop digital literacy and skills of the elderly.
The main impact of the project is on isolated elderly, seniors in the communities and senior students at the universities of the third age and senior academies. Planned activities are ICT courses, training of the digital skills, excursions to the shops, companies and digital agencies and research of the needs for ICT support, development of digital competences to help the elderly to overcome barriers in their integration into the digital society. The project focuses on many important parts of senior´s life and their daily digital environment not only at home, in the public transport, in using internet banking, security and flexibility in using smart technologies, digital agency, etc. to become flexible and domesticated in the digital society.

- Review table which present the Study about learning possibilities in digital technologies.
- Research about the needs of the elderly in the use of digital technologies and home equipment.
- New innovative curricula for the training of the seniors´ skills.
- Ways and possibilities for encouraging of isolated older people for to become involved in the life of digital society.
- Digital education and training of low-skilled adults.
- Spreading information about learning activities by the older people in using ICT.
- Results of the project will be published in a booklet and on the project website.

4. Ageing - Breaking Digital Barriers: Building Digital Literacy for Elderly

Key Action: Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices
Action Type: Strategic Partnerships for adult education
Countries: Italy, Slovakia, Spain, Austria, Turkey
Duration: October 2018 – September 2021

Objectives: The project aim is to imparting digital skills to people aged over 60+ years, and to present new learning strategies. Because elderly people have some problems on to reach news, health information, shopping (e-trade), and the ability to stay in touch with distant friends and family. On the other hand, many elderly people on fixed incomes and with little access to current technology are experiencing frustration and helplessness. Within the Project, basic digital skills will be provided to elderly people with courses thus elderly people will be eased into the digital world—active participation in community. Our target group is 60+ aged people. Our aim has been to present a case for imparting digital skills to people aged over 60+ years of age, and to present strategies. The project will help to teach elderly how to use the internet to keep in touch with people, find information, use of credit cards, bank operations, requesting a doctor’s appointment, and purchases over the Internet much more. Objectives of the project are:
- To develop and implementation of a new information and communication technology (ICT) education program for individuals over the age of 60+, and increase their quality of life.
- Social inclusion, active citizenship and personal development, and resulting in an improvement of the quality of life of elder
- To support social life of elder
- To design of evidence-based training initiatives for digital inclusion of older people;
-To promote active ageing.

1.Development of Training Curriculum: It is a strong need to develop computer training for older adults. A standard Training curriculum will develop for the training of elderly people on the using of computers and internet. It will include information on the main steps and stages in sequence of designing a training course.
2. Development the ICT Based E-Learning module: Digital Competence is an important element of supporting active ageing, opening up new learning opportunities for this group. It will help seniors to use mobile phones and internet. Seniors will touch with one’s relatives and friends, reduce the feelings of isolation.
3.Practical handbook on Use of Computers and Internet for Elderly People: A Practical handbook will be develop to help elderly people who have never used a computer or the internet to understand and enjoy the benefits they offer. The handbook will describe the difference between a desktop computer and a mobile phone, using keyboard and mouse, understanding how the internet works etc.
4. Development the Content of Training Materials: It will a resource for the for trainings materials (ICT, handbook etc.). Training materials will include workbooks, training manuals, computer-based lessons and audio-visual aids
5. Quick Solution Centre Application: Very basics of computer usage and command the information overflow of the Internet, will be developed as Web link service to be used in the elderly mobile phones. It will include Social Media, Emergency Numbers, Pharmacy List, Transportation, Weather … etc.). The application will also contribute to the solution of the problems experienced in platforms such as WhatsApp, Facebook, email, etc.

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