Digital Literacy Competencies and Interests of Elderly People



Year of publication 2022
Type Article in Proceedings
Conference Information Literacy in a Post-Truth Era
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Keywords Digital divide; Digital literacy; Education; Elderly people; Internet; Research
Description The research aimed to collect information on the elderly’s level of information literacy and their interest in further education in areas regarding the Internet and other ICT. We identified the interests of the elderly (65 years of age and older) in particular topics in which they would be most motivated to study. However, these areas should reflect their entry level of digital competence, evaluated through a self-evaluation scale. The results reveal that the younger among the elderly reach a higher level of digital literacy than the older. The elderly who learned to use ICT and the Internet independently assessed their skills better than those who were helped or trained. Regardless of their self-evaluation, most of the elderly showed interest in further education in other areas of ICT. The lowest number of elderly expressed interest in further education in traditional issues, followed by topics connected to information literacy, while skills that facilitate active ageing attracted the most interest.

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