An Online Digital Storytelling Course for Older Adults: A Design Approach

ID: 52817 Type: Full Paper: Practice Based
  1. Robyn Margot Schell, Simon Fraser University, Canada

Tuesday, June 26 5:15-5:45 PM Location: Oost View on map

Presider: Nour El Mawas

Abstract: In a digital storytelling workshop for older adults, results showed that this activity provided an opportunity to make social connections with others through story and improve technical proficiency. A digital story is a type of movie that embeds multimedia such as narration, photographs, music and text. In our workshop, participants created digital stories that reflected an important moment in their lives. To reach a wider audience, our original face to face workshop was transformed to a fully online course. In this paper, we examine two approaches for designing this course for those 65+: the principles of andragogy and interface design. Our goal is to create an online course that enhances the learning experience for an age group that has not been the focus of much research despite their increasing numbers worldwide.


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