Share Paper: Retention of ICT Skills Acquired in Face-to Face Training Course for Adult Learners

  1. Makiko Miwa, The Open University of Japan, Japan
  2. Hideaki Takahashi, The Open University of Japan, Japan
  3. Tosho Akimitsu, The Open University of Japan, Japan
  4. Emi Nishina, The Open University of Japan, Japan
  5. Yoshitomo Yaginuma, The Open University of Japan, Japan
Tuesday, June 25 12:30 PM-1:00 PM Jordaan 1&2

Abstract: “The Personal Computer for Beginners” is an ICT skills training course for PC beginners offered at the Open University of Japan (OUJ) since 2010. This paper reports on students’ perceived ICT skills measured using a five-point Likert scale at three time points: the beginning of the course (pre-session), the end of the course (post-session), and 1–3 years after attending the course (retention). We analyzed data from 722 students who completed all 18 items of the perceived ICT skills questionnaire at all three time points, developed clusters for pre-session, post-session, and retention ability, based on each student’s reported ICT skill level ...