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Don Samuelson

BBC WebWise is an innovative interactive instructional video training program in the U.k.  Will look up U3A.  And who/what is SL?  There have been ten years of Internet training programs for seniors in the U.S. and stimulus money supporting Sustainable Broadband Adoption (SBA) efforts since 2010.  The problem is that these labor intensive demonstration efforts are too expensive to be scaled.  A best practice solution has to be created and delivered in large part online.  And that is what has brought me to Articulate Storyline.

There are 40,000,000 seniors in the U.S.  Hare completely offline.  The others are not using the Internet in ways that they could that would be beneficial to them.  The numbers and social significance of seniors not using the Internet are problems needing solutions.

Don Samuelson

Bruce:

Good suggestion on U3C. Books are presented very well.  But there are limits to the coverage that can be achieved with books, instructor led classes, "Senior Tech Rallies, etc.  Our goal is to use the Internet and self paced, interactive, video-intensive, instructional videos on the Internet to get seniors online and using the Internet.  It seems to us that e-learning can be an important part of the U.S. solution and the SL community  has developed approaches and tools that could be helpful to our to "Get Seniors Online."

Don

Bruce Graham

Don,

I agree in all aspects

Storyline is just another tool for creating online learning, and a great one at that.

Not sure that online learning itself will "...get seniors online...", (there HAS to be a "What's in it for me?" factor), however, it could be another great way to present information and learning.

Perhaps short interactive courses on topics that make sense to seniors, (Benefits, where to find help etc.)?

Good luck.

Bruce

Don Samuelson

Bruce:

Like the political candidates, we see the need for a "ground game" to provide a human intervention along the journey to Internet use. The telecon industry has 600,000 retireees that could help in that process.   At the same sime, we can only get to scale by using the Internet as fully as possible. It appears that eductors call this "blended learning."   But to your point.  We ae planning to develop some "aha" moments that can capture the essence of our mission to get seniors online in a short, creative and fun "announcement" of the personal benefits from crossing the digital divide.  Then we will develop a library of video testimonials by seniors explaining howt hey use the Internet and thepositive  impact on their lives.  Then we get into the e-learning tools to get them to the applications relelevant to their interests/problems as effortlessly as possible. That's the plan. Now it has to be executed.

Don