This chapter aims to explore the real and perceived barriers that exist for older Australians when engaging with informal eLearning. The chapter has two main areas of focus: first, an examination of some of the challenges faced by older Australians engaging in informal eLearning, and second, an overview of two Australian initiatives designed to break down the barriers between older Australians and technology. The chapter commences with a review of the international literature to define informal learning before considering the intersection that exists between informal learning and online learning. The emerging social issues of the ageing Australian population are then presented to provide context to the main exploration within this chapter - the real and perceived barriers that exist for older Australians as they attempt to engage in eLearning. After discussing two community initiatives and introducing a model for surmounting the identified obstacles, the chapter discusses possible solutions making relevant recommendations and suggesting directions for future research.
|Title of host publication||Adult and Continuing Education|
|Subtitle of host publication||Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications|
|Place of Publication||Pennsylvania|
|Number of pages||22|
|ISBN (Print)||1466657804, 9781466657809|
|Publication status||Published - 31 Mar 2014|