Turning Silver E-Learners into Silver Workers
Koen DePryck, Institute of Knowledge Management, Belgium ; Julia Kraemer, Wissenschaftliche Hochschule Lahr, Germany
E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-66-2 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), San Diego, CA
Because of demographic changes specialist workers beyond the retirement age of 65 (the silver workers) are in demand in industrialized countries. This leads to questions about performance, learning abilities, required competences and conditions that enable one to remain productive and adaptive beyond 65. We present a model for the role ICT and E-learning may play in accomplishing this. Appropriate software may help with memorization while ICT-skills and search strategies while mobile devices and online information make learning on demand a workable assumption for this target group. Advanced ICT- and E-Learning-skills are often associated with younger workers but silver workers who could benefit as well. Teaching those skills to specialists before they retire contributes to a constructive working relationship beyond 65, consistent with research indicating that lifelong learning should not just focus on work-based learning but also include formal e-training programmes for older workers.
DePryck, K. & Kraemer, J. (2008). Turning Silver E-Learners into Silver Workers. In C. Bonk, M. Lee & T. Reynolds (Eds.), Proceedings of E-Learn 2008--World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education (pp. 2597-2603). Las Vegas, Nevada, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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