eLearning für ältere Menschen
Informal learning has greater significance for elderly people than formal learning. At the same time the acquisition or retention of independence and self-determination is also an essential goal of learning at a more advanced age. An analysis of the market for eLearning services for elderly people shows first of all that eLearning products hardly exist or are only cautiously marketed. Secondly the market also seems relatively confusing: The services are strongly concentrated on technical subjects; there is a lack of services which are related to life conditions (e.g. learning to age, health and prevention). Education and the learning of specific content have as yet only found expression in very few of the providers' product development and marketing activities. A clear definition of the aim of the respective services or the instruments employed is also necessary (which group of the elderly is appealed to, what prior technical knowledge has to be taken into consideration, and what content is to be conveyed?) as well as a conclusive evaluation concept that accompanies the respective projects right from the beginning. Intensified research efforts are necessary for the target group of the elderly. These have partly to gather saved information and differentiated data for the first time ever, to identify the prerequisites for the use of computers and the Internet - and thereby active participation in eLearning courses - which establish the target group of the elderly and which interests and ambitions they pursue when using eLearning in the context of lifelong learning.