The computer tutor's role in community health and learning

Nycyk, Michael and Redsell, Margaret (2006). The computer tutor's role in community health and learning. In: Learning Communities Conference 2006, Brisbane, Australia, (). 26 September 2006.

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Author Nycyk, Michael
Redsell, Margaret
Title of paper The computer tutor's role in community health and learning
Conference name Learning Communities Conference 2006
Conference location Brisbane, Australia
Conference dates 26 September 2006
Publication Year 2006
Sub-type Fully published paper
Abstract/Summary This paper discusses a computer tuition program at Skylarkers 60 and Better Healthy Ageing Program in Inala, Brisbane. Specifically, it discusses issues of community health, education and technological equity in equipping older students with computer skills. We present the results of a three-year study that suggests the role of the computer tutor in the health of the student has accounted for improved student reports of their overall health. From this, measures and suggestions for successful practice to assist students to use technology comfortably in society have been developed and are reported.
Subjects 321214 Health and Community Services
280104 Computer-Human Interaction
Keyword Ageing
Grounded theory
Computer tuition
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