The aging population is growing steadily worldwide. At the same time, people are increasingly relying on technology for socialization. Thus, it is important to find ways of stimulating older adults to acquire digital literacy skills, and to foster social connectedness and lifelong learning. Previous research indicated positive results in achieving these goals through a face-to-face digital storytelling course for elders. This thesis describes a project that studied two offerings of a fully online version of the course. The courses ran for 10-15 weeks. Data collected using a qualitative approach included a demographic questionnaire, instructional materials surveys, and a course evaluation survey, followed by individual interviews. Results showed positive and consistent responses regarding the instructional material design, the sense of accomplishment and agency for creating legacy, the desire to continue using this technology, and the benefits of bonding with colleagues and the facilitator.
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Thesis advisor: Kaufman, David
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