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31st January, 2017

Dr Mark Springett and Dr Gill Whitney secured Erasmus Strategic Partnership for project ‘Gameplay for Inspiring Digital Adoption’.


Dr Mark Springett and Dr Gill Whitney (Design-for-All Research Centre, School of Computer Science)

GIRDA Gameplay for Inspiring Digital Adoption

Erasmus Strategic Partnership, 3 Years €428,000

The project proposes a novel approach to learning computer skills for older citizens who are digital novices. The approach will use social touch-table games to introduce digital interaction concepts. The aim is to nurture confidence, motivation and skills in a low pressure immersive environment where learning is ‘hidden’. The work also involves redefining the role of digital mentor as active collaborator rather than tutor. It is anticipated that the work will disseminate best-practice through its relationships with practitioner organizations in three partner countries (UK, Austria, Slovenia, and Macedonia). It will also promote and provide grounding for establishment of similar initiatives in other EU countries.

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