Seniorweb.ch, an electronic platform that targets an audience ages 50 and up, has made it its mission to offer opportunities for collaborative and self-directed learning. As a supplement to classic forms of learning, e-learning offers seniors quite a few benefits: A person can learn at any time and any place, the subject matter can be selected based on individual preferences and the student can take breaks and repeat the material as often as he/she likes. For Seniorweb, the challenge in developing e-learning units was twofold: On the one hand, the web-based programs needed to be developed so that they targeted the right audience and on the other hand the goal was to encourage a social cohesion in the Seniorweb community by applying a collabora-tive approach in developing web-based content. Ultimately, the prime objective is to further develop Senior-web with the help of online learning activities that are in keeping with the foundation’s purpose:
a) Make information available for the 50+ generation
b) Help to overcome the digital divide and provide the support needed
c) Unite active people in the online community
d) Support a collaboration between interest groups
Based on this aspiration, a project group was developed in March 2011 and assigned with the task of develop-ing and offering online e-learning web-based programs from seniors for seniors. Members of this project group were representatives of Innovage Network from Zurich, the e-learning provider rissip and the Bern Uni-versity of Applied Sciences. In a series of meetings, the group first went about analyzing the situation and then developed an approach to a solution, which they finally implemented.
Prof. Dr. Andreas Ninck eLearning Seniorweb [PDF]