The TAO project aims to motivate a larger number of older persons to participate actively in the Internet, to design online presences in a more intergenerational manner and to create incentives for older persons to invest their knowledge and know-how actively in the internet.
In order to reach these objectives, a persistent effort of mostly voluntary “ambassadors”, “helpers”, “mentors”, “test persons”, and “communicators” is needed. They work for the community partners and collaborate more or less directly with the research team. The TAO Handbook targets individuals and organisations wishing to include older adults in online communities. It will include detailed results from research done in the framework of TAO and experiences made by the TAO consortium as well as by members of the CoP. All contents will be presented in an easy-to-access, comprehensible manner. The TAO Handbook is created on the collaborative Wikiversity, i.e. all contents can at all times be modified by interested users.
The Community of Practice should include a significant number of actors in fields related to TAO, i.e. facilitating and promoting access of older adults to online communities and collaboration projects. It will be involved in drafting and amending the Handbook. An important aim is attracting new members for the Community of Practice. This may be achieved through offline events, network communication and personal guidance for newcomers. The Community will be administrated by a core group of members and will meet regularly online. Various other tools will be set up to improve cooperation and activity in the Community of Practice.
There is a multitude of possibilities to participate – and certainly there is a way in which you could contribute actively to the project. If you would like to collaborate, please get in touch with one of our partner community’s contact persons. They will be happy to give advice or put you in contact with the right person.