Development of a Programming Course for Senior Citizens Taught by Senior Citizens

Yutaro Ohashi, Hidemi Yamachi, Yasuhiro Murokoshi, Fumihiro Kumeno, Yasuhiro Tsujimura

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Abstract

In this study, we report the curriculum of a programming course case study of senior citizens jointly implemented by the university and a local government in Japan. The objective of the course is to offer lifelong learning opportunities for retired seniors. The program also offers them necessary skills for impacting programming education in the local elementary schools. Through a questionnaire, we design the course by collecting the opinions of the participants to understand the manner in which the participants developed human relations and learning for one year. The research objectives are to study the learnability of the programming course and the course operation among differently aged participants. Through qualitative analysis, we observed distinct characteristics of senior learners with respect to their diversities in terms of motivation, background knowledge, and skills. The second course was taught by senior lecturers who had previously attended the course and the learnability of the second course was better than the previous one. With respect to the instructional design for senior citizens, scheduling, pacing, and diverse learning styles were observed to be the key.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2020 8th International Conference on Information and Education Technology, ICIET 2020
PublisherICST
Pages18-23
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781450377058
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Mar 28
Externally publishedYes
Event8th International Conference on Information and Education Technology, ICIET 2020 - Okayama, Japan
Duration: 2020 Mar 282020 Mar 30

Publication series

NamePervasiveHealth: Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare
ISSN (Print)2153-1633

Conference

Conference8th International Conference on Information and Education Technology, ICIET 2020
Country/TerritoryJapan
CityOkayama
Period20/3/2820/3/30

Keywords

  • Lifelong learning
  • academia-government collaboration
  • older adult learner
  • programming education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Information Systems
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Health Informatics

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