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Digital literacy and remote programmed intervention for the elderly through the use of mobile devices.


In the digital age it is important to propose educational strategies to prepare older people to cope with technological resources and promote their digital inclusion. The Experience Sampling and Programmed Intervention Method - ESPIM - is a computer system that allows authoring of intervention programs and monitoring of elderly people regarding the use of mobile devices and their performance while using them. This project aims to stimulate and monitor the use of mobile devices - smartphones and tablets - and to evaluate the performance of elderly users, through the ESPIM system. Participants will be approximately 240 elderly people (60 years of age or older) enrolled in digital inclusion projects offered by the Open University Program of the of the University of São Paulo at the School of Arts, Sciences and Humanities, and the Institute of Mathematics and Computer Sciences - São Carlos, through four semesters. The intervention is based on ESPIM that combines as a method a) ESM techniques; b) selected procedures of Programmed Teaching ; and c) Ubiquitous Computing to increase the effectiveness of data collection in a natural environment. Based on information collected about their performance using the mobile devices and applications, new teaching-learning strategies will be implemented and difficulties regarding usability by elderly users will be addressed. The data collected will be analyzed in terms of performance and self-efficacy by means of descriptive analyzes and appropriate statistical tests according to the properties of the sample. The main expected results are: 1) to stimulate the use of these mobile devices in the natural environment by the elderly population; 2) promote more positive evaluations of self-efficacy regarding their performance in using the mobile devices; 3) to promote effective digital literacy for the elderly; 4) to validate the ESPIM system and method to work with the elderly. (AU)

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