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This report is dedicated to the memory of Eric Whitehouse who volunteered for many years training seniors to use computers and new digital technologies. Eric was a teacher by training who then gained computing experience through his work at IBM. After retirement, he returned to teaching as a computer literacy trainer with the Australian Seniors Computer Clubs Association (ASCCA). He worked tirelessly to ensure that seniors were not left behind in the digital revolution of the twenty first century.
The Australian Seniors Computer Clubs Association (ASCCA) gratefully acknowledges the grant and support received from the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN) that made this research project possible.
We acknowledge the co-operation of ASCCA Member Clubs and individuals who championed the use of online technologies during the project.
We also thank:
Keith Harvey who moderated multiple sessions for ASCCA.
Telstra and the NSW Office for Ageing that produced a DVD for Tech Savvy Seniors on using internet services.
The Australian Government Broadband for Seniors Program and members of the Woodrising Neighbour Centre BFS Kiosk Group.
The Blackboard Collaborate program used for interactive online learning and Adult Learning Australia for the use of virtual classrooms.
Take the Teacher Home program from Easy Computing (AUST) Pty Ltd. and GCFlearnfree.org that produces and makes available online thousands of courses as well as the educational websites of Microsoft, Apple and Google Corporations, that have conducted considerable research into online learning.
ASCCA wishes to acknowledge the outstanding commitment given to this project by the author of this report, Eric Whitehouse. Thanks also to Diane Brentnall who ran interactive courses from the ASCCA Learning Centre and to Mark Young who made the technical arrangements to enable the project to run.