Bridging the age-based digital divide

Antonio, Amy and Tuffley, David (2015) Bridging the age-based digital divide. International Journal of Digital Literacy and Digital Competence, 6 (3). pp. 1-15. ISSN 1947-3494


An increasing reliance on digital technology in one’s everyday life necessitates the development of digital
literacy skills to enable one’s continued participation in the Internet information-age. As existing services,
such as banking and shopping, move increasingly online, the likelihood of excluding certain demographic groups, such as the elderly and those living in rural areas, increases exponentially. The following article outlines the results of a pilot study that explored the perceived digital literacy skills of a group of adults in a rural community. It will be shown that despite relatively low confidence levels reported by the participants, they were nevertheless keen to learn how to use digital technologies. Based on participant feedback, the study concludes that there is a need to develop pedagogical strategies to teach digital literacy skills to older adults, particularly those living in rural and remote areas.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to Published version in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Australian Digital Futures Institute
Date Deposited: 29 Apr 2016 06:02
Last Modified: 23 May 2016 04:54
Uncontrolled Keywords: digital competence; digital divide; digital literacy; life-long learning
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1399 Other Education > 139999 Education not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930199 Learner and Learning not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: 10.4018/IJDLDC.2015070101

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