Senior Contemporary Group Leaders • ALL DIGITAL
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Location:  Szeged, Hungary

Organiser(s):  Regional Telecottages Public Association of South Hungarian Plain (DTE)

Target audience:  Seniors

Senior Contemporary Group Leaders

17 Dec, 2019

Editions: November 2021; April 2022
Duration: 10 days
Accommodation and boarding: not provided

Contact Person: Ildiko Farkas


The aim of the course is to develop confidence and capability of forming and handling a group of elderly people to deliver training on ICT competencies and usage of modern devices.

Form of the training: group training.
Methods: ice breaker, workshop, role-play/situation game, individual presentation, presentation, open discussion, evaluation
Number of participants in the group: minimum 6 – maximum 10

  • Education: Secondary School Level
  • Vocation (special knowledge): N/A
  • Previously expected knowledge and experience: Familiar with usage of ICT in everyday life, open mind and general interest in new technologies (independent user)



Curriculum modules:

1. Characteristics of a senior group, psychological aspects, group mechanism, group dynamics
1.1. What is a group? Group mechanism, different types of groups.
1.2. Group dynamics. Behaviour of group members with different characteristics.
1.3. How to solve conflicts- problem supporting.
1.4. Advantages and disadvantages of learning in group.
1.5. The effective trainer.
2. Learning specifics of elderly, particular aspects of their ICT training
2.1. The development stages of identity.
2.2. Psychological and physical characteristics of the elderly.
2.3. Cognitive and emotional difficulties of learning.
2.4. How to encourage learning and motivate to overcome frustration
2.5. Age-specific usability issues of software interfaces.
2.6. Computer as a tool of brain training that may keep the seniors active.
3. Methodology of ICT knowledge transfer to seniors, usage of modern devices in the life of the elderly
3.1. Basics of the computer operation.
3.2. Basic computer skills – how to transfer them to the elderly.
3.3. The most important online actions in everyday life.
3.4. Safety issues – safety of the device, safety of the personal data.
3.5. Usage of modern devices.
3.6. Keeping up to date/lifelong learning of trainers

Lesson Plan
Day 1: Acquaintance
Day 2: The group, An effective trainer
Day 3: Characteristics of the elderly
Day 4: Seniors in learning process
Day 5: Soft skills of the trainer
Day 6: Seniors and the modern technology
Day 7: Basics of the computer operation
Day 8: Basic computer skills and how to transfer them to the elderly
Day 9: Safety issues
Day 10: Keeping up to date

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and theory:
1. Knowledge how to handle elderly groups: group mechanism, processes &dynamics, managing differences and eventual conflicts amongst members;
2. Understanding of physical and psychological difficulties of the elderly, which discourage them in learning;
3. Methods of how to motivate and encourage the elderly to keep learning, different learning styles;
4. Different pedagogical methods of delivering ICT knowledge;
5. Safety issues of online activities;
6. Trending technologies;
7. ICT as a brain-trainer to improve cognitive capabilities;
8. Usage of computers in the brain-training;
9. Identifying and using different modern devices;
10. Knowledge of different sources to keep up to date with the latest technologies.

1. Skills to create an atmosphere of openness, confidence and trust within the group;
2. Ability to speak the language of the elderly and communicate effectively;
3. Skills of handling difficult situation in a group, the ways of supporting and motivating people to overcome the difficulties of learning;
4. Reinforcing elderly for identifying and using different modern devices
5. Using methods in the case of teaching elderly for using the internet effectively in everyday life devices effectively in everyday life.

Attitudes and behavioural features:
1. Patience: empathically approach the elderly with different knowledge and capabilities;
2. Positive thinking and optimism to be able to encourage and motivate the elderly;
3. Constructive and creative thinking to solve difficulties during the training;
4. Managing a group effectively;
5. Self-development to keep up with technical novelties;
6. Understanding the role and tasks of a trainer;
7. Culture and methods of feedback, constructive and creative thinking to solve difficulties during a training;
8. Understanding basic theoretical concepts of the computer operation;
9. Understanding online threats and minimising risks online.
Responsibility and autonomy:
1. Identify the best environment and devices that best suits the elderly;
2. Autonomy how to train a group of elderly on ICT competencies and usage of modern devices;
3. Self-development in ICT, keeping up to date with the latest technologies.