An analysis of social interaction between novice older adults when learning gesture-based skills through simple digital games

Springett, Mark ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3609-8241, Mihajlov, Martin, Brzovska, Ezeni, Orozel, Mihaela, Elsner, Vesna, Oppl, Sabrina, Stary, Christian, Keith, Suzette and Richardson, James (2021) An analysis of social interaction between novice older adults when learning gesture-based skills through simple digital games. Universal Access in the Information Society . ISSN 1615-5289 [Article] (Published online first) (doi:10.1007/s10209-021-00793-4)

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Abstract

This paper reports three exploratory empirical studies with older adults that had little or no prior experience with interactive technologies. The participants were introduced to interactive technology by playing games on touchscreens, playing in pairs with the assistance of a mentor. We focus on two principle aspects, the peer-to-peer interaction during these sessions, and the role of the mentor in progressing the sessions. In the case of peer-to-peer interaction we looked for ways in which players supported each other during interaction to assess the role of peer interaction in this context. In the case of mentoring, we examined the efficacy of a minimalist approach where verbal encouragement, suggestions or (in the last resort) intervention are used to provide support to learners. The sessions showed that learners typically could play and learn basic manipulations independently after initial help and guidance from mentors. We also found that peer interaction, both in verbal and non-verbal communication and cooperative action was broadly a positive influence within sessions, suggesting that there is significant value in building confidence as well as in learning.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology
Item ID: 31890
Notes on copyright: This is a post-peer-review, pre-copyedit version of an article published in Universal Access in the Information Society. The final authenticated version is available online at: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10209-021-00793-4
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Depositing User: Mark Springett
Date Deposited: 02 Feb 2021 23:03
Last Modified: 29 Jul 2021 10:14
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/31890

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