Senior technology exploration, learning, and acceptance (STELA) model: from exploration to use–a longitudinal randomized controlled trial

Hsin Yi Sandy Tsai*, R. V. Rikard, Shelia R. Cotten, Ruth Shillair

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Abstract

The purpose of this study is to examine the process from technology exploration to acceptance for older adults. A senior technology exploration, learning, and acceptance (STELA) model is proposed to examine the technology exploration and learning process. Adopting a new technology can pose challenges with increasing age. In order to help older adults use new technologies so they can be included in many important resources and support that are routinely accessed online, it is essential to understand factors affecting their technology adoption, and what the learning and adoption processes are like. This study employs four waves of data from a randomized controlled trial computer training intervention with 195 older adults (65 and older) in 19 different assisted and independent living communities (AICs). The results show the moderating effect of technology training and support for the relationship of exploring a technology and perceived difficulties of learning. These results suggest that training programs that are specially designed for older adults and continued support are needed to help older adults explore technologies and facilitate their learning process.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)728-743
Number of pages16
JournalEducational Gerontology
Volume45
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - 2 Dec 2019

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