University of Vienna AUSTRIA

University of Vienna

The Department of Sociology (IFS) incorporates sociological research and teaching at the University of Vienna. Research at the Department of Sociology is influenced by the traditions of the Viennese School that combines diagnosis of society and sociological theory. Research interests of the Department include Work, Organization, Gender, Family, Generations, Life Course, Health, as well as Migration, Ethnicity, Social Inequality, Knowledge, Culture and Visual Worlds.
Link: www.soz.univie.ac.at
 
The research group “Ageing and the Life-Course” at the Department of Sociology currently employs 13 young scholars working on topics surrounding age and ageing. Research interests of the research group include learning in later life, cultural participation and creativity in later life, living arrangements older persons and the use and design of technologies for older adults. For IFS, Vera Gallistl, Rebekka Rohner, Ines Jogl and Julia Warmuth will be working in ACCESS.

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Franz Kolland
franz.kolland(at)univie.ac.at
1090 Vienna
Rooseveltplatz 2
+43 (1) 4277-48123
+43 (1) 4277-48123

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Vera Gallistl
vera.maria.gallistl(at)univie.ac.at
1090 Vienna
Rooseveltplatz 2
+43 (1) 4277-49214
+43 (1) 4277-849214

Contribution to ACCESS

In the ACCESS project, we coordinate activities of WP2 and WP3. WP2 aims to define strategies to enable older adults’ learning by analyzing which diverse sub-groups of older adults have high or low digital competences and how these competences influence their access to and motivation for learning in later life. Based on this analysis, a joint report from all consortium members will define strategies to enable older adults’ learning with new technologies. In WP3, we explore the role of the technological artefact in learning processes of older adults. Results will be combined to report challenges older adults’ encounter when dealing with technological artefacts and give recommendations for the development of new technologies to support older adults’ learning processes.
 
Our main aim within the ACCESS project is to analyze older adults’ access to, barriers to and participation in learning in later life with new technologies and to explore which learning processes are involved when older adults encounter new technological artefacts.