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ECSCHOOL Model: A Case Study of Building Learning Support Community in ICT Promotion Project in Japan

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Author(s): Wei Zhou | Shigeki Yokoi

Journal: International Journal of Cyber Society and Education
ISSN 1995-6649

Volume: 3;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 53;
Date: 2010;
Original page

Keywords: Senior Citizens | ICT Volunteer | ICT Novice | Learning Community | Lifelong Learning

ABSTRACT
Due to concerns about the digital divide based on age, an ICT promotion project named “e-namokun” was started in Nagoya, Japan to support the Internet use by senior citizens. In the project, a learning support community system named ECSCHOOL (www.ecschool.org) for senior citizens and ICT novices was developed to help them gain computer and Internet-related knowledge. The ECSCHOOL model has the following features: learning contents for different users, suitable communication and support tools, introduction of field research results, participation of ICT volunteers, an easy-to-use interface, and low development cost. The ECSCHOOL scheme is a new operational model for promoting e-learning in lifelong learning fields. This paper discusses the ECSCHOOL model, the system’s structure, its main functions, its learning content, and the formation of communities.
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