Staying Connected - Bridging Digital Gaps

Accessible digital training for aging adults and beginners
Free tutorial
Rating: 4.0 out of 5 (1 rating)
762 students
1hr 59min of on-demand video
English [Auto]

What device should you purchase or use
Navigate the internet and websites safely
Navigate social media platforms
Use email and apps across your devices
Online security, safety and privacy


  • No prior training necessary and minimum technology knowledge necessary. You will learn everything you need to know
  • Smartphone, tablet and/or computer


Staying Connected - Bridging Digital Gaps

In 2022 the digital and physical worlds are almost indistinguishable yet many individuals are having difficulties staying connected. This four-part course provides accessible training for aging adults and those who want to participate in their digital community but lack technological skills. The course consists of the following parts

1. Devices(Desktop, Mobile and Tablet),

2. Email, Apps

3. Websites, Internet and

4. Social networks

As technology continues to rapidly expand many aging adults are being left behind. This was made extremely prevalent during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many aging adults want to join and be part of online communities. However, many are intimidated or overwhelmed with technological barriers. Aging adults have even created digital accounts but are underutilizing their digital resources. This is not due to their lack of interest but rather lack of know-how and tech-savviness.

According to the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA), nearly 3 out of 4 Canadians spend at least 3 to 4 hours online each day.  These experiences can be very positive if there is ease of use and the complete opposite if not.  Adults 55+ are surfing the Internet using mobile devices. Their use has drastically increased from 24% to 57% between 2015-2019 and continues to grow. The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the world forever and the impacts of it will continue to show their ripples. One of these changes are the rapid technological advancements; pair this with the sudden rise in use and you've got a recipe that leaves aging adults vulnerable to being left out of the conversation. "Older adults are experts in their lived experiences and can identify the potential barriers to technology adoption and use.” -  Shengzhi Wang This age-friendly four-part workshop teaches all the fundamentals of digital platforms, websites, social networks and email/apps.

This project was supported in part by a Centre on Aging University of Manitoba Age-Friendly University Initiative Fund 2021-2022

Age-Friendly Hub on the UManitoba website

Who this course is for:

  • Aging adults and those who want to participate digital communities but lack the technological skills.


Manager, Technologist & Social Entrepreneur
Wilfred Sam-King
  • 4.0 Instructor Rating
  • 1 Review
  • 762 Students
  • 1 Course

An experienced manager, technologist and partnership builder with the ability to create, write, project manage and execute agile strategic plans. Possessing the skills necessary to adapt and succeed in ambiguity. Ability to develop curriculum and prepare teaching materials and outlines for courses. Passionate about lifelong learning, student success, developing, sustaining, and creating strong networks and connections.

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