A case study of designing a mobile app prototype for seniors

dc.contributor.advisorLiu, Min, Ed. D.
dc.creatorLiou, I-Hui
dc.date.accessioned2019-09-10T19:22:09Z
dc.date.available2019-09-10T19:22:09Z
dc.date.created2019-05
dc.date.issued2019-06-27
dc.date.submittedMay 2019
dc.date.updated2019-09-10T19:22:09Z
dc.description.abstractAs technology has advanced rapidly over recent decades, the aging population has also grown. Therefore, the importance of addressing senior users’ needs in using and learning technology deserves attention from the government and industry. There have been websites and mobile applications designed for senior learners to take online courses, join online discussions or make friends. However, there are limited mobile apps for seniors to acquire information, while connecting to others online. To fill the gap, this report explores the design considerations that should be taken into account to facilitate seniors to better use of technology. A mobile app prototype, Chatlet, was developed to illustrate the ideas of a mobile app that might interest seniors. To evaluate the design features, a case study on four seniors between 56 and 76 years old was conducted through interviews and usability testing. The findings indicate that seniors are motivated to use mobile apps mostly for getting information and communication, and one’s self-efficacy with technology could impact their selection of online activities. It is recommended that a senior-friendly mobile app be responsive to users’ actions on the app, have availability of technical support and clearly present the purpose of the app. Further details about design recommendations on mobile apps for seniors and pedagogical implications are discussed within the report
dc.description.departmentCurriculum and Instruction
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/2152/75797
dc.identifier.urihttp://dx.doi.org/10.26153/tsw/2899
dc.language.isoen
dc.subjectMobile app
dc.subjectSeniors
dc.subjectLearning technologies
dc.subjectSenior technology
dc.subjectSenior mobile apps
dc.subjectSenior technology users
dc.subjectSenior technology learners
dc.subjectChatlet
dc.subjectSenior communication apps
dc.subjectSenior information apps
dc.titleA case study of designing a mobile app prototype for seniors
dc.typeThesis
dc.type.materialtext
thesis.degree.departmentCurriculum and Instruction
thesis.degree.disciplineCurriculum and Instruction
thesis.degree.grantorThe University of Texas at Austin
thesis.degree.levelMasters
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Arts
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