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March 2, 2011

SeniorNet launches virtual campus on tech for seniors

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There is a large segment of the adult population, those above 50, who for different reasons cannot or will not attend classes in a classroom. With this new offering from SeniorNet, a nonprofit organization, seniors who are homebound or have limited mobility now have the opportunity to access 200 online courses on computer skills at affordable prices.

The SeniorNet Online Learning Center is an addition brought forth by feedback from prospective and existing members. The new offering is expected to push ahead SeniorNet’s mission which is to provide older adults education for and acces to computer technologies to enhance their lives and enable them to share their knowledge and wisdom.

Mimi Witcher, a tech savvy senior instructor and former Teacher of the Year at Richland College in Dallas, TX designed the curriculum. It is a virtual campus, available at any time of the day, divided into three sections.

In the Computer section, students can choose from 200-plus senior-friendly computer and Internet lesson plans written specifically for them that have been taught in a college classroom or SeniorNet Classroom Learning Center. The Get Connected section teaches students how to share their love, thoughts or photos. The Explore the World section has numerous departments containing hundreds of faculty recommended websites for students to visit.

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