Senior-Friendly Features to Look for in Self-Paced Online Courses

Senior-Friendly Features to Look for in Self-Paced Online Courses

The world of online learning isn’t just for tech-savvy youngsters. Seniors are joining the online learning community in droves, and it’s essential that courses cater to their specific needs. If you’re a senior citizen or know someone who is, and are considering diving into the world of self-paced online courses, here are some senior-friendly features for which you should keep an eye out.

1. User-Friendly Interface:

The course platform should have an intuitive and straightforward design. Large, clear buttons, easy navigation, and a clutter-free layout are crucial. Seniors, especially those who might not be tech-savvy, should find it easy to move around without getting lost or overwhelmed.

2. Adjustable Text Size:

A feature that allows users to increase or decrease the text size can be a game-changer for those with vision challenges. It ensures that all content is accessible and easy to read.  Please note, that by holding down the CTRL and pressing the PLUS button, on a Windows laptop one can often make the text and images larger.

3. Voice Narration and Closed Captioning:

Audio explanations can complement visual content, making it easier for seniors to grasp the material. Closed captioning can further assist in understanding and retention.

4. Interactive Tutorials:

Rather than just reading or watching, interactive tutorials can provide hands-on experience, ensuring the learner is engaged and the material is understood.

5. Accessible Customer Support:

A real life responsive customer support team that’s patient and understands the needs of seniors can make a world of difference. Whether it’s technical issues or course-related queries, help from a real live person (not just a chatbot) should always be a click or call away.

6. Varied Content Presentation:

Courses that utilize a mix of videos, text, and images cater to different learning styles, ensuring that seniors can engage with the material in a way that suits them best.

7. Flexibility in Pace:

The beauty of self-paced courses is that they allow learners to move at their own speed. This is especially important for seniors who may want to take breaks, revisit previous sections, or spend more time on challenging topics.

8. Clear Instructions:

Every section should come with clear, step-by-step instructions – and if possible, some action items.

9. Mobile Accessibility:

For seniors on the go, courses that are accessible on tablets and smartphones can be a significant advantage.

The digital world of learning has a lot to offer seniors, and with the right features, it can be an enriching and enjoyable experience. So, if you’re considering enrolling in an online course, keep these features in mind and ensure that the platform you choose is truly senior-friendly!

We do our best to ensure each of these elements are available in our online courses.  If you do find that you need sometime special, please feel free to reach out.

~ Bella

Ms Bella St John – Founder, Senior Masterclass