Connections is an evidence-based technology training program for adults over 50 developed by The OASIS Institute. Participants can learn how to use email and word processing, search the Internet, understand online security, update job skills and more.
Goals of the program:
- Help mature adults develop the skills and confidence to use technology effectively
- Help job-seekers update their workplace technology skills
- Provide training in underserved neighborhoods through partnerships
Courses are designed based on adult learning needs and emphasize hands-on active learning, relevant activities, step-by-step procedures, screen illustrations, and ample time for skill practice and positive reinforcement. A total of 11 long and 23 short courses are currently available. Four courses have been translated into Spanish. View our current course descriptions.
OASIS works with community partners to offer the courses to a broad and diverse audience, including underserved neighborhoods. Partners include libraries, retirement housing, park districts, YMCAs, senior centers, worker training programs, and other agencies.
A study by the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine shows the introductory Connections courses are effective at helping older adults develop computer skills.