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WorthPlay in Scotland

In mid-July 2013, we conducted a study of WorthPlay in Dundee, Scotland. The study was carried out at the Dundee User Centre (an informal "drop-in" centre for older adults keen to learn about computing and modern digital technologies) based in the School of Computing at the University of Dundee. The aim of the study was to observe attendees at the centre playing and creating games on the WorthPlay gaming platform, to gather their feedback on their experiences, and to identify the similarities and potential cultural differences between game playing in Scotland and game playing in Spain. 

Why is WorthPlay so useful for introducing older people to ICT and for educational purposes?

We interviewed the teacher of the course to know their opinions on the experience and the WorthPlay platform.
 
Do you think the WorthPlay platform is easy or difficult to use? “It is very easy to learn how to use it. For this group of people… most of them have never used the computer. And they have succeed in doing it… there is no need for knowing complex tasks… it allows you to do more than you can imagine”
 

Introducing elderly students to ICT in a meaningful and playful way

The WorthPlay platform and games turned out to be a highly successful way of introducing elderly students enrolled in a course on topics of general knowledge to ICTs. The activities were carefully designed by the teacher of the course at l’Escola de Persones Adultes La Verneda-Sant Martí, with the support of members of the GTI research group at UPF. The teacher learned how to use the platform in a couple of informal sessions. He also created two games with questions regarding basic mathematical operations and geographical knowledge (e.g. oceans, rivers and mountains).

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