Mobile Device Learnability for Older Adults
How can the learnability of mobile device applications be improved for older adults?
Many older adults who want to use mobile technologies reportedly have difficultly learning to use them. The goal of my PhD thesis work was to investigate three promising design approaches to determine whether each can improve the learnability of mobile devices for older adults. We involved both older and younger adults in our studies to uncover benefits unique to older adults.
We investigated the following three design approaches:
Increasing the interpretability of graphical icons
Incorporating a multi-layered interface
Augmenting the mobile device’s display
NEW Leung, R.
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