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Partners in this project were highly aware that in the times of digitalisation nobody should be left behind. Moreover, to be able to use digital devices and cope with digitalisation is everybody’s right equating the right to be equal and included, the right to live decently. The postulate about the correlation between digitalisation and decent living might seem exaggerated to some older people, those who voluntarily cut themselves from new technologies, claiming that they can do without them. The current Covid-19 crisis, however, has shown that they should rethink their attitude.

Namely, without sufficient technological knowledge, sufficiently developed and developing ICT skills and competencies one’s functional literacy is getting decreased while one is becoming dependent on the skills and whims of others. The situation of those who avoid digitalisation becomes difficult and thereby the situation of the entire society. 

In this E-book the project is presented; its rationale, the topics it deals with, its aims, its target groups: educators involved in older adult education as immediate users and older people as end-users of the project results. Then the readers are introduced to the discussion about the digital divide. A selection of digitalised methods to be used is proposed and the role of visual literacy in older adult education is discussed.

The SPIDW project and its trainings were focused on films; on how to screen, understand and produce them so the readers are introduced to a selection of films produced by the partners as a result of their mutual trainings and knowledge they so generously offered to each other and the community of adult educators and through them to older learners.

The SPIDW project dealt with a maximum number of relevant topics, examples, methods as well as visual techniques in a very limited time and with scarce resources. No wonder, since making a film is about being free and limited at the same time! Nevertheless, the partnership feels that they have accomplished a lot. They discovered that what you see, what you feel, what you say or omit to say is a film. Nothing else counts. When finished, films remain with the audience. How they understand them, how they feel about them depends on their frames of reference, their psychological characteristics, culture, understanding and feeling. It has been found that screening and producing films, cultivating visual literacy in older adult education, has an immense potential that is still to be discovered.

E-book is freely accessible through an open license (Creative Commons). Project partners are the copyright holders of the Intellectual Property rights. In any case Intellectual Property rights norms apply:

  • Texts and images can be downloaded and printed only for private use;
  • Distribution is allowed only with a previous authorization provided by partners;
  • Reproductions are allowed, only upon request to partners and always making reference to source, authors and project funding programme;
  • All contents have been developed by partners and it is possible that published information will be varied, integrated, corrected or upgraded in the future.

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