Date of Completion

Fall 12-5-2016

Document Type

Open Access Capstone

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)

First Advisor

Carol Ann Sharicz

Abstract

The Woburn Council on Aging is a municipal, volunteer board appointed by the Mayor of Woburn. The Woburn COA operates the Woburn COA Senior Center as a resource for the community's senior citizen population. The Senior Center provides information, referrals, information, outreach, advocacy, transportation, health screening, nutrition, education, peer support, recreation, volunteer development and intergenerational programming for members of the community. Educational programs on the use of technology are offered monthly at the Woburn COA Senior Center though members have expressed interest in learning more about social media applications and how they can be used to communicate with family and friends. The Woburn COA Senior Center did not have any courses available on the specific topic of social media and thus a training course was requested to meet this need. A new educational series on the use of Social Media, presented in an easy-to-follow format and geared towards beginner-level computer users, was developed for this project. To fully support the goals of the Woburn COA Senior Center in relation to educating their members on the topic of social media, a number of different educational materials were created for use. Keeping in line with the analysis conclusions and the instructional strategy plan that was established early in the instructional design process, a self-paced computer-based tutorial with narration was developed and will be made available to Woburn COA Senior Center users at the conclusion of four scheduled classroom session series.