Gluu Essentials

Online classes begin February 2022.

We believe every senior deserves digital empowerment. To make that happen we created Gluu Essentials—classroom-tested courses that help students get the most out of their device, understand how to stay safe online, and learn to use the apps that keep them connected.

Gluu Essentials is a free learning program that makes it easy for volunteers to share their digital skills knowledge and helps Canadian seniors learn the digital skills they need. 

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Printed Materials meet Online Courses. Now let's make these digital skills stick.

Seniors learn digital skills more effectively when they have our printed materials to guide them. We have mirrored this content in our online courses giving them two fantastic tools to repeat lessons as needed and learn at their own pace. Add volunteer-supported learning experiences into the mix, and you have a winning formula for helping seniors master the essentials.

Gluu Essentials for iPhone

Complete essentials skills course and student workbook for iPhones running iOS 15 or higher.

Gluu Essentials for iPad

Complete essentials skills course and student workbook for iPads running iPadOS 15 or higher.

Gluu Essentials for Samsung

Complete essentials skills course and student workbook for Samsung Galaxy Tablets running Android 11 or higher.

Complete Digital Skills Courses

People learn digital skills in different ways. But consistency is key to creating compelling learning moments whenever they happen. Gluu Essentials supports different approaches for seniors to learn essential digital skills—printed materials, online classes, and volunteer-led sessions.

Lessons are mirrored across all of our learning resources. This means Online Classes and volunteer-led sessions teach the same lessons students see in their Student Workbooks. Easy peasy.

This cohesive experience makes it more manageable for volunteers to teach essential digital skills and simpler for seniors to repeat lessons where needed or learn at their own pace. 

Gluu Essentials Online Courses are free. Student Workbooks are free and can be shipped to registered Seniors’ Organizations while supplies last.

Starting in February 2022, we will be offering the following Gluu Essentials Courses and accompanying Student Workbooks:

50+ lessons to learn the essentials

Here is the overview of topics covered in Gluu Essentials:

Gluu Essentials Print

Our Student Workbooks mirror the content in our Online Courses and in the Lesson Plans used for volunteer-led sessions. Seniors can only get a copy of a Student Workbook through a registered Seniors’ Organization. We are not able to ship directly to seniors.

Gluu Essentials Online

Using Gluu Essentials Online, seniors learn independently, at their own pace. Online courses are accessed at any time from any device connected to the internet. Learning this way makes it easy to repeat lessons when needed.

Gluu founder Linda Fawcus hosts Gluu Essentials Online courses. Students are expertly guided through easily digestible video lessons with step-by-step instructions covering essential digital skills. Seniors can submit questions to our Ask Gluu help desk. We answer those questions that benefit our whole community. Sadly, we are not (yet) funded to offer personal tech support help.

All students are invited to Technology Tuesday Online Live Events throughout the year. Students can ask questions during these interactive, live classes and dive into new topics. Our Online Live Events are a great way to climb the learning curve and get to know the Gluu community.

Our resources make it easy for volunteers to create engaging in-person & remote learning experiences

We know it’s challenging to find volunteers willing to teach digital skills. We can help by providing your volunteers with detailed lesson plans, training, and support. They don’t need to be an expert. If they can use a smartphone, the skills they have are enough. In as little as four hours per month, they can make a meaningful difference in the lives of seniors trying to gain confidence online.

Volunteers across the country use our teaching resources to inspire seniors embarking on their digital skills learning journey. Support from the Gluu Crew makes it easier than ever for volunteers to share their digital skills knowledge—and maybe learn a thing or two along the way.

Join our Gluu Seniors’ Organization Network for free. Learn more about how we can help you recruit and support volunteers in your community.

Teach & Learn in Different Ways

There are many ways to help your seniors learn digital skills. From In-Person Large Group Classes to Self-Paced Online Learning, we have the resources to help you, your volunteers, and seniors. Check out this table for more details about each learning style.


Below are explanations for each row of the table above. If you need additional information or guidance, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Join our growing network of Seniors' Organizations

Thanks in part to funding from the Government of Canada, we are able to provide free resources to Canadian seniors’ organizations and the volunteers who want to help seniors in their community gain basic digital skills. 

Registration is free. 

What seniors' organziations are saying about Gluu

I most truly appreciate all that Gluu Society has been doing towards the digital empowerment of our seniors here in Canada.
I have registered our organization, and am looking forward to using your incredible resources to enhance our programs for seniors!!
We're going to plaster the Free Gluu Membership all over our social media, because we think you do awesome work!
We are huge fans of this incredible organization that offers classes and training to Canadian seniors for FREE!

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Gluu is on a mission to help Canadian seniors become the most digitally literate in the world—one tap at a time.
Gluu Technology Society founder Linda Fawcus
Linda Fawcus

Some of the amazing umbrella organizations we work with