Join our Gluu/UBC Study

Gluu and University of British Columbia Okanagan (UBCO) researchers are teaming up to determine how effective digital skills courses are for older adults. Our hope is that results from this crucial Canadian study will help funders understand that putting money into free digital skills programs for older adults is good for everyone.

We need your help

Whether you want to teach digital skills virtually or in-person, we’ve got you covered. All you needed to participate are older adults who want to learn how to use a tablet and volunteers willing to help. Your volunteers will receive free training, teaching resources, and support. And, your students will get free printed learning resources, online courses, and support while they learn the basics. 

Volunteers do not need to be experts. If they can use a tablet, go on the internet, and manage email, they have enough skills. And, the Gluu Crew is there to help should they need it.

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About the study

Empowering rural older adults: Promoting equitable digital engagement that sticks.

Principal investigator:
Dr. Kathy Rush, UBCO, School of Nursing

Click here to read more.

Student & Volunteer Benefits

Five Great Reasons to Participate

Use the blue toggle below to learn how students and volunteers will benefit from participation in this study.

About Gluu Essentials

Gluu Essentials is a complete course that helps older adults learn digital skills

Designed for older adults new to Apple iPad or Samsung Galaxy tablets and for those wanting to brush up their digital skills.

It includes printed materials, optional online courses & volunteer support.

With short weekly sessions, it takes about two months to cover the whole Gluu Essentials program at a comfortable pace.

On completion, students will have the essential skills to use their tablets and be online safely.

Completion Certificate is awarded, too!

What your students will learn

Gluu Essentials for iPad (iOS 15)

Gluu Essentials for Samsung Tablets (Android 11)

Who is perfect for this study?

Older adults new to using their tablets and those who want to learn the basics

Students should be ready to embark on their digital learning journey. In about two months, with regular weekly sessions, a student will complete the Gluu Essentials course comfortably. These essential skills will set them up for life. 

Advanced users who want to go beyond the essentials are not a good fit for this study. 

Different learning Styles

Virtual Learning or In-Person Classes?

Whether teaching virtually or in-person, we’ve got you covered. Here is how we support students and volunteers—use the blue toggle below to learn more.

How the study works

Details about how this study works

Here’s how this study works for each learning style. Use the blue toggle below to learn more.

Use this form to join the study