The University Program of the Experience (UPE) at the University of Salamanca (Spain) includes three courses that consists of three obligatory subjects of 10 hours each one, three optional subjects of 10 hours each one and a minimum of 15 hours for complementary activities (conferences, monographic courses, cultural trips, etc.). The University for mature students is an initiative promoted by the Regional Government, in which all the Universities of the Autonomous Community collaborate. The UPE is a scientific, cultural and social program to integrate people older than 55 years into the University, with the idea of lifelong learning. People assisting these courses are very varied: people with university studies, other with baccalaureate certificate, and others with no previous studies. One of the optional subjects is New Technologies that includes topics from analogical and digital technologies, convergence between the fields of the computer science, Electronics and telecommunications, to the Internet repercussion in the areas of the knowledge, the economy and the leisure or the nets of communication and mobility like satellites, telephony of third generation, and Wifi. In this paper we will analyze the adult learning, and the case of the University of Experience at the University of Salamanca. The subjects, the contents, the motivation, the objectives and the skills to be acquired, are completely different from the ones from students of 18 – 25 years old, which start their studies after finalizing the High School or a Higher Technical Cycle.
Ascensión Hernández Encinas, University of Salamanca, Spain
Angélica González Arrieta, University of Salamanca, Spain
Juan José Bullón Pérez, University of Salamanca, Spain
Araceli Queiruga Dios, University of Salamanca, Spain
Stream: Adult and lifelong learning
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