Introducing the EU-project ‘PEER’ on the ‘International Day of Older Persons’: How to contribute to the learning of adults aged 50plus with easy accessible Web2.0 tools

Release Date: 1. Oct. 2013

How to contribute to the learning of adults aged 50plus with easily accessible Web2.0 tools?

PEER – Dare to be wise!’ facilitates later life learning opportunities supported by Web 2.0 tools customised to suit the needs of elderly individuals. “As access to knowledge, learning opportunities and participation in the current society is increasingly reliant on technologies, older people's access to lifelong learning acquires a new dimension via web 2.0 tools.” is the conclusion of PEER project manager Maria Schwarz-Wölzl, ZSI, for this year’s International Day of Older Persons, which was designated by the United Nations as the 1st of October.

The world of Web 2.0 for senior adults
Web 2.0 tools offer a tremendous potential for sustaining learning opportunities across the course of later life. Accordingly, PEER is developing a set of selected Web 2.0 tools that are adapted to the needs of older learners. These tools are available free of charge and cover several demands of the target groups.

High user acceptance
Providing a new set of Web 2.0 tools on 50plus platforms run the risk non-acceptance by their members. As such, the Web2.0 tools of PEER were tested by more than 16 persons aged 50plus over a period of five months. After a process of further customization, four Web2.0 tools will soon be available in five languages: EN, DE, NL, PL and PT.

Useful instructions
Moreover, PEER has released guidelines in 21 languages on how to best implement the new Web 2.0 tools for those you want to install them on their social network platforms. Please find more details on the PEER website:

Press information
ZSI – Zentrum für Soziale Innovation
Tel: +43 (1) 495 04 42-0
Pamela Bartar:


Sapere aude! Dare to be wise! - PEER has been funded with support from the European Comission.
This website reflects the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use, which may be made of the information contained therein.