UI researchers study impact of video conferencing

Researchers are studying ways to help seniors stay connected through video conferencing technology.

The National Institute on Aging (National Institutes of Health) gave UI researchers an $850,000 grant. Kinesiology and Community Health professor Wendy Rogers and Speech and Hearing Science associate professor Raksha Mudar are leading a team that’s working with OneClick.chat to study “Enhancing Quality of Life for Older Adults with and without MCI through Social Engagement over Video Technology.”

Rogers says OneClick, which offers video conferencing like Skype or Zoom, is easier to navigate for older adults because it doesn’t require the extra steps of downloading software. In the first phase of research, Rogers has worked with OneClick developers on making sure icons and directions are easy to follow for people who aren’t as comfortable with technology. […]

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