Module 4 - Virtual communities

The aim of the module is to make the participants familiar with the new ICT based concepts and approaches for empowering and motivating elderly people to improve and maintain their independence, functional capacity, health status as well as preserving their physical, cognitive, mental and social well-being.

Ageing is often associated with a reduced ability to engage in the community both for the older person and, often, for their carers. The result of this reduced ability can be social isolation and exclusion which is a cause for concern. There is however, growing evidence of the individual and collective benefits of participation in the local community and society in general, especially in the area of health and well‐being and the associated impact on mortality and morbidity.


Learning outcomes

By the end of the module, you will be able to understand the meaning of virtual communities, being aware of their types, as well as advantages and disadvantages. 

You will also be able to use social networking applications confidently. You will be able to create a new account, log in, post ideas, join social groups as well as create your own group. You will also be able install related applications to mobile devices.

Having finished this module you will be able to download and install social technology to various devices and use the basic functions such as adding or deleting contacts, sending messages, photos, videos and starting a voice call. You will also learn how to use Group Chats.



  • Virtual communities
  • Social networks (Facebook, Twitter)
  • Social technologies (Viber, WhatsApp)