Frequently Asked Questions about Statewide Online

Why is U3A SA providing these courses.

It is doing so in collaboration with affiliated U3As so online courses can be shared across the state. 

What technology is used to offer the courses?

There isn't any set technolgy. At present Zoom is the most popular online means, but others such as Skype could be used, and may well be new technologies emerging. 

Who can propose a course and where can I do this?

An member of a participating U3A in South Austrlalia.

What do you mean by a 'course'?

Course is our generic term for any U3A Presentation - a Course, class, Discussion Group, Demonstration, Seminar, Workshop etc.

What do you mean by a 'tutor'?

Tutor is our generic term for a presenter, leader, lecturer, instructor, etc.

How do I propose an online course?

You do this through your local U3A. They will have a process to submit a proposal. It may be the standard one for your U3A or it might be a simplified one for Statewide Online courses. Your U3A  will forward the course information to the Online Coordinator at U3A SA who will add it to their website to advertise it. 

How do members statewide enrol in a course?

Once courses are forwarded to the Online Coordinator, they will be listed on the U3A SA website. Members will be able to enrol at their U3A. These may be handled by the U3A's normal enrolment process or by a separate process. The enrolments will be forwarded to the Online Coordinator, who will collate them and send them to the tutor who will take it from their, contacting the class and managing the sessions.

Won't this involve a lot of administrative double handling?

We will be able to use some onine tools to prevent this. Shared spsreadsheets for example can be used to require just one entry, reducing the likelyhood of mistakes. 

What about length, time of day, length of a program and so on?

For online courses there are very few rules. They can be conducted at whatever time suits the tutor/instructor and participants, there are no constraints about room availability and the number of particiants depends on the nature of the session/s. They can be intimate with a handful of participants or they can be presentations to a large audience.

Could a course be one I already offer face to face?

Yes. It can be an online add-on to your face-to-face course  becoming a 'Dual' course, where there is a regular class plus a TV with online people attending. [see Zoom section below]

Zoom Opportunitites

How can one find out how Zoom works and can be used and what is good practice?

There will be regular sessions advertised on this site to provide tuition online about how to use Zoom for betinners and sessions for experienced uses to share ideas. 

Does Zoom have some advantages over face to face delivery?

1.There is no need to travel. 2.Sessions can be recorded so if someone misses a class they can catch up by viewing the video. 3.Zoom is good at sharing documents and anything on a screen, showing details very clearly. 

What are the technical facilities needed for a Dual live and online course?

Attention needs to be given to the physical setup so that the online people don't feel second class attendees. A laptop or tablet displaying on a large TV screen brings the remote members into the room. Sound needs to be loud enough for all. If display for the class is by Zoom's Share Screen then all attendees can see clearly.