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. If and when your U3A joins, approach them to register a course.
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?
Your U3A will decide this. The simplest option is to use the Propose a Course button on the Courses Online.. The proposal will then be forwarded to your U3A for approval. Once approved it will be ready for enrolments.
How do members statewide enrol in a course?
Use the Enrolment button on the Courses Online page.
What's to stop peple who are not not U3A members from enroling?
Total enrolments will be collated and lists for each U3A will be forwarded to their home base where they can be checked against memership.
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]
What skills and equipment does a member need to take part?
An email account is necessary and a computer or tablet and an internet connection. The skills required are quite modest. People seem to learn the basics in 10 minutes. A person without the above may have a buddy who they can sit beside in order to participate. Also, some Zoom sessions may have a small group who meet together to join in. See 'Dual' below.
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.
What is the online system that is running this?
AirTable has replaced Google Sheets as the support technology. AirTable is a very sophisticated online data-base that is used by large companies to mange their businesses. It provides a very attracvite and flexible interface and one with growing potential as the amazed operater learns... slowly.