Here is a place to explore what an online U3A has to offer, and to say what you would like to see from such a site. This site is free to use.
If you have a camera and microphone you could talk to someone. Just click on Video Chat and you will be taken to a online meeting where you can chat about vU3A. The chat is only open between 2.00 to 4.00pm weekdays, 2.00 to 3:00 weekends
When you know how to use this Zoom video chat, you could register for free to use it yourself with friends and family https://zoom.us/signup
Here is a description of kind of monthly online meeting in which we gently learn a little more about Classical Music with a focus for now on British Symphonies. Each month we look at a different period of British Symphonies, for April 2020 it will be the period from 1750 to 1900. The plan is to take a different period until we reach the present day, when the club finishes. The resource for the club is the Timeline of British Symphonies which is an original collection unique to vU3A.
1. During the month of April find at least two symphonies you will listen to and create a short review which you post in add a comment
2. You may want to sample a few before deciding, and it adds interest to review one symphony you like, and one you like less.
3. The review only needs to be a few lines about what you thought of the symphony. A tip however is have both evidence and opinion. For example, the 18th C symphony was intricate but lacked the melody of the 19th C symphony, so I didn't like it so much.
4. Then respond to what others wrote so we encourage each other and learn together
5. Gradually we should all learn more about symphonies and find some new music to which we enjoy listening
Of course, there are many other subjects in vU3A, for example
Literature and Language
Geography and Travel
Science and Technology
Humour Games and Pastimes
Recreational And Hobbies
Life and Living
Here is our public version of a wiki with subjects: vU3a public Wiki
vU3A is a private wiki with password for your security, so we have this public version for demonstation
There are many discussion boards in vU3A, the most popular of which is the Coffee Shop in which members chat about whatever is on their minds at the time
We have a discussion board just for vU3A Open House in which you can say who you are and chat about anything you want.
After you click on the link, you will need to register in order to take part. Choose General Discussion and either look for Create Thread, or click on an existing thread to reply.
vU3A is based on a Wiki. This is how you can contribute to it:
By creating your own pages on subjects that you have a particular interest you will be sharing your knowledge with others. Others will comment on your work just the same as you can leave comments on their work.
We will start at the right side of the screen this is where most of the information is. At the top we have the standard ‘search this workspace’ facility works in the same way as any other, nothing new there!
Moving down we have ‘create a page’ and ‘upload a file’ ‘copy page’ etc.
Moving down again we have the ‘Navigator ‘a useful function on the wiki.
Down again and you come across the ‘Side Bar’ Under this, (on the main wiki site,) you will find all the groups of subjects, topics, projects, discussions, running the vU3A, and useful information. Try clicking on one of the items on the list and have a read.
The PBWorks wiki is extremely easy to use and contains a wealth of knowledge for you to enjoy, more importantly it provides a safe environment for you to create and share your knowledge.
You can create your own space by creating a folder, and then create a page, or just create a page on its own, you don’t have to create a folder, but it helps, place the page in the folder job done. You can drop pictures and video links onto your work to add more depth and colour.
If these free illustrations of our activities, and contact with our members, have interested you, here is how you can join vU3A
The vU3A are offering a reduced membership of £8.50 from the 1st April to the 31st July 2020. This will be reviewed at the end of the four month period depending on the circumstance of this exceptional Covid-19 crisis during which local U3As are not able to meet..