The Warrnambool brand of the University of the Third Age (U3A) is heading in a virtual direction as it prepares to hold tutorial sessions through Zoom.
U3A president Peter Dexter was recently elected through the group's online annual general meeting and is helping steer the branch's online world.
"We're trying to keep our members engaged," he said.
"One way we can do this is continue our tutorial program with Zoom.
"As you can imagine, some of our members are not familiar with modern technology so we are working on undertaking training.
We don't think we'll be coming out of this with our normal face-to-face program for quite some time, so we're looking at lots of possibilities.Peter Dexter
Zoom tutorials are already being undertaken by other U3A groups across Australia and the Warrnambool branch is eager to begin their own.
Dr Dexter is preparing his own tutorials on various areas of climate and climate change and has enlisted the help of other tutors John Sherwood and Peter Hankinson to give sessions on a range of topics including south-west geophysics and Captain Cooks voyages.
At a later date, face-to-face sessions will likely include Robyn Southey discussing the Bayeux Tapestries, Professor Sherwood sharing his knowledge on the Moyjil site archaeology and Dr Noel Batley on his charity work in Timor-Leste.
"We're hoping to launch in about two weeks," Dr Dexter said.
"We're trying to introduce a series of talks on the same subjects for our members to understand a broad perspective of an area.
"We've heard other U3A groups are using Zoom for music appreciation and even mahjong.
"We want to open this to the general public and encourage people to get involved.
"Currently we're working through the planning of the full program which we'll make available on our website."
U3A knows all too well the importance of education and is hoping to involve more community members, no matter the age, to get involved in their online program when it launches.
"We're all about the idea of continuing to learn, no matter your age," Dr Dexter said.
"Our members are learning things they never learnt when they were younger. They come along to our lessons because they want to, there's no formal exams.
"Now we have a lot of time to learn a whole lot of things."
To find out more about the University of the Third Age head to u3awarrnambool.org.au and contact Peter Dexter on 0417 431 277 if interested in joining the Zoom tutorials.
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