Hurst, Hassocks & Ditchling

Learning & Resources

Online help from WSCC Libraries
The WSCC Libraries Digital Support Service provides help to people needing assistance using their computer.
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Online resources are ideal for creating and extending group activities. There are many websites that provide specific information relevant to u3a interest groups eg. Kahn Academy (short tutorial videos), How Stuff Works (short tech/science explanations), TED (Technology, Entertainment & Design) talks (20 min talks by experts), online collections at the British Library, National Gallery of Art etc.

Free online learning courses are called MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses). They are short learning courses developed by universities and other organisations. There are hundreds available online, with a very wide variety of topics. You can study just parts of a course without obligation. All you will need is access to the internet, plus an email address. Although designed for individuals, it has been confirmed that it is suitable for group usage.

There is a u3a website: Advice on Using MOOCS, explaining how to use them and giving links to the relevant websites. They also list u3as with experience of the courses. Just click on the blue link.

Shared learning projects (SLPs) are short, participatory learning activities lasting from several weeks to several months which can be at a local or regional level. They involve u3a members interested in researching or developing a particular subject. Other local parties such as schools or societies may also become involved. They usually culminate in a small publication, presentation or exhibition. Sponsorship may be available to assist eg South Downs National Park & The National Lottery sponsored the South Downs Alphabet SLP.
SLPs can be created by one of our interest groups, working with other u3a groups or local organisations.