Online Learning & Resources
Help for Beginners with Tablet Computers or Planning to Buy One 2/18
The WSCC Library Service Digital Library Plus project brings iPads with WiFi access into a person's home and shows them how to access library services online. Residents will then have the opportunity to borrow the device - at no cost - to see how they get on with it.
If someone already has a tablet at home but needs help using it, then they will endeavour to show them how to get the most out of their device.
They offer gentle help and training to build basic digital skills, coaching learners at their own pace. They want to help people discover why they might want to go online, whether it is to read an eBook with enlarged print, play Scrabble, download a free copy of the Radio Times, email the grandchildren or so much more. They currently offer a range of digital support in libraries, however not all residents can easily access this service owing to age, disability, illness or caring responsibilities.
If you have a friend, parent or neighbour who you think might benefit from the service then please contact %Katie%.
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 website (short tech/science explanations), online collections at the British Library, National Gallery of Art (images.nga.gov) etc, TED (Technology, Education & Science) talks (20 min talks by experts.), 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. These are designed for individual learning, As we are about sociability and sharing the learning experience, U3As are looking at the possibility of using such courses as a resource for interest groups to work on together or even individuals from different U3As collaborating online using course material or creating/sharing their own online interest course.
**U3As have asked national office (TAT) to approach providers such as futurelearn.com, (the Open University site) to consider this development in respect of any copyright issues, etc.
There is a U3A website: Advice on Using MOOCS, explaining how to use them and giving links to the many MOOC providing websites. They also list U3As with experience of the courses. Just click on the blue link.
Please download and complete the MOOC evaluation form (a Word document) on the link.
** Following the SE U3A Forum 'Online Learning' workshop on 18th November, 2016, a lot of interest was shown in developing the use of online resources and short MOOCs to assist learning with groups. Further developments from national office and local U3As will be forthcoming as good practice is established and recommendations are listed.
Update. Hilvary Robinson ( SE Rep) received this email from Sam Mauger, CEO, Third Age Trust (11/16). She has given permission to send it on.
Extract from Future Learn email
Q. The group do not want certification, they just want the opportunity to soak up the learning experience together, to discuss, debate and learn. How do we achieve this?
A. One of the group will need to register a FutureLearn account and sign up to the courses you wish to study. From there, you can use the materials as you wish, in a group situation. We do not have any specific group study advice unfortunately, as the courses are not designed for that.
Q. The second thing I want to ask is that if a group leader wants to use some snippets from a course, eg a lecture to enhance a debate in a local interest group on the same topic is this ok provided that the snippet is properly accredited to the provider? In other words it is acknowledged as being the work of x person/ university in the same way as one would for example when accrediting a reference in a written piece of work.
A. Yes, this is fine providing it is acknowledged as stated as above.