London Region of U3As

Active Learning

On this page we identify some other forms of learning, other than through U3As, that you might be interested in:
There are many opportunities for U3A members to engage in various types of research. This page provides a brief introduction:

Shared Learning Projects(SLPs):
SLPs are the ‘flagship’ of U3A research opportunities and merit a page of their own.
For further information about SLPs click here: SLPs

U3A National Research Database: The U3A National Research Sub-committee has produced a database with the aim of recording any research that involves the U3A, whether that is done by the U3A itself, in partnership with an external organisation (as in some SLPs) or where U3A members are subjects in someone else’s research (e.g. projects by universities). External studies of the U3A are also included.

The database will generate knowledge by facilitating access to research results and other researchers, identify knowledge gaps and research opportunities, assist those engaged in or planning research and highlight the activities of the U3A. Find the database here: Database. The database contains information on research projects (over 700 identified so far) that have been conducted by or involved U3A members. The database is easily searched by topic, region, type of research project, and where relevant the name of any partner organisation

It’s an ongoing task to assemble this material and we rely on members telling us about research that they remember or have taken part in. Check to see if your project has been included and if the details are complete and correct.

Ideally, we would like:
• a short description of the research
• the U3A(s) involved, including networks
• the external partner(s), if any
• the date of the research
• the name and contact details of the project leader (names and email addresses will not be visible to users).
• any outputs such as a book, report, database, CD/DVD, sound recording, website, presentation or exhibition and how to find them if they are still available.

Please send any information to the SLP Project Adviser for the London Region of U3As(Jo Walters) or to Jo Livingston. Both can be reached by the their links on the CONTACT page.
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Getting Involved in Research, The Research Guide booklet has been written for U3A members who may be interested in getting involved in research, including those who feel they have no research experience. It can also be used as a resource by U3A Research Project Advisers to provide training and guidance. Paper copies of the guide can be obtained free of charge from National Office.

In the London area, your Research Project Advisers are currently as follows and can be contacted about research via the Blue Bird, above right.
Jo Livingston
Ann Salvage
Catherine Ware

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Links with Universities are Related Organisation in the London Region: U3As across the UK are increasingly working with their local universities, research and similar organisations to develop mutually beneficial relationships.
The prime area for collaboration is currently research such as partnership in Shared Learning Projects, or in research conducted by universities or other external organisations using U3A members but collaborations can take many other forms.In the London Region we already have some links - with University College, King’s College and Goldsmiths College - and we hope develop relationships with other universities, colleges and related research institutions.
If you have with personal contacts or a working knowledge of any relevant institution in the London Region please contact me .
If you feel you can help in any way, I look forward to hearing from you as soon as possible.
Kind regards, Catherine Ware, Chair – London Region of U3As

You can send an email to Catherine through the CONTACT page. For an expanded version of this message click here:Universities.
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Online Learing: The web is an enormously valuable resource for information and learning. For example, many universities and other institutes upload lectures on to the web which are accessible from a particular site (e.g. the Royal Society, Gresham College) or through U tube. Many Universities, both British and foreign, now offer access to online courses – see MOOCS, below.
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Do You Know About MOOCS? A massive open online course (MOOC) is an online course aimed at unlimited participation and open access via the web. In addition to traditional course materials such as filmed lectures, readings, and problem sets, many MOOCs provide interactive user forums to support community interactions between students, professors, and teaching assistants (TAs). MOOCs are a recent and widely researched development in distance education which was first introduced in 2008 and emerged as a popular mode of learning in 2012. (from Wikipedia) For more information and access to courses click here: MOOCS.
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Give TED a Try!, TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) is a global set of conferences run by the private non-profit Sapling Foundation, under the slogan Ideas Worth Spreading. TED was founded in 1984 as a one-off event: the annual conference series began in 1990. TED's early emphasis was technology and design, consistent with its Silicon Valley origins, but it has since broadened its focus to include talks on many scientific, cultural and academic topics. Over 1900 talks are available on the web (from Wikipedia). Go to: TED.
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FutureLearn, Free online University courses. Several British University courses in a range of subjects are available for you to follow at home. See here: FutureLearn.
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OpenLearn: Free learning from The Open University. Free educational resources and courses!
For details see www.open.edu/openlearn/