Virtual U3A

Welcome to the Virtual U3A

What is The Virtual U3A (vU3A)?

The Virtual U3A or vU3A is like a local U3A Group except that its activities take place on the Internet.

An important target group are those who are isolated through location, illness or immobility and cannot manage to attend a terrestrial U3A, and for those who have commitments as a carer, or whose own U3A doesn’t provide a particular interest group. We also have, and welcome, members who belong to a traditional U3A, but who enjoy the wider contact and opportunities that we can provide. We have members from around the world.

We encourage our Members of the Virtual U3A to form their own informal learning and discussion groups, choose their own topics and share their experiences in the social areas of the site. It follows the principles of participative learning which have made the U3A one of the most successful educational and social groups for older people.

The vU3A's activities are carried out in writing using a secure, membership only, workspace. The vU3A does not create or deliver formal structured online courses.

Activities

In the vU3A, the activities take place on a variety of interest pages in our wiki website. There is no need to formally join any vU3A activity, you just visit, read and make contributions.
making notes

There is usually much information to read which can be a great help for those venturing into new subject matter areas. Dropping in every now and again is the norm.

Coffee Shop

There is the ever-popular Coffee Shop which is a great place to visit and have a chat in the form of written comments in the Comments section of the page. The nice thing is you don't all have to be online at the same time to have your chat - particularly when there might be contributions from around the world, for example, Australia, as time zones are not a factor.

Benefits of Membership

Our subscription is currently £12 per year, which gives you exclusive rights to the use of our dedicated private site which is password protected and on which no advertising is allowed.
It also covers the magazine Third Age Matters issued 5 times a year, plus Sources, another journal that provides helpful information for interest groups, as well as our own Newsletter.
Subscriptions are paid using a credit or debit card online but we can arrange for other methods of payment if required.
Members will be free to join any of our groups or interest pages and primarily social pages, e.g. the Coffee Shop.
Please use our public website to join, Click here

What experience do I need?

  • Experience at an elementary level in receiving, sending and replying to emails (and occasionally handling attachments), in finding one's way around the Internet and writing text, e.g. letters, articles or keeping a diary, etc.
  • Experience in saving and retrieving files, e.g. word processing files.

Additional skills (not essential but rather handy) include taking part in ‘chat’ exchanges or ‘forum’ discussions on the Internet.
The idea behind these requirements is to allow members of the vU3A to communicate effectively with one another and to work in groups on projects of shared interests using written contributions.

Confused

But don't worry too much there is always other members on hand to help!

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