Swindell. Name and location - U3A Online has no physical location.
Rather, it is a virtual U3A located on the Internet, open to any older
person from anywhere in the world. Our main activity is providing intellectually
challenging courses particularly for older people who are carers, ill,
immobile or otherwise unable to travel to a U3A meeting. However other
U3A members can also join. Our second major aim is to provide resources
for Australian and New Zealand U3A leaders to help them to meet their
Number of members
Difficult to say at any one time but in August 2010 we have approximately
1400 members. Membership is for twelve months and the membership year
is on an individual basis so the numbers are in a constant state of
Range of activities
Our volunteers have now written over 35 courses, each of which represents
about 8 weeks work. The beauty of the Internet is that courses can be
written and led by any qualified person no matter where they live. If
you'd like to try your hand at writing a course let us know and our
volunteer course coordinator will show you the ropes.
All courses are
completed online and discussion takes place via secure online forums.
Courses can be undertaken as Independent study or, when they are available,
with an online courses leader. Members can also participate in online
What I like best
about my U3A
Comments on our website, such as....
"Nowadays, living alone and physically limited, I was being
stupefied by knitting, crochet, patchwork, computer puzzles and occasional
bus trips. There is a limit."
show that the online U3A community is making a big difference to the
lives of isolated older people. In particular, frail people with sound
minds are clearly finding extra meaning in life through their online
courses and enjoying virtual friendships with people they'll never meet.
I like the way that U3A people have a go at something new by offering
to help other people to keep their minds alert.