. New Courses and One-off Events in Term 4, 2020

U3APP has been very active in continuing to add to the course program.  The following new courses, repeat courses and one-off events have been included so far:  (the newest courses since the last e-bulletin are highlighted in bold text)

COURSES

Monday Courses

Tuesday Courses

Wednesday Courses

Thursday Courses

Friday Courses

ONE-OFF EVENTS

Out and About

Saturday Seminars

Talks

 

For further details about the above courses and one-off events and to book, or if the event is full, to put yourself on the waitlist, click on the course or event name.

You can check back here whenever you want to know about new Courses and One-Off Events.

. Dates for your Diary

2020

Semester 2:  Monday 13 July - Friday 4 December

Monday 5 October - Term 4 begins - Classes resumed online with Zoom

Saturday 10 October - Seniors Festival Saturday Seminar - Professor Jenny Hocking will give The Marquee Presentation, The Palace Letters and the Dismissal of the Whitlam Government - Why are they important today?

Sunday 1 November - Membership renewals/payments for 2021 open

Tuesday 3 November - Melbourne Cup day - no classes this day

Saturday 21 November - Saturday Seminar - Why did Americans vote this way?

Friday 27 November – last date to renew Membership if you want to vote at the AGM on 28 November

Saturday 28 November - U3A Port Phillip Annual General Meeting

Friday 4 December - end Term 4 (except for 1K03 Understanding the Secrets of Human Perception which runs through to 14 December)

Monday 7 December - Enrolments open for 2021

 

. Displaying Zoom to a large screen TV

by Kevin English and Denis Mouy

Introduction

Do you attend one of our online Zoom classes and find the screen on your device is a bit small, especially for an exercise class or when watching a video in your class?  Would like to see it on your bigger tv screen?

You can connect your device to your TV and you can see everything both on your device and your TV.

You join your Zoom class on your device, but you can then move somewhere else and watch your class on your TV.  Remember that you will only be seen or heard by others in the class if you return to being in front of your device.

There are 2 broad ways to connect your device to your tv: via a cable or via wireless.  Further details are provided below.

Some basic assumptions:

  • The source device (running Zoom) could be any laptop/desktop, tablet or smartphone.
  • The device to be projected to is a flatscreen TV with at least one free HDMI input.
  • The zoom user requires the option of supporting two-way audio and video communication but must return to their device to be seen or heard by others.
  • The TV may or may not be a Smart TV, that is a TV supporting wi-fi connectivity. A Smart TV is assumed to be configured to access the user’s home wi-fi network.

Flowchart

A high level flowchart of the connection options is given below, identifying 4 broad options which are discussed in the later sections.

Option 1 – Wired connection via HDMI

A wired connection via HDMI will in most cases provide the simplest method of broadcasting content to a TV. In the simplest case, both the source device and TV support an HDMI interface looking like this:

All that is required is a standard HDMI male to male cable sufficiently long to reach from the source device to the TV. Suitable cables are:

CableTypical Cost
HDMI (5 metre cable)$15 (Scorptec)
HDMI (10 metre cable)$25 (Scorptec)

For source devices not natively supporting a female HDMI interface a relatively low-cost adapter can often be purchased. A few of the most common interfaces are listed below including the cost of an interface adapter from Officeworks to plug into a standard HDMI cable.

InterfaceEg. supported onAdapter cost (Officeworks)
15-pin VGA female interfaceOlder laptaps/desktops$34 (not from Officeworks)
Apple Lightning connectoriPhone or iPad$74
USB-CSome MacBooks$43.88
Mini DisplayportSome MacBooks$24.88

Article here lists the interfaces supported on recent Apple devices. https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201736

Joining a zoom session is relatively straightforward, involving the following broad steps:

  1. Connect the source device to the destination device via a standard HDMI cable in series with the appropriate adaptor device (as above) if necessary.
  2. Select the appropriate HDMI input on the destination TV (procedure differs between TVs)
  3. Set the source device to broadcast to the HDMI interface, eg.
    Windows laptop/desktop: press windows key  plus P then select duplicate
    IPhone: swipe up from bottom then select Screen Mirroring
    Apple Mac: refer to https://support.apple.com/en-au/HT204388
  4. Sign in to zoom class in the normal way.

Option 2 – Smart TV

Many modern TVs support inbuilt wi-fi capabilities which enable content to be sent directly from a source device to the TV screen without a physical connection. However, there are some differences in the capabilities and operating procedures between different TV brands so only the general approach is outlined here.

A good option is to use Google Chrome browser on the source device, supported on windows, Linux, iOS and Android operating systems. Ensure than the source and destination devices are configured on the same Wi-Fi networks and the TV is set to the appropriate HDMI channel. To activate screen sharing, click on the vertical ellipsis () symbol in the top right corner of the Chrome browser screen then click cast, which will bring up a list of compatible destination devices. There is also a dropdown menu labelled sources, which allows selection of browser tab, desktop or file screen casting. Select cast to desktop then click the desired destination device.

If “cast to desktop” is selected (continuously mirroring the source screen to the destination) a popup window will appear, click the image on your desktop to highlight it, then click the Share button.

So, in summary, to access zoom:

  1. Select three dots menu
  2. Select Cast
  3. Open Sources dropdown menu then Select 'Cast desktop'
  4. Click the destination to cast to
  5. Popup window appears; click the image of your desktop to highlight it
  6. Click the Share button
  7. Go to u3app.org.au, sign-in then start zoom class from the appropriate link.

Note that after clicking Cast, the black symbol  will appear in the top right corner. This will change to a blue symbol while casting is in progress. Using cast to desktop, everything will be cast from the source to the destination device until casting is stopped.

Selecting file at step 3 above allows a file (eg. Movie) on the source device to be selected then cast to the destination device and the source device to then continue with other functions.

Note that Chrome browser on iphones does not directly support casting.

However, for any iphone apps displaying the chromecast icon symbol , simply click this icon then select the appropriate destination device (TV) to initiate casting.

Option 3 – Apple TV device

Airplay is a casting protocol developed by Apple supporting video and/or audio. It is implemented in Apple devices running the IOS operating system and some 3rd party products. It is implemented as a display device in the Apple TV and in selected Smart TVs from Sony, LG, Samsung and others.

Users with an Apple device can choose to connect wirelessly to an HDMI equipped TV with the Apple TV hardware device. There are three current versions of Apple TV

  • Apple TV HD 32 GB $209 (includes 12 months AppleTV+ subscription)
  • Apple TV 4K 32 GB $249 (includes 12 months AppleTV+ subscription)
  • Apple TV 4K 64 GB $279 (includes 12 months AppleTV+ subscription)

An Apple TV (all models) needs to be connected to the home network by WiFi or network cable and is connected to the TV with an HDMI to HDMI cable.

The Apple TV will make any TV with HDMI input smarter because it can have its own apps installed to watch streamed content (ABC iView, SBS OnDemand, Netflix, Amazon Prime, Stan to name a few) and does not require any other smart device to do this. The Apple TV hardware device has its own remote control or can be controlled with the Remote app for iPhone and iPad

Your Apple devices (iPhone, iPad, Macintosh) wirelessly connect to the TV via AirPlay. AirPlay lets you share videos, photos, music and more from Apple devices to your Apple TV, your favourite speakers and popular Smart TVs.

For ZOOM meetings, use Screen Mirroring to see the entire screen of your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch on your Apple TV or AirPlay 2-compatible Smart TV.

  1. Connect your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch to the same Wi-Fi network as your Apple TV or AirPlay 2-compatible Smart TV.
  2. Open Control Centre:
    • On iPhone X or later or iPad with iPadOS or later: Swipe down from the upper-right corner of the screen.
    • On iPhone 8 or earlier or iOS 11 or earlier: Swipe up from the bottom edge of the screen.
  3. Tap  Screen Mirroring.
  4. Select your Apple TV or AirPlay 2-compatible Smart TV from the list.
  5. If an AirPlay passcode appears on your TV screen, enter the passcode on your iOS or iPadOS device.

Your TV uses your iOS or iPadOS device's screen orientation and aspect ratio. To fill your TV screen with the mirrored device screen, change your TV's aspect ratio or zoom settings.

To stop mirroring your iOS or iPadOS device, open Control Centre, tap Screen Mirroring, then tap Stop Mirroring. Or press the Menu button on your Apple TV Remote.

Mirror or extend your Mac display

With Apple TV or an AirPlay 2-compatible Smart TV, you can mirror the entire display of your Mac to your TV or use your TV as a separate display.

  1. Connect your Mac to the same Wi-Fi network as your Apple TV or AirPlay 2-compatible Smart TV.
  2. On your Mac, click  in the menu bar at the top of your screen. If you don't see  , go to Apple  menu > System Preferences > Displays, then select "Show mirroring options in the menu bar when available".
  3. Choose your Apple TV or AirPlay 2-compatible Smart TV.
  4. If an AirPlay passcode appears on your TV screen, enter the passcode on your Mac.

Change settings or stop mirroring

To change the size of your desktop mirrored on your TV, click   in the menu bar. Then select Mirror Built-in Display to match the size of your desktop or Mirror Apple TV to match the size of your TV.

AirPlay also lets you use your TV as a separate display for your Mac. Just click  in the menu bar, then select Use As Separate Display.

To stop mirroring or using your TV as a separate display, click  in the menu bar, then choose Turn AirPlay Off. Or press the Menu button on your Apple TV Remote.

Option 4 – Google Chromecast

For non-Apple devices (laptops/desktops, etc.) where a Smart TV or wired connection is not available, the Google Chromecast device is a good option.

Google cast is a proprietary protocol developed by Google and built into the Google Chromecast device. The protocol was published in 2014 and has since been built into a range of 3rd party Android TV products from Sharp, Sony, Toshiba and others.

Chromecast is a line of digital media players developed by Google for screen casting via Google cast to any device supporting an HDMI interface. It presently comes in two main variants:

  • Google Chromecast 3rd Generation ($55 in Officeworks) supporting Full HD resolution video
  • Google Chromecast Ultra ($96 in Officeworks) supporting Ultra HD (4K) video

In both cases, the small dongle plugs into any HDMI interface and has a USB interface for charging. It is then setup via the Google Home app on an Android phone or iPhone. This mainly involving configuring Wi-Fi. The host TV needs to be set to the appropriate HDMI channel into which the dongle is plugged, then it should be ready to start displaying anything from a Google cast compatible device.

Using Google Chrome browser, the procedure for casting a zoom call is then identical to that for a Smart TV, ie.

  1. Select three dots menu at top-right of Chrome screen
  2. Select Cast
  3. Open Sources dropdown menu then Select 'Cast desktop'
  4. Click the destination to cast to
  5. Popup window appears; click the image of your desktop to highlight it
  6. Click the Share button
  7. Go to u3app.org.au, sign-in then start zoom class from the appropriate link

Google Chromecast will not easily work to wirelessly connect ZOOM from Apple devices to a TV. There is an additional app (Apowermirror, lifetime cost of $59.95) that enables ZOOM from Apple iPhone and iPad to Chromecast.

At $55 the Google Chromecast is good value to “smarten-up” any TV, so a relatively low-cost entry point. I believe for many people this could be a good starting point to check out wireless connection with a larger (TV) screen.

Note that use of Chromecast is likely to add to the data that Google collects about its users. All the “free” stuff we get from Google has to be paid for and Google gets revenue from selling information about us to providers of goods and services. On the other hand, Apple is very deliberate about not collecting any more data than is necessary and does not sell it on to other parties, which, in part, is the reason that Apple devices always seem to cost more.

. Covid-19 Working Group Report 13 September 2020

U3APP in 2021 – Planning for the future

U3APP has enjoyed enormous success in 2020 in moving 70% of classes online. Not only that, we have been kept connected via our highly entertaining weekly e-bulletins, stimulated via our well attended Saturday seminars, engaged via our holiday programs, and creatively enhanced via our photography exhibition. Our membership has increased!

But what of next year? The U3APP COVID 19 Working Group is on the case. The Working Group is planning for a COVID safe environment, consistent with Government regulations and City of Port Phillip processes and procedures. The Group is scenario planning options for the delivery of classes and will be consulting soon with tutors and members.

Pam Caven

. Report from U3APP President, Graham Gosling 13 September 2020

Dear members

September marks 6 months since U3A Port Phillip ceased face to face classes and activities.  Thanks to the work of the COVID Working Group, the IT team and the enthusiastic tutors and you, our members, we have risen to the challenge and over 70% of U3APP classes are online with over 600 participants.

Nevertheless, we understand that the conduct of online classes by Zoom impacts on the sense of connectedness of some members that comes through direct in person participation. This sense of connectedness built up over the past years is such an important aspect of U3APP operations and the basis as to why we have been able to continue to be successful in the online environment.

In the meantime, the closure of all facilities used by U3APP is set to continue and there is no indication as to when they may reopen. In light of this situation, for the remainder of 2020 all classes and activities will continue to be conducted either online using Zoom technology or via email in limited circumstances. Those classes that have been postponed since the closure will not recommence in Term 4, with the possible exception, post restrictions, of the courses conducted outdoors.

The U3APP Annual General Meeting this year will also be held utilising online facilities.

On a personal reflection Thursday this week was national RUOK day. This day and the phrase arose out of one family’s tragedy but now serves as a great reminder that whilst many members are coping well and enjoying life many others are struggling.  A simple genuine gesture of asking “are you OK” can have a very positive impact. I urge you to consider this with family, friends, acquaintances and your fellow U3A members.

Please stay safe and well.

Regards - Graham Gosling

 

. Report from the Covid-19 Working Group 11 July 2020

Report from the COVID 19 Working Group

Here we go again……..Melburnians may be  back in lockdown for six weeks, but U3A Port Phillip is firing up.

The COVID 19 Working Group still meets regularly and continues to work on strategies to keep members learning and socially connected. The Group has begun the process of developing a risk management strategy in response to the Port Phillip Council’s request for a Resumption Plan for Reusing Facilities. Caveat – we will not be resuming face to face classes in the foreseeable future.

The Working Group is delighted that Term 3 will have an increased number of classes. There are new classes and some of the perennial favourites, exercise classes and watercolour classes (we will emerge fitter and more creative).

The Working Group decided in May that with the use of webinars on Zoom the Saturday seminars could return. With two very successful seminars in Term 2 they continue with a vengeance in Term 3.

The Saturday seminar on 18 July, Writing historical biography: a labour of love or an act of madness? is a must for writers, history buffs and those who like a fascinating story.

The seminar on 15 August will focus on the controversial development of Fishermans Bend.

Pam Caven, Committee of Management, Covid-19 Working Group

. Vale Alex Njoo

Vale: Alex Njoo - Virtual Funeral notice.

The service will be held at 3pm on Tuesday 25th of August.

https://vimeo.com/event/238799

Dear friends and family,

Our dear Alex passed away peacefully just before 7pm on 19 August 2020.

There was no-one like Alex. He was a renaissance man - architect, painter, writer, poet, film buff and lifelong agitator for causes that mattered. He never accepted the status quo and always questioned ridiculous rules. He was passionate about fighting racism and he loved to keep up with world affairs. He was a husband to Linda, father to Jessica, Celeste and Simon and grandfather to his two grandchildren Tilda and Lilas-Mae. Along with Alex’s children’s partners, Alison, Charlie and Oli, we are all deeply saddened by his parting. We hope we can carry the torch as brightly and with the same determination as Alex.

We wish we could have everyone at the service so that we would be able to share memories of this unique man together. Unfortunately, in the Stage 4 lockdown we are unable to do so. Therefore, we invite you to join us via live streaming so that we can support each other and pay our respects to our dear Alex.

The service will be held at 3pm on Tuesday 25th of August.

The service will be streamed from the West Beach Bathers Pavilion, which is next to the dog beach on Beaconsfield Parade and we will have a small group of family and friends who will share their memories with us all.

Alex had often said that he would like to be a guest at his own funeral because it would be a celebration rather than a sad occasion. He wouldn’t want us to wear black (unless it was in fashion). He was a colourful man who loved wearing batik shirts as a nod to his cultural heritage but could carry off a stylish shirt and beret as well. How many of us could do that with the flare that Alex could?

Known as Alex, Al, Mon (short for mon darling), Pa, Dad and Opa, he was many things to many people. For him, I hope that we are able to honour his wish and dress with colour and flair for the day. The family are so pleased that his service will be held in his home suburb of St Kilda which he loved so much and next to the beach where we walked so many times with family, friends and our dogs over the last 40+ years.

Thank you everyone for the beautiful flowers & food packages you have already sent. For anyone else who would like to show their love, we know that Alex would have liked you to support The Cancer Council of Victoria.

Please find below the link for the live-streaming for Alex’s funeral service:

The service will be held at 3pm on Tuesday 25th of August.

https://vimeo.com/event/238799

Thank you all for your well wishes.

Linda

On behalf of the Njoo clan.

 

. U3APP & Seniors Festival Photographic Exhibition

'The Human Experience in the Time of Coronavirus'

by Pam Caven, Committee of Management Deputy President, Covid-19 Working Group

"Partying Like It's 2020"

On the weekend of 30-31 May 2020, U3A Port Phillip launched an exhibition of photographs taken by or of U3APP Members.

The purpose of the exhibition is three-fold:

  • To continue and expand U3APP’s commitment to engaging its members in ongoing educational and creative activities.
  • To provide an avenue  for illustrating the creative talents of U3APP members
  • To contribute to the historical record of the life and times of the corona virus pandemic.

The exhibition is really to have a look at our time throughout the Coronavirus pandemic through a collection of digital photographs (camera, phone, iPad) capturing and recording the human experience, since shut down on 16 March.

As the aim of the exhibition is to capture and record the human experience, to be eligible for submission photographs must include at least one person or the activities of a person.

A caption must be included with the photograph to illuminate thoughts or explain why the photograph represents ‘the human experience in the time of corona virus.

Photographs that do not involve people, such as where the primary subject is an animal/bird or other creature, or the activities of an animal/bird or other creature are not eligible for submission.

It should be noted that as this is an exhibition is not a competition - emotional impact rather than technical composition is more the criterion for submission.

It is intended that one or more photographs will be published in the e-Bulletin on a weekly basis, the selection of photographs will be undertaken by U3APP’s resident photographer Barry McIntosh assisted by Rob Creed and Aziza Khamlichi.

It is possible that the U3A photographs could be displayed as a feature of the City of Port Phillip Seniors Festival.

So, start reviewing your recent photographs or start taking new photographs or both.

Now you have your photograph, you can submit it for the exhibition by following the instructions here.

. Report from U3APP President, Graham Gosling

U3A Port Phillip:-

A success story of U3APP coping with the coronavirus.

Such has been the success of U3APP in moving to an online environment with now over 500 people participating, it has been noticed by U3A Network Victoria, the coordinating body for all U3As in Victoria. Consequently, I was invited to participate in the U3A Network Presidents' Forum on 20th May. The Forum was held online using Webinar with over 70 U3As participating.

I was asked to deliver a paper on how our U3A was coping during the coronavirus lockdown and then participate in a panel discussion with two other U3As and two researchers from RMIT. One of the researchers was online from Brazil. These researchers are looking into how older persons are managing technology.

The RMIT research team outlined that members ‘do not want phones to take over’, but also that ‘the human being is moved by needs’ and so, a future with more digital interaction is an enormous opportunity to embrace.  RMIT sees the U3A Movement as ‘community connectors’.

The takeaway from the forum for U3APP is that due to the efforts of the COVID 19 Working Group, in conjunction with the Tutors and all the Volunteers, we are one of the organisations that are leading the way in providing enhanced and innovative services to our members during the pandemic lockdown.  This provides us with a fantastic platform for reviewing how and what we can provide in the future.

Please stay safe and well.

Regards

Graham Gosling - President U3A Port Phillip

. Covid-19 Working Group Update 30 May 2020

Report on our Tutor Update & Thank You Meeting 29 May 2020

by Jim Pribble, Committee of Management, Covid-19 Working Group

The time:  44 BC;  

Place:  on a prominent street in Rome

A Voice from the crowd:  “Caesar”

Caesar:  “Ha!  Who calls?”

Soothsayer:  “Caesar, beware the Ides of March!”

Caesar:  “Say that again!”

Soothsayer:  “Caesar, beware the Ides of March!”

And so it came to pass on the Ides of March (give or take a day or two) that the Committee of Management (CoM) suspended all course delivery by U3APP.

The Tutor Update meeting, hosted by Jim Pribble and attended by 45 Tutors and other U3APP representatives, was opened by an address by the President of U3APP, Graham Gosling.  He briefly discussed the current state of affairs and then reported on the several meetings he has attended as a representative of U3APP.  The central message Graham presented is that U3APP is well ahead of many other U3As with our implementation of a recovery plan which quickly allowed resumption of coursework.  Graham indicated that the task of bringing the Mary Kehoe Centre up to the standard required for the resumption of face-to-face courses, i.e. suitable for our demographic and susceptibility to COVID-19, meeting social spacing constraints and catering for multiple groups using the Centre, will be difficult and perhaps costly.  Port Phillip Council is predicting a shortfall of some $42 million, so funding will be an additional burden in attaining access to the facilities (not just MKC, but SMCC, Sol Green, and other venues).

Pam Caven, Deputy President and member of the U3APP COVID-19 Working Group, wove the facts spanning from the Ides of March to the present. Guiding principles adopted by the Working Group (WG) were

  • Although all coursework ceased on 16 March, WG was determined to re-establish coursework at the beginning of Term 2 (which started 4 weeks after shutdown)
  • Guarding the health and safety of our members
  • Facilitating the continuing involvement of members of U3APP through learning and friendship and
  • Maintaining a strong relationship with the Committee of Management.

In the interval between shut-down and beginning of Term 2, most of the pre-closure courses were ready for rebirth online. Numerically, just to bore you with statistics:

  • 70% of Term 1 courses converted either to Zoom or e-mails and continued at the start of Term 2
  • 70% of our members are currently enrolled in courses either using Zoom or e-mails
  • 70% of our course attendance has been retained.

More statistics for those not yet screaming from the torture:

The WG recently conducted a survey of Tutors with the following outcomes:

  • 50% of our 2020 tutors responded to the survey (many of the non-responders have opted to not deliver coursework on Zoom, but will resume tutoring when we again can meet face-to-face)
  • 66% said their online course was working well and the remainder reported that results were OK
  • 55% said moving into online delivery was easy while 45% said it was a bit of a challenge
  • 75% said U3APP support (particularly IT) has been exceptional
  • Tutors report that 50% of their class participants are enthusiastic while the remainder said they were appreciative.

Selected Tutors were then asked to comment on their experiences regarding course delivery since conversion to online delivery.  This segment allowed tutors to discuss how they made the transition to online delivery and to present objectively (warts and all) on their courses and how their methodology/expectations were changed.

Presenters were:

  • Claude Miller (Language-French e-mail & Zoom combination),
  • Greg Woodford (Language-Zoom-Beginner and Intermediate Spanish),
  • Minuk Richards (Music –Zoom-Beginner & Beaut Ukes),
  • Julie Smith (Exercise-Zoom-Yoga),
  • Linda Condon (Art-Zoom-painting),
  • Helen Vorrath (Literature-Zoom-Shakespeare).

The floor was then opened to comment/discussion from the wider audience.  There were many astute observations and comments received and shared among participants.

Everyone at the meeting went away with an enhanced appreciation of Zoom and the many uses/capabilities it has to offer.  We thank all the participants for taking part in these discussions.  Comments from the ‘floor’ were direct and illuminating.

Thank you all for making the meeting successful.

Finally, it is the hope and wish of the Working Group to host a face-face meeting with all tutors (in fact all members) to celebrate surviving COVID-19 by having a hot/cold, brown, white or red beverage of your choice along with a sandwich and/or sausage roll.

In conclusion: The Working Group thanks the Tutors for their dedication and perseverance and the volunteers in the IT grouping without whom none of this would have come to pass!! Also for special mention – Ann Gibson and Margaret Byron for maintaining and reporting the myriad changes to course scheduling.

Thanks again to all who made this, in my opinion, a great success!!!!!  WE DID IT!

COVID-19 Working Group

Pam, Diane and Jim