. New Courses and One-off Events in Term 3, 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

Holiday Program

 

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 1

Friday 26 June - end Term 2 NOTE: some courses are continuing through the term break

HOLIDAY PROGRAM 

Monday 29 June - Holiday Program begins

Friday 10 July - end Holiday Program

SEMESTER 2

Monday 13 July - Term 3 begins - Classes resume online with Zoom

Saturday 18 July - Saturday Seminar – Writing Historical Biography: a labour of love or a sign of madness

Saturday 15 August - Saturday Seminar - Fishermans Bend in a post COVID world

Friday 18 September - end Term 3

Monday 5 October - Term 4 begins - Classes resume online with Zoom (unless social distancing restrictions are lifted)

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

Friday 4 December - end Term 4

 

. 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

. Port Phillip Writes: Seniors Festival Writing Awards

As part of the Seniors Festival, the City of Port Phillip are once again holding the Port Phillip Writes: Seniors Festival Writing Awards.  

Tell a story…

You can submit fictional stories or poems on any topics, or a non-fiction piece about life in the City of Port 
Phillip, how your life is during the ‘Lock down’ or you could start with the line “Twenty years ago I…” or “Forty years ago I…” or “Sixty years ago I…” or ‘Yesterday…’

Entries must be received by 21 August 

Click here to see the City of Port Phillip flyer for all the information you'll need to submit your entry.

. Friends of Paynesville Library Short Story Competition

The Friends of Paynesville Library have written to invite U3APP Members to submit an entry to their 2020 Short Story Competition.

They write:

"The Friends of Paynesville Library Inc. after much consideration, decided to hold their annual Short Story Competition 2020.  We felt it might  be a nice distraction for those folk who are interested in writing and have been
isolated because of Covid19.

Perhaps you  may not have had time to compose a story before—so now might be the time to sit down, try and take your mind off the woes of the world and let the words flow. Who knows a new career or hobby beckons!

The Friends have a website:  www.friendsofpaynesvillelibrary.com  which has a brochure  that can be downloaded.

We hope you might accept our invitation to write a Short Story and wish you hours of enjoyment thinking up an interesting story.

PLEASE NOTE—stories must be in hard copy. Emails not accepted."

Click here to see further details including an entry form that can be printed.

. 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

. Free Govt Funded Health & Wellness Course

Equip4Life are running a FREE State Government Funded Health & Wellness Education Course - available immediately to U3A Members.  The Course will be run over live Zoom Webinars - and also over the Phone.

The tutors for this Course, which in the past has been run in person, are all University Qualified Dietitians and Exercise Physiologists

Equip4Life has now conducted courses at many U3As since 2012, with over 500 U3A members across Victoria partaking in our evidence-based health seminars over the years. Our Health & Wellness Education Course has now seen over 60,000 Victorians themselves participate, and it is Victoria's largest and most successful Health and Wellness Program to date.

With the latest health information available, and free booklets and literature provided, our members are able to equip themselves with valuable health knowledge for the future ahead. The course is available immediately at no cost!

See the flyer below for more information about the Course and how to register by phone or email. For further information you can visit the Equip4Life Website www.equip4life.com.au

 

. Upgrading to latest version of Zoom

Zoom is constantly being enhanced to include new features and additional security.  To take advantage of these enhancements, your copy of Zoom, which is the Zoom app on your device, needs to be upgraded.  Except for the compulsory  upgrades, for example Zoom will automatically upgrade your Zoom app if it is not the latest version at the time you first use it after 30 May 2020, you must initiate the upgrade yourself.

How to upgrade your copy of Zoom varies from device to device.   If you are using Zoom on multiple devices, you will need to do the upgrade on each device.  Click on the arrow beside your type of device below for the instructions.

PC or Mac desktop or laptop

If you have created a Zoom account (i.e. you have a Zoom sign on userid and password):

  • Click on Zoom
  • Sign in
  • Click your profile picture in the top right (the little coloured square at the top right)
  • Click Check for Updates.
  • If there is a newer version available:
    • the message "update available" is displayed
    • click on Update
  • If you already have the latest version:
    • the message "you are up to date" is displayed

If you do not have a Zoom account:

  • Click on Zoom
  • Click on the cogwheel in the top left (looks a bit like )
  • Click on Version
  • If there is a newer version available:
    • the message "update available" is displayed
    • click on Update
  • If you already have the latest version:
    • the message "Zoom is up to date" is displayed
iPad or iPhone
  • click on App Store
  • click on your profile picture in the top right
  • all the available updates are displayed
  • scroll down and if you see Zoom:
    • click on Update
Android Tablet or Phone
  • click on Play Store
  • click on the menu in the top left (it's 3 small horizontal lines)
  • click on My apps & games
  • all the available updates are displayed
  • scroll down and if you see Zoom:
    • click on Update

 

. Message from U3APP President, Graham Gosling, 17 May 2020

Dear U3APP Members 

I hope this message finds you all well and engaged with all of our online Courses and activities.  Our Tutors and Coordinators continue to do a remarkable job.  Participation rates are well into the 70% range, and the feedback is that everyone has adapted extremely well to this new environment.

Port Phillip Council has advised us that all of its community facilities will remain closed for the foreseeable future, and a reopening will not be considered before the end of June.  I believe that this date is very optimistic, and Members should expect that there is a real possibility that face-to-face classes will nt recommence before August, or later.  Even then there will be significant restrictions in place and other hurdles to be overcome.  Social distancing requirements alone makes it very difficult to accommodate students in any of the class rooms used by U3APP.

In the meantime, please continue to log in through our website to Zoom your respective activities and enjoy the camaraderie of your fellow Members and Tutors.

Stay safe, well and happy.  

Graham Gosling - President U3APP