OUR CLASS MIX
We currently have over 160 face-to-face classes in our City Campus and district venues. We also have many active classes employing various Remote Learning methods, e.g. email, discussion groups, including over 50 Online Classes using Zoom videoconferencing. Congratulations to both tutors and members who have embraced the new learning opportunities.
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U3A is the University of the Third Age, which is the age of active retirement, coming after the age of youth and work and home making. University is a loose term - there are no academic requirements for membership and no exams.
U3A is a worldwide self-help organisation promoting learning for personal enjoyment and wellbeing. Keeping the brain active, doing interesting things and making new friends are essential for helping older people to maximise their chances of independence, and this is what U3A does very effectively. U3A is making a very substantial contribution to society by helping its members to remain healthy and active for longer.
U3A Brisbane is one of many similar U3A organisations in Australia. Formed in 1986, we are a totally volunteer organisation, and provide leisure and educational courses to local seniors. We have over 3000 members and offer more than 220 courses each term, all of these at a low cost.
Our City Campus classes are held at our own premises at 97 Creek Street Brisbane, and in leased rooms nearby at 232 Adelaide St Brisbane, just a short walk from bus, train or ferry. Other City Precinct classes are held at various locations in the CBD.
We also have classes in surrounding suburbs and districts - in Logan (our largest district outside the city), Southside, Northside, Westside and Wynnum.
See the Class Search page for information on all current classes, and our How to Join page for information about joining U3A Brisbane.
HOW WE OPERATE
To attend our classes, you must first become a member. Membership is for a calendar year and costs $40 per annum. You can then enrol in classes via the Class Search page. District (suburban) classes are generally free of charge, but our City Campus classes require an upfront fee for the term. There are 4 terms per year based on Qld school terms. For more information see our How to Join page.
SPECIAL ONLINE EVENTS IN AUGUST
Scam awareness and online safety - Keir Tierney, nbn Community Ambassador Qld
Date: Wednesday 17th August 2022, 11:00am-12:30pm
Join us and Keir Tierney from NBN to find out how to protect yourself and your private information from scammers. Anyone can fall victim to a scam because scammers are professional criminals.
This session will help to educate people about the types of tricks and scams being used and how to avoid common traps. The talk will cover online and phone scams, password management, social media safety and also digital legacy considerations. Keir will brief us on cyber safety and security, specifically on identifying scams that are becoming more and more sophisticated and devious. The scammer’s objective is to extract personal data that can be used to their financial advantage.
The session will also discuss your “digital legacy”. You can help your loved ones by planning what will happen to your digital presence after you pass away. We accumulate a lot of assets throughout our lives. Most people ensure that their precious items like houses, cars, finances and possessions are left to children and loved ones via a will. But, even though it may be our most enduring legacy, few of us actually spend time planning for our digital presence after we die.
Age-related Macular Degeneration - Macular Disease Foundation Australia
Date: Wednesday 31st August 2022, 11:00am-12:30pm
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of blindness in Australia. 1 in 7 Australians over the age of 50 have some sign of the disease.
Book Here for either of the above Events
In this session, you will learn:
• What AMD is
• How to identify your risk factors
• How you can control your risk factors
• What signs and symptoms to look out for
• How to reduce your risk or slow progression through lifestyle and nutritional changes.
TERM 3 CLASSES
Class Schedule for Term 3 2022 is now available and enrolments are open. Term 3 started on Monday 11th July.
To join a new class, enrol through the Class Search page by clicking on the Enrol button, or contact the tutor directly by email or phone. If you book online you may assume your enrolment is accepted unless the tutor advises otherwise.
If you are currently enrolled in a Term 2 class that you wish to continue attending in Term 3, you can use the Member Dashboard to re-enrol.
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2022 Term dates:
|| 24th January
|| 1st April
|| 19th April
|| 24th June
|| 11th July
|| 16th September
|| 4th October
|| 9th December
U3A Brisbane now has a Discussion Forum, mainly intended for members to discuss class content with each other. In order to access the forum, members who have not otherwise registered a password as Tutor or staff Volunteer need to firstly:
Register a username and password via Website Registration. Make sure you respond to the security email otherwise the password won't be registered. If you ever forget your password, you can re-set it via the same process.
Once you have a username and password:
1. Login via the login window at top right of home page.
2. Go to Members menu that will then show on the right and select Discussion Forum.
Tutors may request a new forum category for their class. See Discussion Forum explanatory page for more information.
We are recommending Zoom videoconferencing to tutors who do not wish to conduct face-to-face classes. Many tutors are successfully running their classes online at present. This facility will not be appropriate to all classes but should suit those classes where presentations are typically made. It is very easy to use and we encourage all members to join these sessions online when invited by the tutor.
Zoom - Student Instructions
Zoom - Tutor Instructions
Email Discussion Groups
U3A Brisbane is also recommending that tutors consider setting up an Email Discussion Group. This enables class members to join the group for interactive discussion.
Discussion Group Instructions (for tutors)
Acknowledgement of Country
In the spirit of reconciliation, U3A Brisbane (the inner city area is traditionally known as Meanjin) would like to acknowledge the Turrbal and Yuggera peoples, the Traditional Custodians of Country and their connection to land, sea and community. U3A extends this acknowledgement to all Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia. We pay our respect to their Elders past, present and emerging and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.