u3a - Ideas to Keep Learning - 2

Have you tried all the ideas we posted last week? Here’s some more of our members' ideas and advice on how to keep learning and stay active


  • Exchange book reviews via emails or arrange to all watch the same film or documentary at the same time and exchange views afterwards via a teleconference system such as WhyPay or Zoom – we have how to guidance coming in the next few days -keep checking the website.
  • If your interest group covers geography, travel or places of interest, try choosing a different area or aspect of the country to study and then exchange written information on what you have found vis email or letter.
  • Use your U3A website to set up your own blog to share ideas locally about how to continue to hold your interest groups. Alternatively, post your learning stories on the Sources online blog
  • Members of nature related groups could take photos or birds, animals, flowers or plants spotted on walks and share and discuss with their groups online.
    Set up a bulletin board online using Google Docs and then all follow a MOOC or other online course together, setting weekly or fortnightly targets and using the comments and questions etc. within the MOOCS for discussion.
    • Have you considered yoga? Benefits include keeping supple, keeping strong and relaxing mentally. Keep checking back to this website and we will shortly be publishing some yoga poses for people to try, courtesy of the Yoga Subject Adviser. We are also hoping to link to online footage or to stream a session. Barnet U3A is using videoconferencing, including Zoom, to hold Pilates and other exercise groups with members all participating from their own homes.
  • You may like to join in the U3A Diary project email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (read more about the Diary Project here) or to collate pictures, diaries, and other materials from this period to make a make a record and part of a time capsule, and then plant it under a new tree on U3A Day.
  • Language groups could use the time to work in pairs to send each other short stories to translate. One Egyptology group is considering trying this with hieroglyphics!
  • Many games have online versions that groups could use to practice remotely. Use Four Winds to play a version of Mahjong at home – find instructions on how to play and other resources at the Mahjong Subject Advice page. Or for bridge, U3A bridge members can sign up for the three month free access by using this link www.nofearbridge.co.uk/U3A. Find more information on Bridge on the Subject Adviser for Bridge page.
  • Some groups are writing “talks” and putting them out as emails, rather like a chapter in a book.
  • Finally, Ilkley and district U3A are asking members to volunteer to act as ‘U3A Buddies’ to anyone who doesn’t use the internet, to keep them informed of developments.

The movement is keeping up to date and in touch with each other by signing up to the national newsletter - so if you can use email please sign up here and join us in the conversation.

Thanks we will keep putting up Keep Learning Idea updates as we collect them – so keep them coming and keep checking the website.