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Summer Online Classes

Following on from the successful trial of online classes in April, we are delighted to advise that the Summer Programme Online 2020 will go live for booking on Monday the 8th of June, with classes commencing from 6th of July.

With the help of our expert tutors, we have developed over 60 online classes to help keep you busy during July and August and you can choose from a variety of subjects including;

  • Languages – from Italian, Spanish, Catalan, German, French to Russian
  • Creative Art – from Beginners Drawing to IPad Art
  • Health and Wellbeing – including ‘Moving from Chaos to Calm'
  • More new classes for 2020 – including Online Chinese Cookery

The full range of classes including days, times and descriptions can be viewed online by visiting our online catalogue this week, to allow you time to browse through our exciting choice of online learning this summer! 

'I was surprised how 'real' it felt. I was at home and locked down but it felt like I had been out for a while and the lift lasted all day'. CLL Online Student. 


We understand some students may be unsure about learning online or have lots of questions about whether it is right for them. To address this, we have put together some typical queries and answers below:

I’ve never taken part in online learning before, how IT savvy do I need to be?

Not very, you will need access to a computer, tablet or smartphone. A desktop or laptop PC or Mac with a built in webcam is ideal as it will allow you to see all your fellow students at the one time (you may also wish to use a set of headphones/earbuds). If you are using a mobile device (e.g. tablet or phone) you will need to download the Zoom app first. Zoom is the platform we are using to deliver these classes. If you are using a phone you will only be able to see one person at a time. It is easy to navigate and use. We are finding that many people are using it to communicate with friends and family and for a host of other reasons – you may even have already have used it.

Please note: you do NOT need to sign up to a Zoom account, the University has invested in this as the means of online delivery and as such is the owner of the access to Zoom. Access to the Zoom lessons will be automatic. If you plan on using a tablet or phone for the classes, you need only download the free Zoom app.

Can I try it out before the class starts?

Yes! A Zoom tutorial will be made available to those who have booked onto a class. There will also be 'drop-in' sessions where you can test your home equipment is working before the class starts. More details of these sessions for the Summer Programme will be provided in due course.

What if I can’t get it to work?

Given that we realise this will be new to a lot of our students, if you are unable to get up and running with Zoom, we will refund your fee in full.

How will classes ‘look’?

Teaching will be ‘live’ and classes will be offered at a set day and time each week, just like in CLL. You login at the designated class time and you will see your fellow students and your tutor on screen.

Why are classes shorter than face-to-face sessions?

Feedback from tutors suggests that our usual 2 hour class format is too long for online delivery so we have shortened the majority of classes to 1.5 hours (with a short comfort break) and some others to one hour at a time. The details of the length of each class will be available via MyCLL.

Can I ask questions?

Of course, it wouldn’t be a CLL class without this! The classes are designed to be fully interactive and you can ask questions of the tutor and they of you – just like you are all in the same room. You can even put up your virtual hand!

How many people will be in my class?

We intend to keep numbers small, but the number of places available in each class will vary based on the nature of the class. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. If the class is full, please ensure that you sign up for email alerts on that class and we will contact you if and when further places or additional sessions become available.

What about other resources?

Tutors may wish to post pre-class reading materials, extra resources and weblinks for you to enjoy. Details of this will be explained in emailed instructions sent once we know the class will run.

How do I book?

The Summer Programme Online will go live for bookings on Monday the 8th of June

In the meantime, the full range of classes including days, times and descriptions can be viewed online by visiting our online catalogue here: https://mycll.strath.ac.uk/

How can I contact CLL?

The CLL Team are currently working from their respective homes and we have a rota system in operation to answer calls. The number to dial is 0141 548 2116 but please be aware that we are unable to handle our usual call volume as there is only one person staffing that line at any one time.

Our preference is for you to email any questions to learn-cll@strath.ac.uk. One of the team will get back to you as quickly as possible.