The University of Strathclyde’s summer Lifelong Learning programme is preparing to get underway, with online teaching amid the pandemic lockdown.
The University’s Centre for Lifelong Learning (CLL) is holding its classes through online meeting platform Zoom and is now taking bookings before teaching starts next month.
A pilot programme to test the new approach proved successful earlier this year. Within 48 hours of the summer programme opening for booking, 650 registrations had already been made - more than at the same stage last year for face-to-face classes.
- More than 60 courses are being offered in subject areas including:
- languages, from Italian, Spanish and Catalan to German, French and Russian
- creative art – from Beginners’ Drawing to IPad Art
- health and wellbeing, including ‘Moving from Chaos to Calm'
- music and singing, in collaboration with Cappella Nova Outreach
- a range of new classes for 2020, including Online Chinese Cookery.
CLL Head Alix McDonald said: “We have been swift to respond to the current situation. These classes are taught live and are designed to keep people engaged with learning and with each other; our aim is to keep the social dimension to learning alive.
“The students who are taking these classes are mostly aged over 50; there are even a few who have been stranded abroad. They are all dispelling the myth about older people not engaging with technology.”
One participant in the pilot programme said: “I was surprised how ‘real’ it felt. I was at home but it felt like I had been out for a while and the lift lasted all day.”
CLL is also providing answers to frequently asked questions on its Summer Programme.