Guidelines for U3As – Discussion and Book Groups; Men’s sheds; Personal History et al..

editor | | Saturday, October 31st, 2009

Set of four course guidelines Download

Papers presented to a U3A-ACT Conference in 2007 outlining methods of presentation and other strategies employed when delivering the following courses.

* Convening a history course
* An approach to presenting a course in classical music
* Managing a weekly book group
* Presenting Chaucer: the road to Canterbury.

Setting up and conducting a Discussion Group — the “Friday Forum” Download

The highly successful “Friday Forum” format, developed by Shirley Beaver of Northern Rivers (Lismore) U3A, has been described by one participant as “not only an intellectual exercise, and one that keeps us alert, in touch and open-minded but also a valuable social event”. These notes explain the rationale on which it is based and provide a step-by-step guide to conducting the sessions.

Setting up and conducting “Coffee and Chat” Download

Guidelines for establishing an informal “drop-in” activity — a service to members which also has some valuable “spin-offs” not the least of which is helping identify potential group leaders!

Setting up a Men’s Shed Download

So you’d like to set up a Men’s Shed and want to know where to start, or perhaps you’d like to chat with others who are already operating one? Here you are referred to the experts. Contact details are provided.

Setting up and conducting a personal history group Download

A step-by-step guide to conducting a personal history group. A set of “memory triggers” are included.

Guidelines for Setting up and Conducting a Reading Group or Book Club Download

* Setting up
o how will members be recruited?
o How many members should the group have?
o Where will it meet and when?
* The first meeting
o some suggested “ice-breakers” to get people interacting and talking.
* What kind of books will the group read?
o How will they be chosen?
* Guidelines for discussion of a book, including “trigger questions”.
* Using your local library.
* Contact details for hire of multiple copies of a title.

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