With restrictions from the Province and Peel Public Health related to COVID-19, it will not be possible to offer in-person lectures that comply with the constantly evolving regulations for physical distancing.
LLM has decided to offer virtual lectures for Fall 2020, using the Zoom platform. We are confident that this will work well as other later life learning groups are already using this platform with great success.
You may be familiar with Zoom from using it for face-to-face meetings with family, friends and colleagues during the pandemic. Those of you who have not tried Zoom will find it easy to access and very user friendly. We encourage you to go to the Zoom website (www.zoom.us) and view some of the introductory videos that will help you get started using your computer, tablet or smartphone.
While we are adopting this format out of necessity, this new Zoom platform provides a learning opportunity for participants to enjoy continued lifelong learning.
If you do not have the technology to use Zoom and are not interested in acquiring the necessary equipment, you may still participate if you get together with a friend in your bubble and share their setup. Communication with participants in the past has been through the LLM Gmail account or Eventbrite. As we develop our virtual fall lectures, you will also receive some emails from Lifelong Learning Mississauga created by one of our volunteers.
LLM will offer two lecture series in the fall of 2020.
Tuesdays, October 6 to November 24 at 10:00 a.m.
Ian Greene, Ethics in Politics: Oxymoron or Necessity?
Thursdays, October 8 to November 26 at 10:00 a.m.
Peter Harris, The 1960s – From Berkeley to Berlin
The outlines of the two fall 2020 lecture series can now be viewed on
the LLM website, www.lifelong-learning-mississauga.com.
In the coming weeks LLM will be testing the platform and we will put updates on our website www.lifelong-learning-mississauga.com. We are hoping by September 1 we will have a link on the website that will take you to Eventbrite to register, just as you have done for previous in-person lectures.
Closer to the time of the lecture series, we will make specific instructions for participating in the lectures available on the LLM website. Your home technology is your responsibility and we do not have a large enough team to help you with that, but you will find the introductory videos on the Zoom website most helpful in answering your questions.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Will I be able to see other participants?
A: Webinars allow participants to see the moderator and the presenter but not other participants. Participants’ audio and video will be turned off.
Q: Will I be able to ask questions of the speaker?
A: With the Zoom webinar format, you will be able to use the Q&A function. Your questions will be answered at an appropriate time, probably immediately following the lecture.
Q: What will be the cost of the lectures?
A: The cost will be $40 for each series of eight lectures but for one person per household only, which means a couple will pay one $40 registration rather than two. Registration will be online through Eventbrite only. There will be no refunds.
Q: Can the lectures be taped or recorded for viewing at a later time?
A: We are not granting permission for lectures to be taped or recorded and ask that you respect this decision.
Q: Will the lectures also be virtual during Spring 2021?
A: At this time, we are planning for Fall 2020 only. We will be reviewing the effectiveness of this type of event and looking at all options.
Please feel free to contact an LLM volunteer at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have further questions.