U3A computer classes are a popular choice for beginners
MORE older Australians are embracing technology, a trend reflected in the growing popularity of U3A's computer courses.
On a recent afternoon I had the pleasure of sitting in on an android tablet class conducted by Mr Jeff Martens in Toowoomba.
When I asked the students their reasons for signing up for the course, the list of answers was varied, ranging from keeping up with their grandchildren, curiosity, the desire to learn something new and wanting to make the most of their devices.
Another strong push factor was acknowledging that with so many services and resources now going on-line, it was either keep up or get left behind.
When summing up his students' motivations, Mr Martens said some students feel guilty they are being left behind in this technological age.
"Some are given a smartphone or tablet as a gift. Some see friends using them and they see how useful these devices can be for keeping in touch with relatives and friends," he said.
By far, though, the biggest plus from the perspective of students, is the collaborative nature of the learning that takes place.
Being able to compare notes with peers, learn from others' experiences and share one's own discoveries adds to the enjoyment of the classes.
Computer courses are held at various times throughout the term and classes are scheduled on numerous days.
Some of the areas addressed by the computer courses include Android Smart phones, Sketchup, Apple Mac, Excel, Internet Basics, Apple iPad and PowerPoint.
For more information on U3A's computer courses, visit http://www.u3aqld.org.au.