The following are some of the most commonly asked questions we encounter. Please also look at our Policies and Procedures page for more information. If you still have a question, but can’t find the answer on this website – please contact us.
Why are we still meeting on Zoom, and when will we return to in-person lectures?
Decisions and plans for the Fall 2021-Winter 2022 season had to be made many months ago, when we were still in COVID-19 shutdown. It was unclear then how things would unfold, and the safest decision was to stay with Zoom lectures for the time being.

TALG hopes to return to in-person lectures, but we will need to consider our own procedures and the safety of our audience, the preferences of lecturers, and also whatever restrictions are put in place by meeting venues. We will share further information with you about this, as soon as decisions are made.
Is the lecture format the same on Zoom, as when we met in person?
The lecture format is the same – each lecture series consists of 8 lectures delivered over eight Wednesdays, either in the morning (10am-noon) or the afternoon (1:30-3:30pm). We have 2 lecture series in the fall (mid September to early November) and 2 more in the winter (January to mid-March). While we are using Zoom, registration is for full series only; we cannot offer attendance at individual lectures.

During a lecture, you will only see the lecturer and his/her presentation on your screen – you will not see other participants. The lecture runs for the first hour, then we take a 5-10 minute break, and come back for the Q & A session (participants enter their questions via the Q & A feature on Zoom).
I’m having trouble with Zoom technology – how can I get help?

Since switching from in-person to online meetings, TALG has partnered with Canadian Webinar Solutions (CWS) to ensure that lectures are delivered smoothly via Zoom, and that expert IT support is available. Please contact support@webinarsolutions.ca at any point, if you need help.

You will need high-speed internet to participate in the Zoom lectures, but the Zoom application is free to download.

Once registered, you will receive two emails from CWS each week, containing the link to the Zoom lecture you registered for. If you signed up for both series, you will receive separate emails for each lecture. (If you registered but don’t receive these emails, please contact info@talg.ca.) Click on the link in the email, and the Zoom program should open. Look for the wording “Join Zoom Meeting”, hover your mouse over the https line and click. There is a support person on hand, during lectures, to provide technological support as needed – just type a message via the Chat feature on Zoom.

Does TALG have policies for dealing with cancellations, etc?

Yes, our Policies and Procedures page lists how we handle such issues. These policies and procedures have evolved over time, in an effort to deal with situations consistently and fairly.

What does Third Age Learning mean?
‘Third Age’ refers to the stage of life when one is no longer busy with a career and/or raising a family – a time when we can enjoy learning for its own sake. The Third Age Learning movement started in France in the 1970s; there are now organizations in many countries and communities. Third Age Learning Guelph started in 1988. While geared to those 55 and over, we have no set age or educational requirements. All adults with an interest in lifelong learning are welcome!
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How do you determine lecture series topics?

TALG’s Program Committee conducts an annual survey with registrants to determine current topics of interest. The committee also considers what topics have been covered in past years, and has access to suggested speakers lists through the Third Age Network of Ontario. If you have a suggestion for a topic or speaker, we’d love to hear it – please get in touch!

How do I get information about future lectures?

Everyone who subscribes to our Mailing List via this website, or has previously registered for a lecture series, will be notified about upcoming lecture series. Your information is never shared with other groups, and you can unsubscribe at any time. Please also watch this website for updates.

I want to register for a lecture series, but I don’t have a PayPal account – is there another way?

TALG uses PayPal to ensure safe payments online, through major credit cards – but you can use the service as a guest, without having a PayPal account. Please check this website for registration dates, and follow the directions on our Registration page. Your emailed receipt from PayPal is your confirmation; TALG does not issue a separate confirmation. If you have difficulties or concerns, please contact us at info@talg.ca.

I have to miss a lecture. Are there recordings of lectures I can view later?

We do not record lectures or post lecture content, due to copyright and intellectual property concerns. Our lecture dates and details are posted in advance of registration, we hope you’ll check your availability and mark the dates in your calendars.

How can I enquire about volunteering with TALG?

TALG is completely volunteer-run, and we’re always pleased to welcome new volunteers. We are a “working Board”, setting policy and direction and carrying out the various tasks involved. If you are interested, please contact us – and let us know if you have skills/experience in any aspect of our work (i.e., speaker identification, programming, online technology, finance, publicity, registration).

What does TALG do with lecture fees income?

As a nonprofit and volunteer-run organization, TALG is committed to making the cost very affordable. Your $50-per-person lecture fees are our only source of income. This covers various administrative costs, speakers’ fees, and either the rental of our meeting venue, or the services of an IT company to ensure smooth online lecture delivery. 

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TALG welcomes your enquiries, input and feedback! We’d love to hear from you, whether you have a question, a great topic or speaker to suggest, or are interested in volunteering.

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