The basis of our programs is peer learning/peer teaching which is sharing with others what you know or discover about a subject. There are no competitions, no grades, no exams – just an opportunity to learn together in a friendly environment.
The SLR program has four major components:
Sessions are offered during the fall, winter and spring. Study Groups generally meet once a week for two hours during either morning or afternoon over an eight or ten week period. A variety of topics are offered each term, ranging from current events to history, the arts, sciences, politics, philosophy, geography and more – whatever interests our members. Participants select a course from those offered. Each member of the group makes a presentation of approximately 20 minutes on a subject relevant to the course topic followed by an open discussion among group members. SLR provides several support systems for participants who would like assistance in selecting topics and/or making their presentation (see “Resources”, listed at the foot of the Courses Page).
New Members are welcome to audit their first SLR study group without giving a presentation. They are asked to participate fully in the discussion period and pay the full fee.
A maximum of two new members are welcomed to enroll in an already-full study group course. They would pay full fees and join in the discussion, but would not be able to give a presentation.
Each course has a volunteer moderator. Groups meet once each week for 2 hours and there are usually two presentations at each meeting.
Here the emphasis is on learning by doing. Participants meet to pursue a common interest and develop/improve their skills in a hands-on or less formal manner. Examples are: art, recorder, writing and photography sessions, round-table discussions and debates, and Craft ‘n Chat. Each of these groups are peer-led by an SLR member who has some expertise or skill in the subject.
These events provide opportunities for members from all groups to get together for a social outing. They may include luncheons, nature walks, theatre outings and field trips.
Community Outreach provides our members with a volunteer opportunity to share their presentations at retirement homes in the London area.
“The energy of the mind is the essence of life.” – Aristotle