Free Summer Online Classes

Phone: 207-621-3551

Love to teach? Bring your favorite topic to Zoom!

You do not need to be a techie! We want to encourage you and show you how easy presenting on Zoom can be. We’re still looking for fall classes/instructors. You can teach a class, lead a discussion, forum, or lecture. By using Zoom video conferencing, we can continue to keep our Senior College community connected and engaged!

The Maine Senior College Network (MSCN) offers classes specifically designed for instructors. They teach advanced hosting and many useful techniques, such as how to use the chat and mute features. You will also learn how to incorporate your PowerPoint presentations using screen sharing. You need not be committed. You can use the class to help you decide if you would like to teach a class using Zoom. You might also want to register for one of our summer lectures to see just how easy it is to teach on Zoom.

The UMA Senior College office volunteers are also available to provide individual assistance. If you would like more information about teaching a Senior College class on Zoom, contact the UMASC office at or leave a voicemail at 207-621-3551.

Private Zoom Tutors Available

If you need a little assistance logging on to Zoom, click the "Yes You Can!" button, at left, to go to our help page. We'll set up a Zoom meeting, get you on the phone, and help you log in and use Zoom. A private lesson! But there's more than Zoom to learn about. The help page will also assist beginners with the new UMASC forum and with "How To" videos on using the website generally. 

“Social connection is the greatest human need after food and shelter. It predicts psychological health, physical health, recovery from disease, and longevity — it has a huge impact on our well-being.”

“The good news is that since social connection is subjective, it has nothing to do with how many friends you have or how much contact you have with people. All that matters is your perception, which you can shape by engaging in uplifting activities that help you feel closer to others.”

With the above concepts in mind, the office staff has transitioned the Senior College website to a more interactive, participatory venue, including easy access to:

Summer Online Classes,
Discussion forums, and
Tutorial guidance for both.

A website that promotes our campus activities is meaningless when campus is closed. For a while, at least, perhaps a long while, this shift is necessary, though it is not what anyone wanted. After all, a major benefit of Senior College is to get out of the house, away from screens, and associate with real people. But mothered by necessity, an online alternative is, for many, far better than nothing.  We hope that our community of students and instructors will benefit from these new tools. Who knows? Some of them may even come in handy, combined with campus activities, once the campus is reopened!

Quote citation: 5 Games to Play on Video Chat During Quarantine by Micaela Marini Higgs, New York Times • Published April 23, 2020

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