We're helping Oakville residents keep engaged and active with some of your favourite program instructors – virtually. Browse our online classes, including drop-in fitness and 50+ programs, or revisit some of our previous livestreams on the Town of Oakville YouTube Channel.
Without Walls (WOW) is a series of free 30 to 60-minute multi-person phone conversations covering various topics, like Travel Talk with George, Vision Health and Wellness, and more.
You do not need to be a member of Oakville Seniors Services to participate. And no special equipment is needed, just a telephone.
Check out the Without Walls program calendar and pre-register for your preferred day(s) now. When offered, morning sessions start at 10 a.m. and afternoon sessions on Mondays start at 1:30 p.m.Without Walls calendar and details
Although no virtual program can replace in-person interactions, Zoom is a good video conferencing tool that connects people together remotely and is very easy to use.
It is common for video conferences to be delayed or get interrupted due to technical snags. To prevent this, turn on your device and check if Zoom is working correctly, also testing your video and audio, about 10 minutes before the scheduled start of the class.
For the best streaming experience, close any unneeded applications on your device and avoid activities (e.g. streaming video elsewhere, etc.) that share your internet connection as this will slow things down.
If needed, you can get assistance directly from Zoom Support.
Tech Boomers is a free website with helpful tips for beginners using Zoom, Netflix, and more.
Once you have started or joined a meeting, move your mouse in the Zoom window to display the meeting controls. Depending on your device and/or settings, it may be located at the top or bottom of the screen.
The Microphone icon with a red slash means your microphone is on mute. Without the slash, everyone can hear you (and anyone or anything else in your immediate area).
Please make sure to mute your microphone when you are not speaking to avoid audio interference.
The Start Video icon with a red slash means that your video is off. Depending on the program, you might not benefit from the class as much as you could if your camera is turned off.
The Stop Video icon means that your video is on.
These tips can help improve your camera and video use:
Want to ask a question or make a comment during the class? There are two ways to do this:
Speaker View shows the speaker in one large box with the remaining participants in a row above it.
Gallery View shows all participants in the same size in a grid. The current speaker is outlined in green.
You can switch between views by clicking on the icon at the top of your screen.
You can also click on the ellipses, which looks like three dots (...), in your picture to start/stop your video, mute/unmute your audio, and rename your image.
Click on the Leave Meeting icon in the toolbar when you are ready to exit the class.
Before using Zoom, or any similar application, please test your camera and microphone.
Please be courteous and refer to our Best Practices tab for more information about using your camera and microphone during our Zoom sessions.
You can choose whether or not to use your microphone and/or camera but you might not benefit fully if you don’t, at least, activate your microphone.
The Town of Oakville records our free virtual programs to post on YouTube for residents to enjoy at a later date. Those enabling their video camera during these sessions may be recorded.
We will not be recording the registered virtual programs sessions. However, due to the nature of this technology, there is a chance that other participants (or the Zoom provider) might record your voice or streamed image without your knowledge
Zoom, as a vendor, is located in the United States and your data may end up in that jurisdiction.
The Town of Oakville collects only your name and email address under the authority of the Municipal Act, 2001, for the purposes of administering and providing you virtual classes of your choice. Questions about this collection should be directed to the Manager of Support Services.
If you have any concerns about participating in our virtual recreation and culture programs, please register for an in-person course when they are offered.
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