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Creative class ideas: OLLIs and Museums?

Posted on October 16th, 2013 by Anne Cardale, OLLI National Resource Center

Michelle Bennett, OLLI at Indiana State University, Asks OLLI:

My OLLI at Indiana State University was able to take part in the recent video conference class with the Smithsonian Museum. It was an amazing experience and we asked ourselves the question why should it stop there?

Does your OLLI have contact with any other museums? Do you have any recommendations you are willing to share?

Would your OLLI like to partner with OLLI at Indiana State to set up a class with a museum?

Does your OLLI have an organizational strategic plan?

Posted on October 16th, 2013 by Anne Cardale, OLLI National Resource Center

Maxine L. Doherty, OLLI at the University of Alabama, Huntsville, Asks OLLI:

Does your OLLI have an organizational strategic plan?  If yes, is it posted on your website, or is it otherwise available?  Please contact Bill McAllister at OLLI at UAH with your response at billmcallister94@gmail.com.

You are also welcome to send a copy to the OLLI National Resource Center if you would like to add it to the OLLI Materials Library on the OLLI NRC website.

What types of fundraising events does your OLLI do?

Posted on October 16th, 2013 by Anne Cardale, OLLI National Resource Center

Matt Weidman, OLLI at Widener University, Asks OLLI:

What types of fundraising events does your OLLI do, and do you have an annual fundraising goal (monetary) that you try and meet? If so, what is it?

Do you distribute annual evaluations to your membership?

Posted on September 25th, 2013 by Anne Cardale, OLLI National Resource Center

Llana Levine, OLLI at Brandeis University, Asks OLLI:

Does your OLLI distribute annual evaluations of the program (opinions about staff, facilities, price, etc.) to its membership? Do you have a policy about making such evaluations public?

How does your OLLI handle registration for extremely popular “ongoing” classes?

Posted on September 25th, 2013 by Anne Cardale, OLLI National Resource Center

Abbie Lawrence-Jacobson, OLLI at the University of Michigan, Asks OLLI:

How does your OLLI handle registration for extremely popular, full classes that are “ongoing” in nature in that they repeat each term? Such a class may be a writing class, or a discussion group and the participants find they really get to know one another well and form a deep bond.

Do you (a) give preference to the class members who have participated in the class already (thereby continuing to support the “like family/bonded group” nature of the class) and only allow new members in when spots become available? (b) Do you enforce a “first come first served” policy in which everyone, new or longtime members, has an equal shot at getting into the class each term? Or (c) do you have some other solution? Thanks for any input!

Have you gone to entirely online registration? What kind of feedback have you received?

Posted on September 3rd, 2013 by Anne Cardale, OLLI National Resource Center

Matt Weidman, OLLI at Widener University, Asks OLLI:
Have you gone to an entirely online course registration system at your Osher Institute that only permits your members to select courses online? If so, what type of feedback (both good and bad) have you received from your members?

Do you have a writing program at your OLLI? Do you produce an anthology of the work of your writers?

Posted on August 30th, 2013 by Anne Cardale, OLLI National Resource Center

Linda Shook, OLLI at Auburn University Asks OLLI:

Do you have a writing program at your OLLI? Do you produce an anthology of the work of your writers? If you do:
How do you conduct manuscript selection for inclusion?  Have you tried (with or without success) to obtain ISSNs for your anthologies? Have you ever collaborated with another OLLI program to produce a combined anthology?

Have you used Khan Academy at your OLLI?

Posted on August 28th, 2013 by Anne Cardale, OLLI National Resource Center

Cathy House, OLLI at the University of Utah, Asks OLLI: Have you used Khan Academy at your OLLI?

Have you experience of using the Khan Academy or similar learning models at your Osher Institute? What have you done, how was it set up and run, what have been the successes and challenges?

Do you offer courses related to preparing for retirement?

Posted on August 23rd, 2013 by Anne Cardale, OLLI National Resource Center

Janie Spencer, OLLI at The University of Montana , Asks OLLI: Do you offer courses related to preparing for retirement?

Does your OLLI offer courses or a series of courses related to preparing for retirement – a sort of road map … including but not limited to the areas of financial literacy, health care, and legal issues?

Is your OLLI using video conferencing equipment?

Posted on July 11th, 2013 by Anne Cardale, OLLI National Resource Center

John Woods, OLLI at George Mason, Asks OLLI: Is your OLLI using video conferencing equipment?

OLLI at George Mason has purchased a video conferencing system to be used for classes and is also planning to use it for staff meetings as we have both volunteer coordinators and program people at our three sites as well as part-time staff at our remote sites.

Do you have any videoconferencing tips to share with OLLI at GMU? How are you using your videoconferencing system? Have you used it for staff meetings or committee meetings? Courses? Presentations? Communications or sharing classes between OLLIs?

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