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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?

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?

Does your OLLI use TED Talks?

Posted on May 10th, 2013 by Anne Cardale, OLLI National Resource Center

Terry Aaronson, OLLI at Florida State University, Asks OLLI:

Does your OLLI offer any classes designed around TED talks - and if so, how is it presented?

Does your OLLI offer peer led discussion courses?

Posted on April 24th, 2013 by Anne Cardale, OLLI National Resource Center

Chris Elliott, OLLI at the University of Oklahoma, Asks OLLI:

Does your OLLI offer peer led discussion courses? If so, what worked with peer led discussions, and what didn’t? Did the leaders choose the topics or did the members?

Has your OLLI offered courses in holistic health and wellness?

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

Beth Leconte, OLLI at the University of Rhode Island, Asks OLLI:

Has your OLLI offered courses in holistic health and wellness such as yoga, meditation, chakras, drumming, or mindful drawing? If yes, have they been successful?

What is your experience with offering online learning?

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

Cathy House, OLLI at the University of Utah, Asks OLLI:

As a follow up to the December 2012 Ask OLLI post about online courses, what is your experience with offering online learning to OLLI members?

Does your OLLI’s curriculum committee use a planning timeline?

Posted on March 26th, 2013 by Anne Cardale, OLLI National Resource Center

Katie Helms, OLLI at University of Arkansas, Asks OLLI:

Does your OLLI’s curriculum committee use a planning timeline? I am looking for a planning timeline that can help frame what the committee needs to be doing as well as how far in advance.

Documents may be emailed to Kyle at the National Resource Center, kallen@usm.maine.edu.

OLLI and opportunites for host-institute graduate students

Posted on December 5th, 2012 by Anne Cardale, OLLI National Resource Center

Maxine Doherty, OLLI at The University of Alabama Huntsville, Asks OLLI:

Does your OLLI offer opportunities for host-university graduate students to propose, prepare, and teach short courses/give lectures for OLLI members? If so, what criteria do you use to select the graduate students? Do you provide guidelines for submission of course proposals? If so, would you be willing to share the guidelines? Do you offer stipends or some form of remuneration to the graduate students selected? If so, is the remuneration on a “flat-rate” or number of hours taught basis?

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