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Does your OLLI offer online courses?

Posted on December 3rd, 2012 by Anne Cardale, OLLI National Resource Center

Connie Hodgson, OLLI at the University of North Dakota, Asks OLLI:

Our mission has always been to make our OLLI accessible to all who wish to be involved. OLLI@UND is located on the far east side of the (rural) state with only one other site on the west side of the state. We believe offering online courses will give our OLLI increased visibility throughout the state, more adults can become involved, and hopefully that involvement will lead us to locations where we need to add additional sites. I would appreciate any and all guidance regarding online offerings for our OLLI members.

OLLI and civic engagement opportunities

Posted on November 1st, 2012 by Anne Cardale, OLLI National Resource Center

Barbara White, OLLI at California State University Long Beach, Asks OLLI:

Does your OLLI offer a volunteer program or have an established curriculum of community civic engagement for your members? If so:

  • How did you establish the program?
  • How did you connect with the site or sites for volunteering?
  • How do you recruit OLLI members to participate?

Emeritus and retired faculty

Posted on September 20th, 2012 by Anne Cardale, OLLI National Resource Center

Kathleen Dorn, OLLI at the University of Arkansas, Asks OLLI:

How do you recruit emeritus or retired faculty to become involved with your OLLI?

Does your OLLI offer computer courses?

Posted on July 30th, 2012 by Anne Cardale, OLLI National Resource Center

Dee Aguilar, OLLI at University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Asks OLLI:

If your OLLI offers computer courses, please help us by answering the following questions:

a. Who develops/provides the course curriculum?
b. Are courses taught by member volunteers?
c. How do you recruit volunteers?
d. Who trains volunteers to teach these courses?
e. How challenging is it to keep the volunteers?

May we contact you with additional questions?

How do you define a special event versus a course?

Posted on January 27th, 2012 by Anne Cardale, OLLI National Resource Center

Dee Aguilar, OLLI at University of Nebraska, Lincoln, asks OLLI:

How do you define a special event versus a course? We are seeking clarification on the distinction between a special event and a course and would like input from other OLLIs.

Do you have a course evaluation form to share?

Posted on November 21st, 2011 by Anne Cardale, OLLI National Resource Center

Jacqueline Gratz, OLLI at Towson University, Asks OLLI:

Do you have a course evaluation form to share? Our curriculum committee is revising its course evaluation form. While we have looked at the examples posted on osher.net, it would be helpful to have additional samples of evaluation forms from other OLLIs.  If you use an evaluation form, and are willing to share it, please email it as an attachment to Kyle Allen at the National Resource Center, kallen@usm.maine.edu, and it will be added to the Institute Management Resources on osher.net.

What criteria does your OLLI use to accept/decline new course proposals?

Posted on November 1st, 2011 by Anne Cardale, OLLI National Resource Center

What criteria does your OLLI use to accept/decline new course proposals?

Sally Klein, OLLI at Southern Oregon University, Asks OLLI:

What criteria does your OLLI use to accept/decline new course proposals? Our Curriculum Committee reviews all new course proposals and is starting to decline some proposals. We are wondering what criteria other OLLIs use for this process.

Does your OLLI offer classes using “The Great Courses” as an accompaniment”?

Posted on October 4th, 2011 by Anne Cardale, OLLI National Resource Center

Connie Hodgson, OLLI at the University of North Dakota, Asks OLLI:

Does your OLLI offer classes using “The Great Courses” as an accompaniment? If so, what did you charge as a fee?

Does your OLLI post class content online?

Posted on July 12th, 2011 by Anne Cardale, OLLI National Resource Center

Katherine Sangster, OLLI at the University of Texas, Austin, Asks OLLI:

Does your OLLI post class content online? At this time our OLLI does not, and I’m interested hearing from OLLIs that post traditional class content online in the form of podcasts, videos, streaming, interactive content, etc. Any information would be appreciated: the rationale, the logistics, how the content is determined, permissions from the presenters, who accesses OLLI online, how it is funded. We want to explore opportunities to enhance what we offer members, while supporting the primary goal of learning in community.

Is your OLLI offering a meteorology or climatology class?

Posted on June 1st, 2011 by Anne Cardale, OLLI National Resource Center

Maralie BeLonge, OLLI at the University of New Mexico, Asks OLLI:

Is your OLLI offering a meteorology or climatology class? If so, would you share the course description and/or syllabus? If you would, you can paste the course description in your Ask OLLI reply and/or email a syllabus to kallen@usm.maine.edu.

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