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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?

How does your OLLI submit and calculate volunteer hours?

Posted on June 5th, 2013 by Anne Cardale, OLLI National Resource Center

Terry Aaronson, OLLI at Florida State, Asks OLLI:

How does your OLLI submit and calculate volunteer hours? Do you use an online system?

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?

Do you have a formal leadership development program?

Posted on October 26th, 2012 by Anne Cardale, OLLI National Resource Center

Jeanette Toohey, OLLI at University of North Florida, Asks OLLI:

Do you have a formal leadership development (not succession) program? What plans and processes do you have in place to develop potential leaders?

Training for volunteer instructors on using the internet in classes

Posted on October 23rd, 2012 by Anne Cardale, OLLI National Resource Center

Heather Haslem, OLLI at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Asks OLLI:

Does your OLLI provide any tutorials or training classes/programs designed to instruct volunteer instructors on using the internet in their classes?

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?

Does your OLLI connect members to your host institute’s community service activities?

Posted on July 12th, 2012 by Anne Cardale, OLLI National Resource Center

Judith Bobenage, OLLI at the University of Pittsburgh, Asks OLLI:

Does your OLLI connect members to your host institute’s community service activities? If so, does your OLLI have a course or event to help members explore a volunteer site match?

Does your OLLI have a volunteer historian or archivist?

Posted on October 6th, 2011 by Anne Cardale, OLLI National Resource Center

Doug Fairbanks, OLLI at University of South Florida, Asks OLLI:

Does your OLLI have a volunteer historian or archivist who keeps track of the history of your OLLI? If so, and if you have a job description for that role that you are willing to share, please email it to Kyle Allen, kallen@usm.maine.edu.

What records are you keeping? Does the historian/archivist produce a periodic historical summary kept in the OLLI’s permanent files?

Has your OLLI held a member day of service to the community?

Posted on March 22nd, 2011 by Anne Cardale, OLLI National Resource Center

Elena Marciano, OLLI at University of the Pacific, Asks OLLI:

Has your OLLI held a member day of service to the community?

If so, please briefly describe the project. Was it successful?

How many members participated?  Did any of them have an existing connection with the organization for which the project was done?

Did member volunteers help your staff with the planning?

How far in advance of the project did you start planning?

Does your OLLI publish a newsletter?

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

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

Does your OLLI publish a newsletter? The OLLI at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, has an eight-page tabloid newsletter produced by members volunteering as editor and writers. This is a stellar publication, and members enjoy receiving it. You can see the last edition at http://cehs15.unl.edu/cms/uploads/1-327-Winter2010Insider.pdf. We would like to hear from other OLLIs about their newsletters:

1. What is the purpose of your newsletter?

2. How often is your newsletter published?

3. Who has the responsibility for the production of the newsletter (i.e. staff and/or members)?

4. What is the focus of the newsletter?

5. Is your newsletter and schedule a combined publication?

6. Who compromises the staff of the newsletter?

7. What are the steps to producing your newsletter?

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