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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?

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?

Does your OLLI administer scholarships for class tuition?

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

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

Does your OLLI administer scholarships for class tuition? If so, what guidelines for dispersal are utilized and how are the scholarships funded?

For OLLIs with per-course fees: how do you encourage people to register for more classes?

Posted on June 14th, 2012 by Anne Cardale, OLLI National Resource Center

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

For those institutes that charge per-course fees, what methods are you using to encourage people to register for more classes? We currently offer a 10% tuition reduction on two or more courses. We are beginning to think of other methods that would reduce the overhead of processing the discounts –  e.g., an annual rebate program. I would love your insight on what you’ve tried, how it worked, member response/reaction, etc.

Follow up: Does your OLLI promote legacy giving as part of your fundraising plan?

Posted on May 2nd, 2012 by Anne Cardale, OLLI National Resource Center

Lisa Barton, OLLI at the University of Michigan, Asks OLLI:

Following up on an Ask OLLI question that was posted last fall (http://usm.maine.edu/olli/national/askolli/?p=213), has your OLLI successfully promoted legacy giving? If so, I would like to learn more about how other OLLIs have done this.

Recent fundraising activities at OLLIs

Posted on April 25th, 2012 by Anne Cardale, OLLI National Resource Center

Lisa Barton, OLLI at the University of Michigan, Asks OLLI:

Has your OLLI had any original fundraising activities during the past year that were particularly successful?

Member orientation and nurturing

Posted on April 2nd, 2012 by Anne Cardale, OLLI National Resource Center

Jeannette M. Toohey, OLLI at University of North Florida, Asks OLLI:

How does your OLLI orient and nurture its members?

What do you do when disruptive members create a problem for instructors?

Posted on March 6th, 2012 by Anne Cardale, OLLI National Resource Center

Carol Stewart, OLLI at University of Arizona, Asks OLLI:

What do you do (in class and long-term) when disruptive members create a problem for instructors? It would be interesting to know what others have done.

Seeking recommendations on course scheduling software (not registration software).

Posted on February 2nd, 2012 by Anne Cardale, OLLI National Resource Center

Katy Crapo, OLLI at University of Georgia, Asks OLLI:

OLLI@UGA is looking for software to assist its Curriculum Committee with course scheduling. We do not need registration software. We already have that. However, what we do need is a way to “plug in” our courses and move them around. Up to this point, the Chair of the Curriculum Committee is the sole person responsible for this, and she does all this work manually. We want an application that would centralize information in such a way that a number of people could assist in the class scheduling. Does anyone have any recommendations for us?

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