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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?

2 Responses to “Creative class ideas: OLLIs and Museums?”

  1. At the SF State Osher Lifelong Learning Institute we have:
    Partnered with our Jewish Contemporary Museum on a film screening.
    Offered courses that are tied to the themes of major exhibits at our many local institutions.
    We are also tying in with our Opera, Symphony and theatres to cross pollinate and cross market.

    For example we have a silent film festival in SF and it’s Charlies Chaplin’s 100th birthday - so we are offering a course on Silent Films.

    Our OLLI would have been very interested in offering the Smithsonian course but we do no have the technical capability.

  2. I am new to the OLLI network and come from a museum background. I see incredible synergy between the two worlds and would be very interested in any partnership between them. Informal learning methods employed in museums might be a refreshing introduction into the straight lecture-based culture of many OLLIs. A recent OLLI student survey here at Sonoma State indicated a desire for more interactive learning formats, and more participatory settings for adult education. Museums are a natural! I would be very happy to partner with the Smithsonian and other OLLIs to explore this further.

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