The Ask OLLI blog is a resource for Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
administrators to facilitate discussion on a variety of topics related to the creation and management of OLLI institutes nationwide.
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Posted on January 23rd, 2013 by Anne Cardale, OLLI National Resource Center OLLI National Resource Center
Avi Bernstein, OLLI at Brandeis University, Asks OLLI:
I’m wondering if other OLLIs have used omnidirectional microphones in their seminars to project the voices of participants and the study group leader. If so, I’d like to hear how satisfied people are with the results.
Posted on December 10th, 2012 by Anne Cardale, OLLI National Resource Center OLLI National Resource Center
Andrea Sisino, OLLI at University of South Carolina Beaufort, Asks OLLI:
Does your OLLI partner with Road Scholar or Institute of Shipboard Learning?
Posted on December 5th, 2012 by Anne Cardale, OLLI National Resource Center 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?
Posted on December 4th, 2012 by Anne Cardale, OLLI National Resource Center OLLI National Resource Center
Abbie Lawrence-Jacobson, OLLI at University of Michigan, Asks OLLI:
How have other OLLIs dealt with study group/course proposals from individuals or organizations that stand to gain financially from soliciting OLLI members as clients? (For example, an investment firm wanting to do a course on financial planning for older adults.) Have other OLLIs developed any guidelines/policies for instructors that include something along the lines of “do not solicit OLLI members for your business”?
Posted on December 3rd, 2012 by Anne Cardale, OLLI National Resource Center 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.
Posted on November 28th, 2012 by Anne Cardale, OLLI National Resource Center OLLI National Resource Center
Cathy House, OLLI at The University of Utah, Asks OLLI:
We are always looking for ways to improve search engine results for our OLLI’s website, a.k.a. “search engine optimization.” What keywords/phrases do you include in your OLLI’s website?
Posted on November 1st, 2012 by Anne Cardale, OLLI National Resource Center 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?
Posted on October 26th, 2012 by Anne Cardale, OLLI National Resource Center 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?
Posted on October 23rd, 2012 by Anne Cardale, OLLI National Resource Center 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?
Posted on September 20th, 2012 by Anne Cardale, OLLI National Resource Center 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?