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Does your OLLI have a travel program for members?

Posted on March 20th, 2013 by Anne Cardale, OLLI National Resource Center

Abbie Lawrence-Jacobson, OLLI at the University of Michigan, Asks OLLI:

Does your OLLI have a travel program for members?  If so, who plans it – Volunteers? Contractors (such as a travel agency)?  Other?

Does your OLLI have a complaint procedure?

Posted on February 21st, 2013 by Anne Cardale, OLLI National Resource Center

Julia Cayuso, OLLI at the University of Miami, Asks OLLI:

Does your OLLI have a complaint procedure? If so, where does it appear in writing, and is it separate from complaint/grievance procedures of the host institution?

Does your OLLI’s university or college have retirement housing adjacent to campus?

Posted on January 31st, 2013 by Anne Cardale, OLLI National Resource Center

Jo Brownlie, OLLI at Saginaw Valley State University, Asks OLLI:

Our university is exploring the possibility of offering retirement housing adjacent to our campus, which might be managed by the university or by a private company. Our OLLI offerings would be a major benefit to the residents. Is your OLLI’s university or college currently doing this? And if so, how is it working out?

Has your OLLI used omnidirectional microphones?

Posted on January 23rd, 2013 by Anne Cardale, 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.

Travel partnerships and your OLLI

Posted on December 10th, 2012 by Anne Cardale, 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?

OLLI and opportunites for host-institute graduate students

Posted on December 5th, 2012 by Anne Cardale, 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?

Individuals or organizations that stand to gain financially from soliciting OLLI members as clients

Posted on December 4th, 2012 by Anne Cardale, 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”?

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.

Search engine optimization for OLLI websites

Posted on November 28th, 2012 by Anne Cardale, 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?

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?

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