OLLI Research & The LLI Review

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Research Review Panel

There is potential for research within the OLLI network that both strengthens the programs and contributes to the national understanding of lifelong learning for older learners. Relevant research proposals should be submitted to the OLLI National Resource Center. These will then be forwarded to the OLLI NRC's Research Review Panel.

Mission statement of the Research Review Panel

  • The OLLI Research Review Panel serves as a resource to assess the quality and efficacy of prospective research projects that involve more than a single OLLI program as well as to encourage and support such research activity. It does this by reviewing project protocols, providing assistance in research design, being available for general consultation, and communicating findings to the OLLI network

The OLLI NRC Research Review Panel members:

  • E. Michael Brady, PhD. Senior Research Fellow attached to the OLLI National Resource Center, Professor of Adult Education at the University of Southern Maine.

  • Gerald DeVries, PhD. Director of Community Outreach on the OLLI UC, Irvine Board. Before Gerald retired he was a researcher working in the pharmaceutical industry.

  • Robert 'Jack' Hansen, Former Associate Director of the Florida Institute For Human and Machine Cognition. Co-author of Shaping a Life of Significance for Retirement. Member of OLLI at Furman University
  • Cathy House. Director of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Utah

  • Michael D. Smith, Ph.D., M.H.A. Assistant Dean, Evaluation and Planning and Executive Director, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the College of Public Health University of Kentucky Lexington.

The LLI Review

The LLI Review was an annual publication of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes' National Resource Center. The mission of this peer-reviewed journal was to present original research and provide commentary on issues related to learning among persons over the age of fifty. Given the growth in the literature on lifelong learning, publication of the LLI Review ceased in 2011and is will no longer be produced.

Archive issues are available as pdfs below: