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  1. The next opportunity to submit a course proposal is for Winter term. Winter term course proposals will be accepted via a link on this webpage to an online course proposal form from Monday, August 1 to Wednesday, August 31. (Winter term classes start on Tuesday, January 3, and end on Friday, March 10.) The sooner you submit the course proposal, the better chance of obtaining your preferred day, time, and room for your course.
  2. Completed applications will be reviewed by OLLI's all-volunteer Curriculum Committee which reviews and accepts or rejects courses. OLLI aims to provide an interesting, balanced and quality curriculum from which its members can select worthwhile educational experiences. Courses will be selected on the basis of appropriateness for the OLLI program, meeting OLLI policies, known interests of OLLI members, and facility capacities. Instructors will be approved on the basis of their subject knowledge and skills and, for health-related courses, licensure in the field being taught.
  3. If the Curriculum Committee needs further clarification and/or documentation upon initial review of the completed form, a committee member will contact you. Instructors who propose to teach a health or nutrition class must submit copies of documentation showing evidence of licensure in the course material they wish to teach.
  4. If your proposal is accepted, the OLLI office will make every effort to accommodate your first choice of class time, day, and location, but this will not always be possible. Please include alternate choices. You will be contacted at least one month prior to the start of the term regarding whether or not the Curriculum Committee accepted your course proposal.
  5. Each term is ten weeks in length and each course is typically scheduled for one session per week for two to ten weeks. If a single-session class is your preference, do not submit this course proposal. Instead, contact the OLLI office for more information.
  6. Your course description should be comprehensive, concise, and clear about the topics and classroom activities so that prospective students will know what to expect. Students need to know what will be taught, the approach to the subject matter (lecture, interactive discussion, skill activities, films/readings, etc.), and out-of-class preparations (readings or assignments). If a full range of viewpoints on the topic will not be covered, you must specify your specific perspective in the course description. If you require a fee from your students for any consumable materials you provide (e.g. art supplies), or a rental fee for the class venue, this information must be included in the course description.
  7. OLLI courses are intended to educate OLLI students, not to facilitate financial gain of the instructors, either directly or by increasing business opportunities. Instructors must disclose current business affiliations in the credential section of their course proposals and should reiterate this at the first class. Business cards, printed materials, and references to websites may be made available during the first class, but not actively distributed. Subsequent classes should focus exclusively on principles and practices to enhance students’ knowledge of the material.
  8. Courses pertaining to personal development must not include therapy or health claims, but rather, should provide information and/or data related to the topic.
  9. Courses pertaining to health and nutrition must adhere to OLLI's policy which specifies necessary credentials. Please click here for more information. 
  10. If you propose to teach an OLLI course that meets on private property, please note that the meeting location must meet Americans with Disabilities Act accessibility requirements.  Also, you must complete an Assumption of Risk form whereby you legally accept all liability related to the class meeting on private property.
  11. Once open registration begins, OLLI students may register for any OLLI class they choose if the class has not already reached the maximum enrollment threshold. This rule is applied throughout the term. If you do not want students added to your class roster after the first or second class meeting, please contact the OLLI office.
  12. To safeguard OLLI's I.T. equipment and computers, you must be trained in their proper use. New instructors must meet with an OLLI I.T. trainer at least two weeks before his or her first class. If your course proposal is accepted, you will be contacted with instructions on how to make an appointment for a training session.

To view or download a sample copy of the online course proposal form, click here.

For clarification on any part of the course proposal form or process, please feel free to contact me at, or call me at 541-552-6048.

Linda LaGasse
Database and Membership Coordinator
OLLI at SOU - Osher Lifelong Learning Institute