Course Proposal and Instructor Application Form
The deadline to submit a course proposal for winter term is 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, September 24.
Completed applications will be reviewed by OLLI's Curriculum Committee. The Curriculum Committee is comprised of OLLI members who volunteer to review course proposals. You will be contacted at least one month prior to the start of the term (January 5, 2015) regarding whether or not the Curriculum Committee accepted your course proposal.
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, known interests of OLLI members and facility capacities. Instructors will be approved on the basis of their subject knowledge and skills, and their teaching or related instructional communication experience.
Please review the following points before preparing a proposal.
- The Curriculum Committee will review only those applications/proposals that are complete and submitted by the deadline.
- If the Curriculum Committee needs further clarification and/or documentation upon initial review of the completed form, a committee member will contact you.
- The Curriculum Committee aims to be as inclusive and flexible as possible to meet the diverse interests of the OLLI community. The principal focus of the review is to ensure that the proposed topic will be taught well and is outlined with sufficient clarity to enable members to make informed choices.
- If your application is accepted, the Curriculum Committee will make every effort to accommodate your first choice of class time and day, but this will not always be possible. Please include alternate choices.
- 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 me for more information.
- Course proposals must include instructor information that supports your qualifications to teach the material. Qualifications may be formal degrees and/or teaching experiences in a career or avocation. Other evidence of requisite knowledge and skills in the proposed subject matter and successful experiences conveying knowledge to others will be considered.
- Instructors wishing to teach a health or nutrition class must submit copies of documentation showing evidence of Board-certification, licensure or other training from an accredited institution in the course material they wish to teach.
- Courses pertaining to health or personal development shall not include therapeutic activities in the class but rather should introduce knowledge and ideas that underpin particular psychological and/or spiritual practices.
- Your course description should be 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). Please note that if a full range of viewpoints on the topic will not be covered, you must specify your specific perspective in the course description.
- Classroom venues are available in Ashland (at SOU's Campbell Center, SOU's Meese Auditorium, and at ScienceWorks) and in Medford (at the Higher Education Center). You are encouraged to offer courses in both communities.
- Courses must not be used to promote commercial interests, such as to sell a book or to publicize a business or profession. Instructors may state background and experience, including business affiliation, at the start of the first session, but should not do so thereafter. Promotional materials of any kind may not be distributed in OLLI courses.
- OLLI offers audio-visual and computer equipment training sessions for new and returning instructors. How-to guides are available upon request, too. If you plan to use audio-visual or computer equipment in your classroom, you must be able to operate it. If you are not comfortable using the technology that you will need to teach your course, it is your responsibility to contact the OLLI office to request training. We recommend you do so at least two weeks in advance your first class session.
- The Curriculum Committee reserves the right to deny an application/proposal which does not meet every requirement. The Curriculum Committee also reserves the right to edit your course proposal for accuracy, conciseness, or clarity.
For general questions about teaching at OLLI, please visit OLLI's instructor FAQs page.
For clarification on any part of the course proposal form or process, please feel free to contact me at email@example.com, or call me at 541-552-8108.
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OLLI at SOU - Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
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