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Thank you for proposing to teach a course during the next OLLI term. Completed applications will be reviewed by OLLI's Curriculum Committee. Decisions will be made and instructors will be contacted no later than one month after the submission deadline. Please review the following points before preparing a 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.

  1. The Curriculum Committee will review only those applications/proposals that are complete and submitted by the deadline. For clarification on any part of the form, read the Instructor FAQs. If you do not find the answer there, email OLLI at or call 541-552-6048.
  2. If the Curriculum Committee needs further clarification and/or documentation upon initial review of the completed form, a committee member will contact you.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Each term is ten weeks in length and each course typically is scheduled for one session per week for two to ten weeks. If a single session option is a preference, please contact the OLLI office.
  6. Please submit a course description and a course outline, along with 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. If you choose, OLLI can be of assistance in providing an orientation to teaching at OLLI. Please note that 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.
  7. 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 (i.e., lecture, interactive discussion, skill activities, films/readings, etc.), and out-of-class preparations (i.e., readings or assignments). Note: If a full range of viewpoints on the topic will not be covered, you must specify your specific perspective in the course description.
  8. Classroom venues include Ashland (at the Campbell Center of SOU and at ScienceWorks Museum) and Medford (at the Higher Education Center). You are encouraged to offer courses at both locations. Courses needing tables are best served by meeting in Medford, where both classrooms are set up with tables.
  9. Please be clear about any audio-visual needs. All classrooms are equipped with up-to-date AV capability (i.e., digital projectors, DVD players, computer consoles, laptop and flash drive connections). Contact the OLLI office about any special requests for equipment that would need to be brought to the classroom, such as a slide projector or overhead transparency projector.
  10. Please provide an accurate and complete description of any books or special materials participants should purchase, listing title, author, the year of publication, and the ISBN.
  11. 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.
  12. Courses pertaining to 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.
  13. The Curriculum Committee reserves the right to deny an application/proposal which does not meet every requirement.

How to Submit a Course Proposal

We have developed a new web form for submission of course proposals. This will help avoid errors in transferring information and save significant staff and volunteer time. Click here to go to the web-based Course Proposal and Instructor Application form.

A paper form for course proposals is available from the OLLI office in Ashland for instructors who are unable to use a computer.