In addition to drawing from our university and community instructional resources, members play an integral role in OLLI curriculum development, often lending their expertise to teach or facilitate a course or group. Below are a few examples of how members may become more involved and contribute to programming.
1. Lecture or Series on Specific Topics
Are you an expert in a particular area or have extensive knowledge in a subject? If so please consider leading a lecture. Lectures require a certain amount of preparation and may consist of one or multiple sessions. Typically, lectures will last an hour to two hours and include a Q and A session.
2. Discussion Group
The discussion group is designed to be an informal exchange of ideas in a considerate atmosphere. This format may be applied to a number of topics and is flexible enough to cover two sessions or an entire term. As a facilitator, you will be responsible for planning each discussion, focusing the discussion to keep it on track, and maintaining a welcoming atmosphere where all are encouraged to participate.
3. Study Group
A study group is a dynamic, interactive learning experience lead by member facilitators. It can engage participants in active discussion and any or all of the following: readings, research and other assignments on topic-specific activities. As all members are learning together, no prior knowledge of the subject is required. As a facilitator it is your job to create an agenda or lead the members in developing content and format for the study group.What makes a good Study or Discussion Group leader?
4. Armchair Traveler
Consider this option if you wish to share your traveling experiences. An area’s culture or geography may be discussed and illustrated with relevant photographs or slides. Armchair Travelers usually run and hour to an hour and a half, followed with a Q and A session.
~ ~ What makes a good Study or Discussion Group leader? ~ ~
Creates opportunities for everyone to participate
Focuses and helps clarify discussion
Helps group members identify areas of agreement and disagreement
Knows when to stay neutral
Helps the group set ground rules for group participation
Brings in points of view that haven’t been discussed
Summarizes key points in discussion or asks others to do so
OLLI UO is committed to helping you and your course or group succeed. A staff member will be available to help you through course planning, advertising, and preparation.