About the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at SDSU
OLLI at SDSU offers adults, age 50 and better, a chance to return to campus and study a fascinating array of topics — from political science and art history, to literature and astronomy. There are no tests, grades, or exams, just the thrill of intellectual growth and the camaraderie of a vibrant learning community. Our instructors consistently say the most rewarding aspect of teaching for OLLI is the students' high level of interest in the subject matter, and the unique life perspectives they bring to class discussions.
Teaching for this Audience
OLLI members tend to be college-educated, highly engaged learners who are retired or partially retired from successful and accomplished careers. They are looking to continue their intellectual engagement, interact with peers, and share what they have to offer during class discussions. Our students are interested in exploring philosophy, religion, ethics, art, history, science, music, political science, culture, literature and other interesting topics that provide opportunities for engaging, thought-provoking learning experiences.
Before submitting your course proposal(s), please review these important dates and details:
OLLI Spring 2018 Semester: Feb. 6–May 15, 2018
Call for Proposals Will be Sent: July 10, 2017
Course Proposal Deadline: August 11, 2017
OLLI Summer 2018 Semester: June 4–August 14, 2018
Call for Proposals Will be Sent: Dec. 4, 2017
Course Proposal Deadline: January 5, 2018
Types of Courses
- We are always looking for a diverse mix of university-quality courses.
- Our goal is to offer new and exciting learning opportunities to our OLLI members. In general, we do not repeat the same class within a two-year period, though in some cases a Part II may work or you can propose "revised/enhanced" versions of a previous course. We are also requesting that you please let us know if you have recently taught, or plan to teach, the same topic at another education institution, or if the class(es) you are proposing will be exclusive to OLLI at SDSU.
Course Format Details
- Lectures meet once, for 2–3 hours
- Courses are 2–8 weeks, meet weekly for 2–3 hours per session
- Workshops are 2-6 weeks, meet weekly for 2–3 hours per session, and have interactive learning activities
- Special Events meet once for 1–3 hours
- Book Clubs meet once for 1.5-hours
- Edventures are 2–8 hour local field trips paired with a presentation/lecture that relates to the location
Multiple Course Proposals: Please feel free to submit multiple ideas. Use one course proposal form for each proposed course.
Days of Week
- OLLI courses are primarily Monday–Friday, with Saturday courses occasionally offered.
- Fridays and Saturdays offer the big advantage of plentiful parking
- Monday–Thursday courses can start as late as 4 pm, to end by 5:50 pm
- Friday–Saturday courses can start as late as 3 pm, to end by 4:50 pm
Course Selection Process and Notifications
The Osher Institute's Curriculum Committee provides another avenue for incorporating OLLI members' feedback to inform staff decisions when hiring instructors and selecting course offerings.
If you have questions about teaching for OLLI at SDSU or the course proposal process, please contact Program Director Aimee Davis at firstname.lastname@example.org or (619) 594-5674.