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Propose to Teach a Course for Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI)

OLLI brings together experienced and interesting professionals with a motivated group of learners. Classes have no homework or tests, and the most successful classes are those which are interactive and which respect and include the life experience of the members.

OLLI at HSU is now accepting course proposals for spring 2022. Deadline for submission is Jan. 7. Spring 2022 classes will be held between March 1 through May 27, 2022.

If you would like to teach with OLLI in spring 2022, please fill out the course proposal form linked below, and you will be notified about the next steps. 

We anticipate offering both in-person and online classes. There will be many factors to consider, including the availability of classroom space. (If you only want to teach your class in a face-to-face format, do not check the "virtual synchronous" or "hyflex" options when given the choice of class type.)

Please note: No classes will be offered on Mondays between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. No classes on holidays or when the HSU campus is closed.

All OLLI instructors must be a current member of OLLI, and should have taken at least one OLLI class prior to submitting a course proposal.

If you have not previously taught for OLLI at HSU or the College of Extended Education & Global Engagement, please send a résumé or curriculum vitae to Kim Laney, OLLI Coordinator, olli@humboldt.edu or mail to Humboldt State University, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, 1 Harpst St., Arcata, CA 95521. 

If you would like to discuss your ideas or have any questions before you submit your proposal, please contact the OLLI office.


How it works:

  • You propose a course, including a brief description, and your preferred meeting dates and times. 

  • Once the course is accepted, OLLI arranges facilities and marketing, registers students, and collects payment.

  • You teach your course to a fabulous community of lifelong learners.

  • You are paid 50% of the income generated from the course.

Once your proposal is submitted, it will be reviewed by the OLLI Coordinator and shared with the OLLI Curriculum Committee and the OLLI Director.

Course selection criteria are based upon the following standards. Ideally, the course will:

  • include an academic/intellectual component;

  • offer new skills/ideas to enhance life;

  • explore a topic(s) of interest to OLLI membership;

  • highlight feature aspects of our community (artistic, economic, environmental);

  • allow OLLI members access to university-level research, and instructors from HSU and beyond.