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2014 OLLI Conference Workshops

Welcome to our 2014 OLLI Conference Workshops area. These workshops took place at the OLLI National Conference at the Park Hyatt Aviara Hotel, Carlsbad, California on April 28 – 30, 2014.You will find the names of the workshop presenters listed below each workshop as well as workshop materials.Looking for something else?

Visit the 2014 National Conference document archives for additional conference related resources.

Conference Topics

The Seven Keys to Health and Wellness
Creating a Strategic Plan – How and Why?
Many Ways to Skin a Cat: Measuring OLLI Successes
More Than Merely PC: Creating More Inclusive Lifelong Learning Programs
Yours in Learning: Administering an OLLI Program
Build It and They Will Come!
Healthcare Students Get an Intimate Look at Healthy Aging
The Hungry Games: Catching Funds
How to Recruit and Retain Our Most Valuable Resource
Changing Technology: Implications for Planning, Delivery, and Marketing of Lifelong Learning Programs
Beyond Lunch and Learn: Engaging Learners through Partnerships
Living and Growing With Loss
OLLI Collaborations on Campus and Beyond
What’s in the Data? Recent Research in the OLLI National Network
Curriculum Hot Topics to Help Your OLLI Cruise to Success!
Best Practices for Peer Learning
Now Hear This!

The Seven Keys to Health and Wellness

Workshop Description:

This presentation will describe how you can create your own personalized set of keys to open the door to health and wellness. Many think that our future health is determined by our genes. It is true that genetics controls about 30% of health outcomes, but that means as much as 70% is under your control! This puts each of us in the driver’s seat. The choices you make each day can help you live longer and better. Hear about the keys to lifestyles that outsmart stress and focus on the power of positive.

Most important, learn the latest science about how each of us can create a personalized plan for health and wellness.

Presenter:

Margaret A. Chesney, Ph.D., Director of the UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine

Workshop Materials:

Seven Keys to Health and Wellness

Creating a Strategic Plan – How and Why?

 

Workshop Description:

Whether your program has 400 or 4000 members, you want to ensure and strengthen its future. Strategic planning can and should be a creative process, involving many constituents and leading to a document that guides decision-making and the allocation of scarce resources. This session will discuss the process of strategic planning at two very different institutions: a public liberal arts university that is a branch campus of the University of North Carolina and a small private university in northern California. The presentation will include discussion of the people involved, the process followed, and the final product.

Presenters:

Kathy Henderson & Nancy Ellen Bogan, Dominican and Catherine Frank, UNC Asheville

Workshop Materials:

Are You Ready to Plan for the Future of Your OLLI? – A Tale of Two OLLIs

 

Many Ways to Skin a Cat: Measuring OLLI Successes

Workshop Description:

Data obtained from program evaluations provide an invaluable source of information to measure success and guide development. Sound data can enhance the ability to achieve a good fit between OLLI participant’s interests and preferences and the needs of their programs. Examples of evaluations conducted at two different OLLI sites will be presented: one involving a membership survey; the other a content analysis. Methodological issues as well as available technology to collect such data efficiently will be addressed.

Presenters:
Michael Cheang, Hawaii Manoa; Linda Shook and Virginia O’Leary, Auburn

Workshop Materials:

A Review of Course Offerings from 1996 – 2014 (OLLI at Hawaii Manoa)

Measuring OLLI’s Successes

(OLLI at Auburn)

More Than Merely PC: Creating More Inclusive Lifelong Learning Programs

Workshop Description:

Why inclusivity is an issue? What does it mean to grow an inclusive organization? What does an inclusive organization look take? In this interactive session, we’ll encourage you to give some thought to what diversity means to your OLLI and help you develop a plan to move in the desired direction. Two OLLIs who are currently working in this direction will share practical insights into how to create a welcoming and inclusive program that embraces diverse communities.

Presenters:
Ara Rogers, South Florida and Wichian Rajanawon, UMass Boston

Workshop Materials:

More Than Merely PC:Creating More Inclusive Lifelong Learning Programs

Diversity and Inclusion 101 Quiz

Yours in Learning: Administering an OLLI Program

The New OLLI Administrators’ Workshop provides a valuable opportunity for new or almost new OLLI program Administrators to share experiences and learn together. The purpose of the workshop is to provide you with an overview of OLLI program administration and the basic skills for success. The workshop is planned to let you reflect and organize your thoughts and help answer some of the questions you may have about OLLI program operations. Four key areas of OLLI administration will be examined: organization, curriculum and program planning, finance, and marketing. As a new administrator, you come to OLLI with different experiences and different perspectives. This highly interactive workshop will provide you with an opportunity to reflect on what you already know about your university, administration, faculty, and programs, and merge your knowledge with new information.

We strongly suggest that any OLLI staff that have been with their programs for three years or less participate in the workshop. This is a two session workshop (10:30AM and 3:00 PM). You must attend both sessions.
Presenters:
Jon Neidy and Michelle Riggio, Bradley University
Workshop Materials:

Yours in Learning: Administering an OLLI Program

 

Build It and They Will Come!

Workshop Description:

Come and listen to Dr. Brad Bechtold, Executive Director of Continuing Education at Furman University, speak about OLLI at Furman’s successful six year capital campaign effort and the creation of the new 23,000 square foot, $6.4 million Herring Center for Continuing Education.

Dr. Bechtold will share how the vision for a “home of our own” for OLLI at Furman provided the inspiration and subsequent engagement of 1,200 OLLI members and the Furman community in the funding, design and construction of a state of the art facility where learning never retires.

Topics presented will include the overall building campaign strategy, alignment with university goals, design and construction: potholes and bridges, post-occupancy lessons learned, and overall campus and member satisfaction.

Presenter:

Brad Bechtold, Furman University

Workshop Materials:

Build It and They Will Come

 

Healthcare Students Get an Intimate Look at Healthy Aging

Workshop Description:

What happens when vibrant, energetic medical, nursing, or other students hop into the water aerobics pool, stretch in a yoga class, or sample tai chi with vigorous aging individuals? See how your OLLI can provide student interactions with your members to benefit all. Medical, nursing, and other students can learn by visiting classrooms, meeting and interviewing OLLI members, and participating alongside them in experiences as diverse as ballroom dance, qigong, and Pilates to courses including marine biology, classic art, ethics, classical literature, and most students’ favorite course, lifestory writing. In addition to standard clinic, hospital, nursing home, and hospice visits, nursing, medical, and other healthcare students participate in experiences bringing them into contact with healthy older adults. These students get an intimate look at lifestyle choices that contribute to healthy aging as they encounter, first-hand, the concept of dynamic longevity. They review current literature on aging with emphasis on the interventions they experience, including recently published studies on the lifestory process at OLLI at UTMB Health. Students report surprise at the capabilities of community dwelling older adults. They expand their perspectives on this population …and sometimes even suffer from sore muscles after trying to keep pace with their new OLLI friends. This session will provide a blueprint for ways your OLLI can interact with community college, university, or other students to provide a real life look at active older adults. Exemplary quotes from student feedback will be provided to substantiate the transformative effect of this experience.


Presenter:

Michelle Sierpina, University of Texas Medical Branch

Workshop Materials:

Healthcare Students Get an Intimate Look at Healthy Aging

 

The Hungry Games: Catching Funds

Workshop Description:

Learn how to launch, sustain and grow a vigorous fundraising program to sustain your OLLI far into the future. What is fundraising and how do you do it? How can you transition your OLLI from a culture of receiving to one of giving? How can you engage your volunteers and host institution in your efforts? Can your events become powerful motors that drive sponsor, annual fund and planned giving programs? How do you transform your members to donor members and major gift donors? How do you ask for money? In the first part of this session, four OLLIs share their perspectives. In the second part of the session, conference delegates share their fundraising programs with the panel and the OLLI network.

Presenters:

Adam Brunner and Donna Satir, Temple; Shino John, Rutgers; Katy Crapo and Tom Kenyon, Georgia, Athens; Jeanette Toohey, North Florida

Workshop Materials:

The Hungry Games: Catching Funds

 

How to Recruit and Retain Our Most Valuable Resource

Workshop Description:

Nonprofits thrive on the strength of their volunteers. For OLLI Institutes, volunteers are also the nexus of our collective pledge to provide stimulating programming for older learners. Is your volunteer pool optimized? Are your volunteers contributing to all aspects of your program? Do they feel valued? Join our panel discussion as we identify volunteer activities that keep three different OLLI programs humming. We will help answer the question that ALL OLLIs share: How to attract, retain and deepen our volunteer relationships.

Presenters:

Andrea Sisino, South Carolina, Beaufort, Julia Cayuso, Miami; Ann Nikolai CSU Chico

Workshop Materials:

OLLI Volunteer Workforce: How to Recruit & Retain Our Most Valuable Resource

 

Changing Technology: Implications for Planning, Delivery, and Marketing of Lifelong Learning Programs

Workshop Description:

Please join us for a lively presentation, and discussion of how today’s changing technology, member interest and capacity in the use of technology affect how we operate lifelong learning

programs for older adults. We will share our experience in conducting a technology survey designed to assess members’ uses and preferences in new technology. Obtaining this crucial information will help OLLI administrators and volunteer leaders to effectively plan, implement, and reach out to current and prospective members. We will also discuss the costs associated with using new technology such as webinars, video conferencing, social media, email marketing, video on-demand, video tutorial programs, language programs, online courses, and MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses).

Presenters:
Wichian Rojanawon and Patricia Flynn, UMass Boston

Workshop Materials:

Changing Technology

Beyond Lunch and Learn: Engaging Learners through Partnerships

Workshop Description:

Engaged learning, collaboration, and partnerships are terms that permeate the world of education and higher education in the 21st century. “Engaged learning is an approach to education that involves active and collaborative learning. It provides students the opportunity to connect their classroom experience with concrete applications in professional and civic life.” (www.uvu.edu) Lifelong learning can provide in-depth and meaningful learning experiences by incorporating these concepts internally and externally. Efficiencies can also be realized through the use of symbiotic partnerships and creative collaboration. This session will provide information about learning partnerships in the Arts, Organic Gardening, Human Development, Literature, Technology, and beyond. Participants will be invited to share their experience with collaborations. Critical analysis of outcomes will be encouraged to allow everyone to benefit from various and diverse OLLI programming experiences across the country.

Presenters:
Brian Chapman and Aleta Staton, UConn

Workshop Materials:

OLLI Gardening Project

 

Living and Growing With Loss

Workshop Description:

OLLIs are more likely than other learning communities to experience the loss of members. Our members can become unable to participate, due to family responsibilities, sickness or death. CSUEB has tried to plan for this inevitability through personal connection and conversation. We have met in retreat to discuss how this phenomenon affects our members and staff. We have also developed strategies to honor those who have gone, and support those who have survived. In this 90 minute session, we will share our strategies and learn how other OLLIs commemorate and honor our friends and colleagues.

Presenter:
Bette Felton, CSU East Bay

Workshop Materials:

Living and Growing With Loss

 

OLLI Collaborations on Campus and Beyond

Workshop Description:

At the heart of the lifelong learning experience is the opportunity for participants to strengthen their connections to the university, the community, and each other. It is a richly interactive environment that serves as a site of increased interpersonal, intellectual, and civic engagement. Collaboration with host universities not only benefits OLLI members who enjoy volunteer service in a wide variety of programs and enrich their own understanding of scholarly research. It also provides numerous benefits for the host university and other partners through the wealth of skills, knowledge, and life experience that OLLI members can share with students, faculty, and researchers – and through the fulfillment of the university’s strategic goals for reaching out to the broader community. This session will present the experiences of two OLLI programs with innovative approaches to collaboration: OLLI at California State, Fullerton, which has a dynamic collaboration program that has filled more than 400 volunteer opportunities in the past year; and OLLI at Illinois, which has piloted deep campus collaborations in science and the arts as well as projects that reach out to community, state, and national partners. We will use these examples as the starting point for a lively conversation about the many platforms for integrating OLLI activities into the academic and outreach missions of the university through creative collaborations and productive partnerships.
Presenters:
Christine Catanzarite, Illinois; Michael Stover and Ron Osajima, CSU Fullerton

Workshop Materials:

Christine Cantanzarite Creative Collaborations

OLLI CSUF Tales of a Great University in a Period of Unprecedented Change

OLLI CSUF Collaborations

OLLI CSUF Collaborations Notes

 

What’s in the Data? Recent Research in the OLLI National Network

Workshop Description:

In this session we will discuss two recent OLLI research initiatives. The OLLI at Carnegie Mellon is noted for its use of data to make decisions about membership, programs, and curriculum. We will consider how program decisions are made using data. We will describe a national survey involving more than 3,000 people in eight different OLLIs. Particular attention will be paid to data showing employment, relocation, technology utilization, and course preference trends. Implications and insights of both surveys will be discussed as well as prospects for expanding research to other OLLI programs.
Presenters:

Mike Brady, NRC; Jack Hansen, Furman; Joe Shirk, Carnegie Mellon; Lyn Decker, Carnegie Mellon
Workshop Materials:

Pilot National Survey of OLLI Membership

Using data to Manage your OLLI Program

 

Curriculum Hot Topics to Help Your OLLI Cruise to Success!

Workshop Description:

OLLI’s curriculum is like a compass—a reliable tool that points one in the right direction. Share the ideas that allow your OLLI to cruise to success. Learn how to make sure your curriculum stays afloat without sinking. You want to make sure your courses are equipped to handle an exciting quest. Come with us on a fantastic voyage to learn how you can make your programming better. We welcome you to bring pearls of wisdom that have proven successful, and you may even find some new treasure along the way. Join us as we set sail on a fast, fun-filled adventure to discover the best courses for your OLLI. If you choose this session, don’t forget to fill out a form to present your best curriculum idea.
Moderator:
Alisha Foster, Hampton University

Workshop Materials:

Hot Topic-OLLI Presentation

Hot Topic – Speakers’ Series Spurs Class Topics

Hot Topic – Gizmos and Gadgets

Hot Topic – Arab Islam Tour

Hot Topic – Arab Islam Tour

Hot Topic – After 5 Travel About Town

 

Best Practices for Peer Learning

The peer-learning program of OLLI at CSU Dominguez Hills, Omnilore, has been operating for nearly 25 years. We propose a presentation that would highlight “lessons learned”, and would include testimonials from about the challenges and benefits of this model. We would create a short video from one of the peer-learning group meetings. Peer-learning model empower participants in different ways that lecture courses. Issues such as management of group session when the argumentative and contentious types emerge will be covered. Following the presentation, we propose that a panel of representatives from several OLLI peer-learning groups participate in a discussion for those organizations who have already established, or are interested in establishing, a peer-learning group. Topics that might be covered include: level of classes; range of topics; professions of participants (e.g., engineers, teachers, doctors); structure of sessions (e.g., trimester); number of classes; facility requirements; process used to run program; formation of study discussion group; and, use of technology.

Presenters:
Jim Bouchard and Dr. Howard Korman, CSU Dominquez Hills

Workshop Materials:

Peer Learning Best Practices

 

Now Hear This!

Workshop Description:

For our institutes and OLLI members, one of the biggest obstacles in classroom learning is hearing—hearing the instructor, other members, and overall, being an active participant in the classroom exchanges. In this session Susan Hoffman, will lay the foundation of why hearing is a priority at Berkeley and how they—staff, faculty, and members—have responded to find ways to make the classroom more hearing friendly. Dee Aguilar will share her work at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln in finding a sound system that works for their locations to enhance hearing and how the local school district’s measures to respond to ADA compliance and parents on hearing has had an impact on their program. We will reserve half of the session for you to share your experience. Together we will develop a task list or action plan on sharing the research on price, venue considerations, ease of use by both the instructor and the user, storage implications, staff time required to manage the system, flexibility for use in spaces other than classrooms, University restrictions or University assistance with procurement, outside funds available, and more.
Presenters:

Dee Aguilar, Nebraska and Susan Hoffman, Berkeley

Workshop Materials:

Hearing Initiative 4th Age Salon

 

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