The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at WMU offers high quality non-credit programs for mature adults in the greater Kalamazoo community.
Founded in 2011, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at WMU offers high quality non-credit programs for mature adults in the greater Kalamazoo community. This volunteer organization, with support from WMUx, works with WMU emeriti, faculty and staff to offer courses and trips year-round.
OLLI at WMU is proud to have created a community of lifelong learners in Kalamazoo and looks forward to continued growth as it creates more and more diverse learning experiences for its members.
Message to OLLI at WMU members
June 29, 2020
Dr. Toni Woolfork-Barnes, Director
In this COVID-19 environment, many of us recognize the value and importance of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at WMU more now than ever before. OLLI allows the opportunity for intellectual and social engagement, the ability to create connections with others and the opportunity to help strengthen and improve OLLI at WMU by volunteering to serve on one of our committees or as part of the OLLI leadership. More importantly, involvement in OLLI contributes to lifelong learning; enhances social opportunities; minimizes loneliness; and promotes health and wellness, including brain health.
Therefore, OLLI is very excited to announce that in this unprecedented time, we have transitioned to an online distance learning format, which allows us to offer online courses for our members and non-members. No doubt, we all are looking forward to meeting face-to-face for courses, but, in the interim, we have begun offering online courses. Additionally, the OLLI Curriculum Committee is working very hard to have an increased number of online offerings available for fall 2020 and winter/spring 2021.
Over the last several months, our primary form of communication has been newsletters and emails. If you are not receiving OLLI communications, please make sure you have opted in to receive information or ensure that your membership is current. You can also communicate with us via email email@example.com to let us know if there is a problem. As for OLLI courses, we are using Webex, which is similar to Zoom, but slightly different. We are offering Webex-based orientations to help our members become acquainted and familiar with this particular online platform. Specifically, once you are registered for an OLLI course or event, you will receive:
- A Webex invitation to join the meeting (course), just prior to the course or event you registered for.
- As appropriate, you will receive another Webex invitation to orient you to the platform.
The OLLI staff continues to work remotely, we want you to know that:
- You can still renew your membership online or you can mail it to the office.
- We have a new member benefit through One Day University for the 2020-2021 membership year. For a small fee, you will be able to participate in a great variety of courses and on demand videos. Check out the registration on our courses page of this website for more information.
- Online course offerings are available for fall – the fall course offerings are currently on the website.
- We are hosting online OLLI events – they will be listed in the newsletter as they become available.
- We are planning an exciting 10th OLLI at WMU Anniversary celebration next year – stay tuned.
Without our members, there is no OLLI, and at no time ever before have we needed our members more. Please renew your memberships, register for courses and join us for OLLI events. Continue to support the sustainability of your OLLI at WMU. We need you!
Toni Woolfork-Barnes, Ed.D
Director, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at WMU