Osher Lifelong Learning to host an open house in Lewes on August 10



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The University of Delaware’s program for learners aged 50 and over already had the distinction of being one of the premier lifelong learning programs in the country.

This spring it became the biggest, registering participants from at least 25 states for a record 1,927 members online.

Today, UD’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute program begins the process of restarting selected onsite courses while maintaining a strong online presence.

Community members are invited to learn more about the OLLI program at a free open house scheduled at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, August 10 at Trinity Faith Christian Center, 15516 New Road, Lewes.

Registration for fall courses – in person and online – is available until Monday, August 16.

Classes begin Tuesday, September 7 at the Sussex County OLLI sites in Lewes, Ocean View and Bridgeville, as well as online.

Along with the rest of the University of Delaware in 2020, OLLI programs quickly adapted to online classrooms during the coronavirus pandemic. However, even with a planned return to in-person programming on the horizon, most OLLI members recognize some of the new opportunities offered by online learning.

“Zoom has allowed us to connect with family and friends, all on a platform provided free of charge to every OLLI member by UD,” said one participant.

The online format also allowed participants to enroll in a wider variety of courses as statewide online offerings were open to the entire UD OLLI community, all taught by instructors. volunteers normally based at UD’s OLLI sites in Lewes, Ocean View, Bridgeville, Dover and Wilmington.

Ralph Begleiter of UD, a former CNN reporter and retired UD communications professor, normally teaches several popular courses at the OLLI site in Lewes. But last fall, more than 300 OLLI students from across Delaware and the region took part in Begleiter’s online media and public opinion course, and more than 100 also participated in the additional discussion sessions, the all via Zoom videoconferencing.

The UD Lifelong Learning Program has offered courses in Sussex County since 1989, and in Lewes in particular since 1993. This will be the first semester for courses in the new location of OLLI in Lewes at the Trinity Faith Christian Center on New Road.

OLLI’s course locations in Sussex County also include Ocean View Town Hall and Community Center in Ocean View, and the Heritage Shores Clubhouse in Bridgeville.

Courses planned at Lewes include Adventures of a Global Journalist; Basic and advanced woodworking; International folk dance; Living in space: past, present, future; and fabric jewelry making.

Examples of online courses: History of the roots of rock and roll; Interpretation of your DNA results; Hamilton: The Man and the Musical; American, French, German, Italian, Spanish Sign Language; Racism in America: The History We Did Not Learn in School; and human stress: how it affects your body and mind.

Participants can register for in-person courses, online courses, or a combination of the two. The Fall 2021 OLLI Kent / Sussex membership fee is $ 100, with an additional registration fee per class.

For more details, including full course listings and how to register, go to olli.udel.edu.

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