Teach for OLLI

OLLI at WVU depends on the generosity of our volunteer instructors to teach the quality classes and learning experiences offered throughout the year.  Drawn from all walks of life, many OLLI instructors are current and retired teachers, university professors and administrators, business and civic leaders, and other professionals from the community who wish to share their knowledge and passion.

Free from tests or grades, instructors experience the joy of teaching students who are enthusiastic, engaged, and eager to learn.

OLLI offers a wide variety of classes, including the arts, literature, history, philosophy and religion, current events, political affairs, science, math, health and wellness, and more for our campuses in Morgantown and Charleston.

Classrooms

Most classes in Morgantown are held in our space at the Mountaineer Mall at 5000 Green Bag. Most Charleston classes are held at the Schoenbaum Family Enrichment Center at 1701 5th Ave. Other locations can be arranged upon request.

Due to COVID-19, OLLI is currently offering classes online or outdoors only through the end of September. For information about teaching online via Zoom, visit this post has the latest information on training sessions. We are planning to continue offering some classes online following our return to the physical classrooms as well. Watch for more information.

Schedule

Classes are held during four eight-week terms for one to eight sessions. Special interest groups may meet year-round. Although scheduling is flexible, classes generally meet for 60 minutes to 2 hours, Monday through Friday, between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Evening and weekend classes can be arranged as well.

In the spirit of inclusion, OLLI has chosen to honor and observe the following holidays addition to traditional Christian and national holidays on which WVU is closed. Although the office will be open, we will not schedule classes or other events on these days.

  • Rosh Hashanah
  • Yom Kippur
  • Eid al-Fitr
  • Juneteenth (this is now a federal holiday)
  • Diwali
  • Vesak

The 2021-22 schedule is as follows:

  • Fall Term: October 4, 2021 to December 4, 2021
  • Winter Term: January 24, 2022 to March 12, 2022
  • Spring Term: April 12, 2022 to June 4, 2022

Course proposals are accepted throughout the year, although deadlines are established for each term annually. Deadlines are as follows:

  • Winter Proposals Due: 11/1/2021
  • Spring Proposals Due: 1/18/2022

To submit a proposal, go to our Teach of OLLI proposal form.

Instructor Policies and Procedures

Instructors are asked to read the policies and procedures document prior to teaching their first class. Returning instructors are encouraged to periodically review the document for changes and updates.  

Non-Solicitation Policy

As a volunteer organization, OLLI at WVU greatly appreciates the generous donation of time and talent by our instructors and respects their right to academic freedom in preparing their courses. OLLI courses are intended to be learning experiences for our members, offered for the sake of expanding their horizons. Courses are not intended to be commercial or client recruiting opportunities for business products and services.

Using PowerPoint

PowerPoint is available on all classroom computers. We highly recommend taking time with your presentation and asking the OLLI staff if you have questions about what works best for presentations for our members.