• Looking for Syllabi for Fall Term 2021? Go to OLLI Online and SelectFall 2021 Syllabi Tab: http://portfolio.du.edu/ollionline

  • OLLI ONLINE REGISTRATION for FALL CLASSES STARTS AUG. 10--Term Runs from Sept. 14 to Nov. 6--Join Us! See Registration Instructions Below

  • How to use OLLI ONLINE Registration Software

  • ProClass Registration Process-click here to download


  • Announcements

  • Interested in Facilitating?

    Please send an email to  barbaraolliboulder@gmail.com




  • OLLI Boulder - Contact Information

  • Boulder OLLI Location
    Mountain View United Methodist Church    
    355 Ponca Place
    Boulder, CO 80303
    Barbara Darling
    OLLI Boulder Site Manager
    Sherry Feinbaum
    OLLI Boulder Administrative Assistant
    Barbe Ratcliffe
    Executive Director of OLLI at DU
    OLLI's Main Office
    University College at DU
    2211 South Josephine Street
    Denver, CO 80208
  • We Love Volunteers!

  • OLLI members and volunteer facilitators are the heartbeat of the institute and are the reason it will thrive while keeping the fees low.

    Volunteering is a direct way for members to have input into the decisions and direction of OLLI.

    Volunteering is a rewarding and stimulating experience, and another way to meet new people.

    If you are interested in helping out on a committee or just one time at an event, contact barbaraolliboulder@gmail.com for more information.  We need you!

    What Is a Class Assistant Volunteer?

    One of the required questions to answer when registering for OLLI at DU ONLINE classes is whether or not you would be a Class Assistant. This position is a volunteer support role to a class Facilitator. and members volunteer to serve as such in a class for which they have enrolled. With OLLI ONLINE classes, the Class Assistant role is slightly different than for in-person classes. A class assistant for online courses is typically made a co-host for the class, which gives that person additional privileges and enables the class assistant to move members from the Waiting room to the Classroom once members have opened their Zoom classroom link. The Class Assistant is provided with a class roster of names and checks that attendance list against the names in the Waiting room to verify the person is a bonafide member and then admits the member to the class. This is required at each class meeting. Typically, the Class Assistant and the Facilitator (and the Classroom OLLI Host, if needed) open a class 15 to 30 minutes prior to the start time to allow transfering members from the Waiting room to the Classroom and to allow for members to chat casually prior to the prompt start of the class. Depending upon the needs of the Facilitator, a Class Assistant may also be asked to monitor the Chat or Hands Raised among the member participants and make the Facilitator aware of questions or issues. If there are any announcements from OLLI at DU, the Class Assistant would make those at the beginning of the class. It's really a great way to get to know other members and to truly help our volunteer Facilitators!

    So, give it a try! Check “yes” on the registration form for a class for which you’d like to volunteer to support the Facilitator and OLLI! There is a Zoom training available for new Class Assistants, too! Volunteers will be notified of training dates.

    What Is a Zoom Tech Support Volunteer?

    A Zoom Tech Support volunteer has become a new position for OLLI's online classes. This volunteer role requires a strong understanding of the OLLI at DU Zoom platform and a basic understanding of common computer issues (controlling sound volume and a few log-on problems some members may have, for instance). The Zoom Tech Support members volunteer to serve as such in an OLLI class for which they have enrolled. They primarily support the Facilitator, but may also need to support a member prior to the start of class. The Zoom Tech Support volunteer is not tasked with helping members during the Facilitator's class time, but will need to help the Facilitator potentially if the Facilitator is having a technical problem (Screen Sharing, for instance). Usually, there are very few technical issues after the first class as members and facilitators tend to iron out issues quickly.

    So, be bold! Check “yes” on the registration form for a class for which you’d like to volunteer to support the Facilitator and OLLI as a Zoom Tech Support volunteer! There is a Zoom training available for new Zoom Tech Support volunteers, too! Volunteers will be notified of training dates.

    Everyone Has Something Valuable to Add as a Volunteer!

    Would you consider volunteering for OLLI Boulder? We have a variety of opportunities available, including being a class assistant, joining our marketing committee and being a part of our curriculum committee.

    Members Charlie Erdrich and Susan Labovitz spent several hours handing out information sheets about OLLI at Senior Law Day, answering questions and promoting OLLI for us. The morning event was held at the Jewish Community Center in Boulder.

    Erdrich leads OLLI Boulder’s marketing committee and Susan is part of that group—and she also volunteers as a class assistant. Erdrich is also a co-facilitator for OLLI Boulder’s documentary film courses. They both represent the heart of the OLLI culture, which is built upon a spirit of volunteerism.

    Erdrich enjoys his volunteer experiences. “Volunteering in support of OLLI Boulder has been very rewarding over the past two years. In addition to being on the development committee, I have enjoyed being responsible for marketing. In that regard, we participated in Boulder County Senior Law Day in 2018, before our inaugural term started, and it proved to be beneficial in attracting new OLLI members. We are glad we did it again this year, as we were able to hand out literature and promote OLLI Boulder’s benefits and course offerings to Boulder County seniors.”

    “It is easy to be an OLLI Volunteer because I truly believe in this nonprofit organization,” said Labovitz. “I was wondering how I would occupy myself after I retired last year. OLLI has provided me with a great vehicle for learning, meeting interesting and involved learners, as well as other dedicated and talented volunteers, and becoming part of a community of dedicated educators. I help out as a Classroom Assistant, serve on the Health and Well-being Curriculum Committee, and am part of the Marketing Committee. The curriculum committee allows me to help select topics, find facilitators, and work with facilitators on their course design. The Marketing Committee is a natural fit because I love sharing my enthusiasm for OLLI with the public at festivals and at other events that target seniors.

    “Please volunteer if you can,” she said. “There are lots of ways to become more involved with OLLI. Everyone has something valuable to add. “


  • About the Osher Foundation

  • The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at the University of Denver is a membership program designed for men and women age 50 and over, who wish to pursue lifelong learning in a relaxed non-competitive atmosphere.  There are no tests, no grades, no academic requirements - just a desire for learning and a penchant to be curious.

    Thanks to the generosity of the The Bernard Osher Foundation, OLLI at the University of Denver joins a network of 120 Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes across the United States that are meeting the needs of older learners who want to learn simply for the joy of learning and personal fulfillment.

    Read more: www.osherfoundation.org.

    OLLI needs believers like Bernard Osher. The development and delivery of quality educational programs for 50+ adults is important for sustaining quality of life and healthy minds. If you would like to help fund scholarships, programming or our research, please contact us at our office, 303-871-3090.



  • Links to OLLI at DU's Campuses

  • Link to OLLI Central Portfolio Page


    John Baumgartner, resourcesc@comcast.net

  • Link to OLLI East Portfolio Page
    Paul Simon,  ollidueast@gmail.com 303-300-9940 
  • Link to OLLI on Campus Portfolio Page


    Joanne Ihrig, joanne.ihrig@du.edu


  • Link to OLLI South Portfolio Page


    Darcey VanWagner, darcey.vanwagner@du.edu

  • Link to OLLI West Portfolio Page


    Susan Schmetzer, susanolliwest@gmail.com

  • Special Acknowledgment

  • Boulder Jewish News

This portfolio last updated: 27-Sep-2021 1:35 PM