University of Delaware volunteer instructor Glenn Rill has been a member of UD’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) for 10 years, and this semester became one of the many enthusiastic OLLI instructors to embrace the virtual classroom as part of OLLI’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Rill created this video to describe a few of OLLI’s virtual music offerings and invite new and returning participants to enroll in UD OLLI Online’s upcoming Spring 2021 semester.
[Click here to watch the video directly on YouTube.]
OLLI Wilmington member and instructor Glenn Rill has taught guitar singalong and play-along courses at OLLI for several years and has had a positive experience with the online class format. “Is it the same? No, but in some ways, it’s been better than ever, because it always feels so good to see everyone and chat and laugh with them,” said Rill. “Our Zoom gatherings are more important than ever.”
Added Rill, “COVID has certainly been a challenge for us. But at OLLI, we are stronger, because we did not let it dictate what we can accomplish.”
More than 200 UD OLLI Online courses are offered this spring in subjects like African American literature, iPhone photography, beginning band, craft circle, languages (American Sign Language, French, German, Italian, Latin, Spanish), investing, quantum physics, Laurel and Hardy, computer coding, gardening, genealogy, railroad history and much more.
OLLI classes focus on learning for fun and enrichment, with no exams or grades. Past OLLI membership is not required to join UD OLLI Online. Both new and returning OLLI participants are invited.
Spring 2021 classes start February 22 and April 5 in 11-week and 5-week formats. Free training and technical support is provided to participants.