The meeting was held on Friday, July 5, 2013 at 10am at the USF OLLI Meeting Room. The following members were present:  Bill Sapper, Will Schneider, Fred Barthmus, William Stanley, Nancy Stuart, Shirley Deeter, Nancy Marsh and Sheldon Busansky.    

 

The following members were absent: None

 

The following staff members attended: None

 

The following guests attended: Ray Ann Favata, Bruce Snyder and Tom Kochansky

 

The following agenda items were discussed:

 

1.  Welcome: Bill gave an overview of the agenda and welcomed Ray Ann, who is the new chair of the USF-OLLI Board of Advisors.

 

2.  Approval of minutes: Shirley moved that the minutes of the June meeting be approved. Fred seconded. The motion carried 8-0.

 

3.  Announcements: Bill stated that members of the Strategic Planning Committee would make a presentation, for information only, during the second half of the meeting. Nancy Marsh mentioned that the subject of the presentation, Blended Course Delivery, was not a new concept and that she will be attending a conference on the subject in Athens and will report back to the committee.

 

4. Subcommittee Reports

 

a. Shirley Deeter, Technology; Windows Computer Training Subcommittee: Shirley reported that Jay Hall is preparing a class on Google Calendar. The pilot will be presented using Senior Net folks as students.

 

b. William Stanley, History & Political Science Subcommittee: William attended the Catholicism class and the committee’s fears concerning course content proved to be unfounded. The course is well attended and the students are enjoying it.

 

c. Nancy Stuart, Humanities and the Arts Subcommittee:  Her  group has approved a course to be presented by Adele McCollum, a veteran instructor.  A course called Tea Service has been approved for the fall semester. Three new writing courses are being reviewed.

 

d. Nancy Marsh, Technology: Macintosh Computer Training Subcommittee: Her group has completed the conversion to Mountain Lion, to include the revision to the course manuals. The iPad courses are going well.

 

 

 

 

e. Sheldon Busansky, Science & Technology Subcommittee: Sheldon reported that Fred Zerla’s math course has been a success. The  Astronomy course is coming along and the Friday lecture on Life Care Plans is scheduled for August.

 

f. Fred Barthmus, Faculty Development: Fred started that he would like to see a policy enacted that would require all new instructors to attend the New Instructor Orientation.  He stated it as a motion which was seconded by Nancy Marsh. Fred feels that new instructors need to be made aware of the nature of the OLLI student body. Nancy Stuart asked how such a policy would be enforced. Would we cancel a course if the new instructor failed to attend the orientation? Nancy Marsh suggested that it is difficult to get the new instructors together and the subcommittee chairs might be required to take the orientation to the new instructors. Shirley asked if the orientation could be done on-line. Sheldon reminded the group that we have a difficult enough time recruiting volunteer instructors and this policy would make it harder. The motion failed 7-1 with only Fred voting in the affirmative.

 

5. Board Priorities: Ray Ann Favata stated that her main observations concerning the Board of Advisors are that they don’t seem to solve problems and that there is a lack of coordination among the various OLLI committees. Additionally, she suggested our chapter develop a Marketing Committee which would target members, finding ways to have them take more classes and attend more socials and lectures. Bill suggested such a committee should also talk to members who fail to renew their membership and try to find out why.

 

6. An Emerging Teaching Approach: Blended Course Delivery: Bruce and Tom, members of the Strategic Planning Committee, presented a video they had produced on the subject of Blended Course Delivery. The proposed course concept will include classroom instruction and at home on-line exercises. The initial pilot course proposal is for a 6 week PowerPoint course which would consist of three classroom sessions and three on-line sessions. The pilot will use instructors as students. Tom indicated he would like the course to start in the winter semester. Nancy Marsh suggested Bruce and Tom take a look at what USF and others have done with this concept.

 

7. Committee Business;. Bill announced that he will be stepping down as committee chair during the last quarter of 2013 and that Nancy Marsh has agreed to assume the chairmanship . Fred made a motion that Nancy Marsh be recommended to the Board as the next Chair of the Curriculum Committee. . Nancy Stuart seconded. The motion carried 7-0 with Nancy Marsh abstaining. Bill will remain a member of the committee as Electives subcommittee chair.

 

8. Retreat: The committee tentatively scheduled a retreat for September 20.

a. Bill would like to see the agenda include development of strategies by Ray Ann and the CC to implement her Board priorities for committee coordination and preparing a marketing plan.

b. Another major issue is the presentation of Jane Applegate’s list of faculty development priorities.  Other issues of concern, perhaps later in the year, are the loss of approximately one third of our membership annually and the related topic of pricing strategy of courses.

 

The committee will not meet in August. The next meeting will be held in the retreat format in mid September.

 

The meeting adjourned at 12:18 pm.

 

 Respectfully submitted,

 

 

 

Will Schneider

Secretary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                    

                        Curriculum Committee Meeting

                                          Draft Minutes

 

The meeting was held on Friday, July 5, 2013 at 10am at the USF OLLI Meeting Room.

 

The following members were present:  Bill Sapper, Will Schneider, Fred Barthmus, William Stanley

Nancy Stuart, Shirley Deeter, Nancy Marsh and Sheldon Busansky.

 

The following members were absent: None

 

The following staff members attended: None

 

The following guests attended: Ray Ann Favata, Bruce Snyder and Tom Kochansky

 

The following agenda items were discussed:

 

1.  Welcome: Bill gave an overview of the agenda and welcomed Ray Ann, who is the new chair of the USF-OLLI Board of Advisors.

 

2.  Approval of minutes: Shirley moved that the minutes of the June meeting be approved. Fred seconded. The motion carried 8-0.

 

3.  Announcements: Bill stated that members of the Strategic Planning Committee would make a presentation, for information only, during the second half of the meeting. Nancy Marsh mentioned that the subject of the presentation, Blended Course Delivery, was not a new concept and that she will be attending a conference on the subject in Athens and will report back to the committee.

 

4. Subcommittee Reports

 

a. Shirley Deeter, Technology; Windows Computer Training Subcommittee: Shirley reported that Jay Hall is preparing a class on Google Calendar. The pilot will be presented using Senior Net folks as students.

 

b. William Stanley, History & Political Science Subcommittee: William attended the Catholicism class and the committee’s fears concerning course content proved to be unfounded. The course is well attended and the students are enjoying it.

 

c. Nancy Stuart, Humanities and the Arts Subcommittee:  Her  group has approved a course to be presented by Adele McCollum, a veteran instructor.  A course called Tea Service has been approved for the fall semester. Three new writing courses are being reviewed.

 

d. Nancy Marsh, Technology: Macintosh Computer Training Subcommittee: Her group has completed the conversion to Mountain Lion, to include the revision to the course manuals. The iPad courses are going well.

 

 

 

 

e. Sheldon Busansky, Science & Technology Subcommittee: Sheldon reported that Fred Zerla’s math course has been a success. The  Astronomy course is coming along and the Friday lecture on Life Care Plans is scheduled for August.

 

f. Fred Barthmus, Faculty Development: Fred started that he would like to see a policy enacted that would require all new instructors to attend the New Instructor Orientation.  He stated it as a motion which was seconded by Nancy Marsh. Fred feels that new instructors need to be made aware of the nature of the OLLI student body. Nancy Stuart asked how such a policy would be enforced. Would we cancel a course if the new instructor failed to attend the orientation? Nancy Marsh suggested that it is difficult to get the new instructors together and the subcommittee chairs might be required to take the orientation to the new instructors. Shirley asked if the orientation could be done on-line. Sheldon reminded the group that we have a difficult enough time recruiting volunteer instructors and this policy would make it harder. The motion failed 7-1 with only Fred voting in the affirmative.

 

5. Board Priorities: Ray Ann Favata stated that her main observations concerning the Board of Advisors are that they don’t seem to solve problems and that there is a lack of coordination among the various OLLI committees. Additionally, she suggested our chapter develop a Marketing Committee which would target members, finding ways to have them take more classes and attend more socials and lectures. Bill suggested such a committee should also talk to members who fail to renew their membership and try to find out why.

 

6. An Emerging Teaching Approach: Blended Course Delivery: Bruce and Tom, members of the Strategic Planning Committee, presented a video they had produced on the subject of Blended Course Delivery. The proposed course concept will include classroom instruction and at home on-line exercises. The initial pilot course proposal is for a 6 week PowerPoint course which would consist of three classroom sessions and three on-line sessions. The pilot will use instructors as students. Tom indicated he would like the course to start in the winter semester. Nancy Marsh suggested Bruce and Tom take a look at what USF and others have done with this concept.

 

7. Committee Business;. Bill announced that he will be stepping down as committee chair during the last quarter of 2013 and that Nancy Marsh has agreed to assume the chairmanship . Fred made a motion that Nancy Marsh be recommended to the Board as the next Chair of the Curriculum Committee. . Nancy Stuart seconded. The motion carried 7-0 with Nancy Marsh abstaining. Bill will remain a member of the committee as Electives subcommittee chair.

 

8. Retreat: The committee tentatively scheduled a retreat for September 20.

a. Bill would like to see the agenda include development of strategies by Ray Ann and the CC to implement her Board priorities for committee coordination and preparing a marketing plan.

b. Another major issue is the presentation of Jane Applegate’s list of faculty development priorities.  Other issues of concern, perhaps later in the year, are the loss of approximately one third of our membership annually and the related topic of pricing strategy of courses.

 

The committee will not meet in August. The next meeting will be held in the retreat format in mid September.

 

The meeting adjourned at 12:18 pm.

 

 Respectfully submitted,

 

 

 

Will Schneider

Secretary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                    

                        Curriculum Committee Meeting

                                          Draft Minutes

 

The meeting was held on Friday, July 5, 2013 at 10am at the USF OLLI Meeting Room.

 

The following members were present:  Bill Sapper, Will Schneider, Fred Barthmus, William Stanley

Nancy Stuart, Shirley Deeter, Nancy Marsh and Sheldon Busansky.

 

The following members were absent: None

 

The following staff members attended: None

 

The following guests attended: Ray Ann Favata, Bruce Snyder and Tom Kochansky

 

The following agenda items were discussed:

 

1.  Welcome: Bill gave an overview of the agenda and welcomed Ray Ann, who is the new chair of the USF-OLLI Board of Advisors.

 

2.  Approval of minutes: Shirley moved that the minutes of the June meeting be approved. Fred seconded. The motion carried 8-0.

 

3.  Announcements: Bill stated that members of the Strategic Planning Committee would make a presentation, for information only, during the second half of the meeting. Nancy Marsh mentioned that the subject of the presentation, Blended Course Delivery, was not a new concept and that she will be attending a conference on the subject in Athens and will report back to the committee.

 

4. Subcommittee Reports

 

a. Shirley Deeter, Technology; Windows Computer Training Subcommittee: Shirley reported that Jay Hall is preparing a class on Google Calendar. The pilot will be presented using Senior Net folks as students.

 

b. William Stanley, History & Political Science Subcommittee: William attended the Catholicism class and the committee’s fears concerning course content proved to be unfounded. The course is well attended and the students are enjoying it.

 

c. Nancy Stuart, Humanities and the Arts Subcommittee:  Her  group has approved a course to be presented by Adele McCollum, a veteran instructor.  A course called Tea Service has been approved for the fall semester. Three new writing courses are being reviewed.

 

d. Nancy Marsh, Technology: Macintosh Computer Training Subcommittee: Her group has completed the conversion to Mountain Lion, to include the revision to the course manuals. The iPad courses are going well.

 

 

 

 

e. Sheldon Busansky, Science & Technology Subcommittee: Sheldon reported that Fred Zerla’s math course has been a success. The  Astronomy course is coming along and the Friday lecture on Life Care Plans is scheduled for August.

 

f. Fred Barthmus, Faculty Development: Fred started that he would like to see a policy enacted that would require all new instructors to attend the New Instructor Orientation.  He stated it as a motion which was seconded by Nancy Marsh. Fred feels that new instructors need to be made aware of the nature of the OLLI student body. Nancy Stuart asked how such a policy would be enforced. Would we cancel a course if the new instructor failed to attend the orientation? Nancy Marsh suggested that it is difficult to get the new instructors together and the subcommittee chairs might be required to take the orientation to the new instructors. Shirley asked if the orientation could be done on-line. Sheldon reminded the group that we have a difficult enough time recruiting volunteer instructors and this policy would make it harder. The motion failed 7-1 with only Fred voting in the affirmative.

 

5. Board Priorities: Ray Ann Favata stated that her main observations concerning the Board of Advisors are that they don’t seem to solve problems and that there is a lack of coordination among the various OLLI committees. Additionally, she suggested our chapter develop a Marketing Committee which would target members, finding ways to have them take more classes and attend more socials and lectures. Bill suggested such a committee should also talk to members who fail to renew their membership and try to find out why.

 

6. An Emerging Teaching Approach: Blended Course Delivery: Bruce and Tom, members of the Strategic Planning Committee, presented a video they had produced on the subject of Blended Course Delivery. The proposed course concept will include classroom instruction and at home on-line exercises. The initial pilot course proposal is for a 6 week PowerPoint course which would consist of three classroom sessions and three on-line sessions. The pilot will use instructors as students. Tom indicated he would like the course to start in the winter semester. Nancy Marsh suggested Bruce and Tom take a look at what USF and others have done with this concept.

 

7. Committee Business;. Bill announced that he will be stepping down as committee chair during the last quarter of 2013 and that Nancy Marsh has agreed to assume the chairmanship . Fred made a motion that Nancy Marsh be recommended to the Board as the next Chair of the Curriculum Committee. . Nancy Stuart seconded. The motion carried 7-0 with Nancy Marsh abstaining. Bill will remain a member of the committee as Electives subcommittee chair.

 

8. Retreat: The committee tentatively scheduled a retreat for September 20.

a. Bill would like to see the agenda include development of strategies by Ray Ann and the CC to implement her Board priorities for committee coordination and preparing a marketing plan.

b. Another major issue is the presentation of Jane Applegate’s list of faculty development priorities.  Other issues of concern, perhaps later in the year, are the loss of approximately one third of our membership annually and the related topic of pricing strategy of courses.

 

The committee will not meet in August. The next meeting will be held in the retreat format in mid September.

 

The meeting adjourned at 12:18 pm.

 

 Respectfully submitted,

 

 

 

Will Schneider

Secretary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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