Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes

Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes (hereafter OLLI or Osher) provides noncredit courses and activities for adults aged 50 years or older. In addition to the noncredit courses offered, the range of activities available depends on the specific location of the OLLI and may include tours of local places of interest, amateur theater groups, lecture series, choral groups, and anything of interest to the members of the group. This entry provides an overview of OSHER’s origins, structure, and programs, then highlights other international lifelong learning organizations.

Origins, Structure, and Programs

Osher is an American addition to the lifelong learning movement (this has focused mainly on the idea of the importance of ongoing development of human potential throughout the life span) which has been centered mainly in Europe and now ...

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