Moderator Info and Resources

The success of OLLI depends entirely on the volunteers who teach.

Before each term, the Curriculum Committee offers a session for new moderators to help familiarize them with how OLLI works and offer useful guidelines and tips for planning and running OLLI courses.

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
University of Cincinnati
PO Box 210093
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0093

Phone: 513-556-9186

Email: or

Find addresses, maps, and parking information for all OLLI venues here.

Victory Parkway Campus (VPC): Park in the OLLI Lot or Visitor Lot accessed from Cypress Street. You will be provided a hangtag for parking, or you may write "OLLI PARKING" on a piece of paper and leave it on your dashboard.

Adath Israel (ADI): Park at the BACK of the building. The entrance to the education wing where we hold classes is the last door on your left as you face the building from the back parking lot. ADI is a kosher facility, so absolutely NO food or drink may be brought into the building.

Room assignments are posted online and are available as handouts during the first week of each quarter at each venue.

In general, you may enter your classroom to set up no earlier than 10 to 15 minutes before your class begins. If another class is still in the room, please wait for them to exit before entering.

Inclement Weather: If UC is closed or delayed for weather, then all OLLI classes are cancelled while UC is closed. Information about UC closings may be found on local media or by calling 513-556-3333. Note: Adath Israel may close when UC is open: check local media.

Moderators of multi-week courses who wish to cancel their classes when UC is open are responsible for notifying all students in their classes by email or phone. Please make a decision by 6:30 a.m. on the day of your class and notify your students and the office promptly.

Moderator Illness or Emergency: Multi-week moderators: email or call your students as soon as possible to let them know that the class will not meet. If you are unable to do so, call the OLLI office at 513-556-9186. We encourage you to have a plan for emergency contact procedures and communicate it to your class at the first session. One-time program presenters: call your OLLI contact or the OLLI office at 513-556-9186 as early as possible.

Holidays: When UC is closed for a holiday, OLLI classes do not meet at Victory Parkway Campus. Adath Israel is closed for most Jewish holidays.

Make-Up Classes: In most cases, one additional class session can be added at the end of the term to make up classes missed because of weather, illness, travel, or holidays. You may decide with your class participants about whether or not to make up missed classes.

About a week before your course begins, you should receive an email with the names, email addresses, and phone numbers of the people registered for your class at that time. Call the OLLI office at 513-556-9186 if you do not receive this email. Please take roll on the first two days of class, collecting names and contact information for anyone who does not appear on your list, and informing the OLLI office so we can update enrollment information. Use this roster to share information with your students.

Your assigned classroom should contain the audiovisual equipment you requested. Assistance with equipment is available on a limited basis, so please attend any offered training sessions. A volunteer will be present to assist moderators of one-time programs.

Please keep handouts to a minimum. You may photocopy handouts at a commercial outlet, save the receipts, and submit them to the office for reimbursement (up to $50) at the end of your course. Please call and let us know if you need to exceed the $50 limit. To have copies made by the office, you must provide the originals at least one week in advance and pick up the copies from the office at 2220 Victory Pkwy., Admin 207, Cincinnati, OH 45206.

All moderators teach for OLLI as volunteers, so no fees or honoraria are paid.

Moderators of multi-week courses are offered a free membership during any quarter that they teach.

We are grateful to all the volunteers who share their knowledge and passions with the OLLI community. Without you, OLLI could not exist. THANK YOU!

Resources for Moderators

New Moderator Orientation

Friday, October 8, 1-3:30 pm
Via Zoom. New moderators will receive a Zoom meeting invitation and information a few days in advance. 

Safety and Emergency Procedures