On February 18, 2014 our OLLI members partnered with UCLA Extension’s American Language Center to assist foreign students in refining their English. Our members helped by presenting a piece of their life story for examination and discussion. This is a phenomenon across many colleges campus whereby the young learn from opsimaths in the community. In a Friday April 11, 2014 Los Angeles Times supplement, a profile appeared on this subject which featured our own director, Lynda Wilson, providing the context of this concept: “Traditional learning is outcome-based, where students are motivated to learn primarily by external pressures from parents, teachers/trainers, employers, the consequences of failure, grade, certificates, etc.,” says Lynda Wilson, director of Humanities & Sciences, UCLA Extension. “Mature students don’t typically share this motivation. They are interested in the sheer joy of learning, so it is important courses aren’t designed to be strictly outcome-based. Lifelong learning courses also provide mature students with opportunities to stay engaged and meet new friends, which enhance longevity and vitality.”
Thank you to our OLLI participants!