Nancy Hope, associate director of the KU Confucius Institute, has taught courses in Asian garden design, art, and architecture for the Osher Institute.

Going the distance

Interactive broadcasts and on-site courses open the world
to lifelong learners

World War I. The Inca empire. MGM musicals. These and about 35 other topics are being offered this spring in courses designed by KU’s Osher Institute of Lifelong Learning.Partner organizations such as community colleges, retirement centers, and museums offer the courses, often taught by KU faculty or staff, to students who are often 50 or older. Many of the courses through Osher, an affiliate of KU Continuing Education, are taught on-site, but the key to the program’s effectiveness is the interactive video broadcasts to four Kansas sites.

Seward County Community College in Liberal just became an Osher partner, and President Duane Dunn already sees the benefit: “We would not be able to bring the speakers and the programs to our community through other means, so this allows us to discuss and interact with experts on the different subjects.”

Distance technology, Dunn notes, has enabled his college to fulfill a central goal: providing Seward County residents with learning opportunities no matter their age — or their interests.



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