ILR is always looking for new instructors. Perhaps you've thought about a class that you think others would find interesting. We've put together a set of FAQs below to answer some questions you might have. If, after looking over that information, you feel you would like to teach a course, please go to the bottom section entitled Course Proposal Form, download and fill it out and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. A sample course proposal is shown below to help guide you through that process.
We would also add that there is no greater or longer lasting pleasure in life than learning new things. In preparing class material, in the wealth of information your students will bring to the class, and in the interactions you will have with neighbors and friends long after your class is over, you will find that teaching for ILR is a richly rewarding experience.
How long are ILR classes?
Classes usually last either five or six weeks with each session lasting two hours. We are experimenting with other formats including shorter periods of instruction and presentations of from two hours in one session to four or six hours over two or three weeks.
When are classes taught?
ILR offers a fall session and winter/spring session. Each session is broken into two parts. The fall session begins in September and again in late October. The winter/spring session begins in January and again in February.
What is the focus of ILR classes?
Classes often fit under the rubric of the arts, sciences, social sciences, literature, or history; however, any class which increases residents' ability to understand and enjoy life as well as better comprehend the larger environment in which we live is welcome.
How is material usually presented?
Most instructors use a combination of lecture and class discussion assisted by audio/visual supporting materials as well as student purchased or instructor provided textual material.
Where are classes held?
We utilize meeting rooms at HOA1, HOA2 and the Preserve.
Is any instructional help available?
Yes, several ILR instructors have offered to provide mentoring help. Names will be provided on request.
Are audio visual aids available?
Yes, ILR has such things as projectors, televisions, lapel microphones, screens and so forth. Help with setting these up is also available through each HOA.
How are expenses for class instructional materials reimbursed?
You would submit your receipts for course material to the ILR treasurer who would then mail you a check.
Are instructors paid by ILR?
No, this is largely a labor of love. Instructors of full class sessions (five or six weeks) do receive a stipend to cover incidental expenses such as travel and supplies and time.
After reading this, I am interested in offering an ILR class. What do I need to do?
Fill out a course proposal form and then forward it via email to the chair of the curriculum committee as shown on the form. He will then share your course proposal with the other members of the committee for approval and placement on the schedule and email that information back to you. That information will then be forwarded to the course scheduler who does all course scheduling and room assignments. We try to complete the course scheduling well in advance of the beginning of classes. There is a link to a blank course proposal form below as well as a sample completed course proposal to help guide you through the process.