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EXTERNAL LEARNING RESOURCES

A wide range of learning opportunities is available to Tellico Villagers through the internet and area educational institutions. These external resources can provide additional exposure to an array of topics and disciplines.

THE GREAT COURSES   

The Great Courses programs invite some of the most successful college professors in the country to create lectures on their topics of particular areas of expertise in an engaging manner for the adult learner. Topics include every area imaginable: science, math, fine arts, languages, literature, religion, philosophy, history, business disciplines, better personal living, and professional skills. These courses could be interesting listening for long road trips or air flights.

TVU may be able to purchase some of these courses in the future, pending funding. Recommendations or requests are welcomed. http://www.thegreatcourses.com/greatcourses.aspx

 

LINKS TO ON-LINE LEARNING

Villagers who enjoy individual self-directed on-line learning should check these sources. Most require a fee for purchase, but some are free.   Contact the source directly for more information on any course offering of interest.

TENNESSEE ELECTRONIC LIBRARY (TEL)

The Tennessee Electronic Library (TEL) is a free virtual library that can be accessed from your home PC, your school library computer lab, or your iPhone – anywhere with an internet connection. TEL provides access to over 400,000 electronic resources, including magazines, scholarly journals, podcasts, videos, e-books, test preparation materials, federal census records, Tennessee primary source materials, and more!
All types of not-for-profit libraries participate in TEL and benefit from the wide range of information TEL databases offer, including homework help to new readers, consumer health information, business resources, leisure reading suggestions, current event essays, academic and civil service test preparation help, and genealogy and family history sources.  Over 1.2 million searches are performed each month across the various TEL databases.  Since 1999, the Tennessee Electronic Library has been dedicated to providing equal access to this expansive collection of electronic resources for all Tennesseans.

TEL is administered by the Tennessee State Library and Archives, a division of the Tennessee Department of State. Access this library at http://tntel.tnsos.org/about.htm.

 

OSHER FOUNDATION COURSES AT VANDERBILT

13The Osher Foundation financially supports lifelong learning programs through one major university in each state. Vanderbilt University manages this program in the Nashville area. Many of their courses, taught by Vanderbilt faculty, retired faculty and other area expert professionals, are videotaped and available for free viewing at your individual leisure. For a list of these courses and a direct link to them, visit their website. Most of these videotaped lectures are about one hour – more or less – in length.

The concept of the Great Courses programs is to invite some of the most successful college professors in the country to create lectures on their topics of particular areas of expertise in an engaging manner for the adult learner. Topics include every area imaginable: science, math, fine arts, languages, literature, religion, philosophy, history, business disciplines, better personal living, and professional skills. These courses could be interesting listening for long road trips or air flights. http://www.vanderbilt.edu/olli/video/past-video-playlist.php

THE GREAT COURSES   

The Great Courses programs invite some of the most successful college professors in the country to create lectures on their topics of particular areas of expertise in an engaging manner for the adult learner. Topics include every area imaginable: science, math, fine arts, languages, literature, religion, philosophy, history, business disciplines, better personal living, and professional skills. These courses could be interesting listening for long road trips or air flights.

TVU may be able to purchase some of these courses in the future, pending funding. Recommendations or requests are welcomed. http://www.thegreatcourses.com/greatcourses.aspx

COURSERA

Coursera is an education platform that partners with top universities and organizations worldwide to offer courses online for anyone to take for free.  Courses are developed and delivered on-line by partner institutions around the world.  Their approach allows learners to be involved in a course at their own pace, obtain feedback from assignments, and receive interaction with others as they wish.  Their list of over 400 courses is impressive.  https://www.coursera.org/

 

KHAN ACADEMY22

Khan Academy is an organization on a mission. It is a not-for-profit organization with the goal of changing education for the better by providing a free world-class education for anyone anywhere.

All of the site’s resources are available to anyone. It doesn’t matter if you are a student, teacher, home-schooler, principal, or an adult returning to the classroom after 20 years. Khan Academy’s materials and resources are available to you completely free of charge. https://www.khanacademy.org/

 

SENIOR LEARNING NETWORK FOR INDEPENDENT LEARNING

15SLN provides some free and low cost video programming on a wide range of topics that are of interest to seniors as part of their lifelong learning. Some programs require membership.

Tellico Village residents may find interesting, free and /or affordable topics to pursue independently. Individual membership is $50 per year and entitles members to enjoy their programs at no additional cost. http://www.seniorlearningnetwork.com/

 

TED TALKS  16

TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of free short, powerful presentations by qualified speakers. TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today it covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages. Meanwhile, independently run TEDx events help share ideas in communities around the world. Each “talk” is relatively short – usually about 18 minutes. And best of all . . . it is all free – all on-line. You may find some interesting mini lectures on various topics here that satisfy your need for something intellectual.   http://www.ted.com/about/our-organization

 

DUOLINGO

Duolingo is a free website that contains on-line instruction in many foreign languages.  https://www.duolingo.com/

 

LEARNING ADVISOR

Learning Advisor is in partnership with AARP Life Reimagined resources. There is a list of on-line courses taught by college professors. Specific information about the professor and his institution is provided by clicking the photo representing the course. Read more about this interesting and free source of on-line courses at http://learningadvisor.com/courses 

 

ED2GO

17ed2go provides high quality online continuing education courses that are affordable and easy to use through a network of more than 2,100 top colleges and universities. As a virtual online college, they offer the latest instructor-led online courses from the top professionals in their field. Courses are offered in Accounting and Finance, Business, College Readiness, Computer Applications, Design and Composition, Health Care and Medical, Language and Arts, Law and Legal, Personal Development, Teaching and Education, Technology, Writing and Publishing. http://www.ed2go.com/AboutUs.aspx

 

OTHER INSTITUTIONS’ PROGRAMS FOR LIFELONG LEARNING

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Local higher education institutions offer lifelong learning programs on a variety of topics. The Tennessee Board of Regents supported Tennessee Law so that senior citizens are able to audit college credit courses tuition free.

Contact the resources directly using the contact information provided below for more information on any course offering of interest. If you are interested, you can see a copy of this code at the end of this website:

2010 Tennessee Code Title 49 – Education Chapter 7 – Postsecondary and Higher Education Generally Part 1 – Miscellaneous Provisions 49-7-113 – Disabled and elderly persons Auditing or enrollment.

This code for tuition free-courses does not apply to Personal and Professional Development courses that are typically offered for no credit at a reduced fee.

 

UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE

UT provides programs of various types for personal interest. These websites list course offerings and provide enrollment directions.

UT Knoxville also complies with the Tennessee Board of Regents policy to admit senior aged Tennessee residents to audit courses tuition free, but will require some nominal administrative/registration fee. http://www.outreach.utk.edu/
UT Personal Development The UT Personal Development offers a variety of short classes, most of which are in the $60-125 range. http://noncredit.utk.edu/Personal/.

UT Non Credit courses. This site provides the complete catalogue of non-credit courses.

http://noncredit.utk.edu/catalog/

UT Seniors for Creative Learning.   This site provides a flyer describing the Seniors for Creative Living site with classes held in Knoxville. http://noncredit.utk.edu/Documents/Seniors.pdf

 

CLEVELAND STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE       

Tennessee residents age 60 or over may audit classes free of tuition and registration fees at Cleveland State Community College. Persons who qualify for these designations still must pay the application fee, late fee and lab fees. http://catalog.clevelandstatecc.edu/content.php?catoid=5&navoid=205#Disabled_and_Senior_Citizens

 

PELLISSIPPI STATE TECHNICAL AND COMMUNITY COLLEGE  

Tennessee residents 65 years of age or older are eligible to enroll in courses at Pellissippi State Technical and Community College on a space-available basis for credit without payment of maintenance, campus access, student government, international education, student recreation center, technology, sustainable campus and late fees. A service fee not to exceed $70 per semester will be charged. The application fee and all applicable special course fees also will be charged. Non-credit courses are available for a fee, usually about $99 plus any required materials. http://catalog.pstcc.edu/content.php?catoid=4&navoid=114

http://www.ed2go.com/pstccedu/

 

ROANE STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Persons 60 years of age or older who live in Tennessee are eligible to enroll at Roane State Community College in courses for audit without payment of tuition, technology, student activity fees, or registration fees. All remaining fees including special course fees will be assessed at the normal rate. http://www.roanestate.edu/catalog/?id=287

 

OAK RIDGE INSTITUTE FOR CONTINUING LEARNING (ORICL)

ORICL is not a state supported institution. It does provide a varied curriculum of interesting topics offered at their Oak Ridge location. A paid membership in ORICL affords participants opportunities to enroll in many courses at a low fee. http://www.roanestate.edu/?8465-ORICL-Oak-Ridge-Institute-for-Continued-Learning

 

PUBLIC LIBRARY AT TELLICO VILLAGE COURSES

The Public Library at Tellico Village is part of the Loudon County public library offered for county residents. The library offers a scheduled series of courses on various topics of interest to all Loudon County residents. This schedule is published on the library website at:

Lecture series: http://www.tvlibrary.org/#Free_Educational_Lecture_Series

Interested residents should check this schedule and register for courses at the library. Some courses incur a small fee that goes to the library.

 

 SMOKY MOUNTAIN FIELD SCHOOL    

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As a cooperative effort between Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the University of Tennessee, the Field School offers unique opportunities to Explore, Learn and Enjoy in one of the nation’s premier national parks through indoor workshops and outdoor field adventures. Participants may choose from over 30 experts teaching more than 80 sessions to enhance their appreciation of nature and the wealth of diversity within our Smoky Mountains and southern Appalachians.

Their website lists their current courses and registration information. Tellico Village residents are invited to investigate this source and participate in those programs of interest. http://www.smfs.utk.edu/

 

ROAD SCHOLAR PROGRAMS    20

Road Scholar elderhostel specializes in travel adventures for lifelong learning. Road Scholar, the not-for-profit leader in educational travel since 1975, offers 5,500 educational tours in all 50 states and 150 countries. Alongside local and renowned experts, experience in-depth and behind-the-scenes learning opportunities, from cultural tours and study cruises to walking, biking and more. Check this website for planned trips, to obtain a catalogue of planned trips, and other facts about this unique program for senior adult aged persons who enjoy traveling.

http://www.roadscholar.org/  

 

TRAVELOGUES

Do you have interesting photos or video of your vacation? Would you be interested in sharing those experiences with your photos and videos with other Tellico Village residents? We can arrange for a 30 – 45 minute travelogue with you as the narrator.

 

SPEAKERS’ BUREAU

Many of our Tellico Village residents are able to present interesting programs on a variety of topics to local organizations. Tellico Village organizations are invited to contact these speakers and inquire about their needs, such as more information about the topic, credentials of the speaker, fees, and length of time of the program. Arrangements are made directly between the organization and the speaker.

Tellico Villagers are invited to submit their recommendations to this list to enable other organizations to benefit from their experiences with these speakers.

 

TITLE and DESCRIPTION OF PROGRAM SPEAKER/Contact Information
Authors’ Guild of Tennessee (AGT) is a group of published authors in Tennessee who work together to promote the books they have written and to share the costs of marketing them. AGT members sell their books through national and regional outlets, this website and at book signings and other events. The reading experience is enhanced by getting to know the author personally as well as details about the book and its inspiration that are not usually known. This may be a good resource for book clubs to meet with the author of a book written by one of these AGT members. http://authorsguildoftn.org/ You can schedule directly with any of these authors.   Most of these speakers are not Tellico Village residents.
   
What do we know about adult learners? Cindy Solomon Ph.D developed, chaired and taught in the Tusculum College MAED programs that focused on adult education, human resource development and organizational development. Her 30 minute program focuses on what research — and common experience – tell us about adults as learners; and why a lifelong learning experience is integral to living a healthy life as we age.   She covers research findings with a focus on how these findings are applied in programs around the country.   These findings also form the basis for the development of Tellico Village University. Cindy may be contacted at csolomonphd@att.net and865-408-1520
   
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