Institute for Learning in Retirement

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The Institute for Learning in Retirement at Miami University promotes opportunities for individuals 50 and older to enrich their lives as they explore areas within science, the arts, society, technology, literature, languages, business, economics, and other subjects of interest. In addition, opportunities are presented to become acquainted with community needs and to link individual talents and interests to those needs.

Fall Registration NOW OPEN!

Because your health and safety are our highest priorities, all fall classes will be presented online using Cisco Webex Meetings. Instructional Webex sessions will be offered; it’s easier than you think! Whether you’re across town or anywhere in the world, relax and enjoy ILR this fall—October 5 through November 6—from the comfort and safety of your home. Hurry! Registration closes on September 28.

Join us this fall, October 5 through November 6, for our first blockbuster virtual semester.

There are two options for participating in ILR each semester: as a member or a non-member.

An ILR member is anyone who pays the semester fee and registers for ILR courses. (No enrollment or annual fee is required.) The semester fee entitles you to register for an unlimited number of courses that semester. After you’ve participated as a new member for your first semester, you’re considered a returning member for future semesters.

An ILR non-member does not pay the semester fee and is welcome to register for ILR Special Events only (no courses). Because there are no Special Events this fall, non-member registration is not available this semester. The exception to this is for non-members who are being registered as the guest of a member. In that instance, there is no delayed registration.

To register, see Option 1: Register Online or Option 2: Register by Mail.

Step 1: Create your schedule

Explore classes offered this semester. Note your favorites!

Step 2: Register online

Complete the online registration, signing up for the classes and special events you selected in step one.

Step 3: Complete the emergency medical form

Complete the required emergency medical form once per academic year (fall-spring). Note: Because fall classes will be virtual, only registrants in the wine-tasting class are required to submit the emergency medical form this fall.

Return the form to ILR via:

  • Mail: 106 MacMillan Hall, 531 E Spring St., Oxford, OH 45056
  • Fax: 513-529-5896
  • Email: ILR@MiamiOH.edu

Step 1: Create your schedule

Explore classes and events offered this semester in our course catalog or online. We send course catalogs to current members each fall and spring. If you're not on our current membership list, you can request a course catalog online. Keep track of your favorites by circling and highlighting them!

Step 2: Complete the course registration and emergency medical form

For completion of the course registration and emergency medical form, you have two options.

  • Print the forms from your computer and fill them out by hand. The forms can also be found on pages 23 and 25 of the ILR Fall 2020 course catalog PDF.

Step 3: Complete registration

Complete your registration by sending these forms to ILR via:

  • Mail to 106 MacMillan Hall, 531 E Spring St., Oxford, OH 45056
  • Fax: 513-529-5896
  • Email: ILR@MiamiOH.edu

What is ILR “membership”?

A member is someone who has paid the fee for the membership period during which a course or special event is scheduled to occur. Only members may register for courses. Non-members may register for special events but must pay a non-member surcharge, not to exceed 25% of the member price. Non-member registration opens one week after regular registration begins. The exception to this is for non-members who are being registered as the guest of a member. In that instance, there is no delayed registration. Membership periods – 2 per year: Jan. 1–June 30; July 1–Dec. 31. If an event occurs between semesters and before registration for the ensuing semester, member status shall be based on the person’s status in the preceding semester.

How do I become a member? What is the membership fee?

Joining ILR is as easy as filling out a registration form or registering online. Membership in the ILR entitles participants to take as many classes per session as their schedule will allow, participate in operating the ILR, and attend special events. Course offerings and social events are regularly reviewed to broaden interest and participation.

The ILR membership fee is $115 per term. This fee allows you to take as many courses as you wish. Additional fees may be charged for travel, materials, etc. according to course requirements; additional fees are mentioned above the course descriptions in the course listing.

Membership cancellations and Special Event cancellations must be made through the ILR office and are charged a 25% administrative fee. No refunds will be given for membership or Special Event cancellations made within two weeks of the start date of the membership term or Special Event.

How can I register for courses and events?

Do one of the following:

How will I receive confirmation of registration?

Those who register using a valid email address will receive an email confirmation. Prior to the start of classes, students will also receive an email containing their student schedule. Those without email will receive these items by mail. Please read the confirmation and student schedule information carefully. Do not attend classes for which you are waitlisted and/or are not registered.

How can I add or drop a class after I’ve registered?

Do one of the following:

  1. Copy your confirmation number (received via confirmation email (or snail mail for those without email)) and follow these steps:
    1. Go to the ILR website and click on the Register Online link from the home page.
    2. On the opening screen, scroll to the bottom. Just below the Register button is Already Registered? (NOTE: Some computers show this at the top of the screen.) Click there, enter your email address and confirmation number, and press OK.
    3. On the next screen, select the Modify button. BE VERY CAREFUL not to check the checkbox; that's the Unregister option. On the Modify Registration screen, the column on the far right has a link to "Information | Registration." Clicking Information allows you to modify your personal info such as name, address, etc. Clicking on Registration allows you to add/drop classes. Click on Registration.
    4. You'll see the complete list of all ILR courses and events. Those you've already chosen will say Remove from Agenda. If you want to delete one, click on Remove from Agenda. To add another course, click on Add to Agenda.
    5. Press all the Next and Finish keys at the bottom of each screen to complete the registration. When you see the blue/green circles turning, you'll know you've successfully completed your registration.
  2. Alternatively, feel free to contact the ILR office with your changes.

How will I access my online classes?

Prior to the start of the first week of ILR classes, you will be emailed your student schedule as well as individual invitations for connecting to each of your online classes. You will then be able to connect to your classes in one of three ways:

  1. Webex app:

We strongly recommend that you download and install the Cisco Webex Meetings app. It takes only a minute and you only need to install it once. Be sure to select the option for Webex Meetings. Always use your first AND last name when installing the app. Because your name will appear with your camera image in class, and we won’t recognize you without it.

Once installed, pin the app to your taskbar (look for Cisco Webex Meetings in your applications list, open the folder, right click on the app (blue/green/white circle), select “pin to taskbar.”

Once scheduled, all of your classes will appear in the app. You’ll know a course has been scheduled once you receive an email invitation to join it. When it’s time to join your class—as an alternative to joining from the email invitation—simply open the app, refresh it, find your class, and press the green “Join” button. IMPORTANT: Every time you open the app, be sure to refresh it by clicking the small circle containing an arrowhead.

  1. Student schedule:

Your online class(es) will appear on your student schedule with a link. When it’s time for class, simply open your schedule and click the link to join your class. IMPORTANT: We recommend that you install the Webex app (see #1 above) even if you plan to always join your classes from your schedule. Installing the app will enable better functionality during class. We DO NOT recommend joining your classes using a browser. If you do choose to use a browser, use Google Chrome or Firefox. Safari doesn’t work well with Webex.

  1. Email invitation:

You will receive an email invitation with join link for each of your classes. We recommend creating an email folder for your ILR classes and filing these invitations for easy retrieval. To join the class, simply open the email for the class and click the green “Join” button. IMPORTANT: We recommend that you install the Webex app (see #1 above) even if you plan to always join your classes from the emailed invitation(s). Installing the app will enable better functionality during class. We DO NOT recommend joining your classes using a browser. If you do choose to use a browser, use Google Chrome or Firefox. Safari doesn’t work well with Webex.

Is Webex training available?

Yes. After registering for your ILR classes, sign up for a Webex training session here. We’ll have you confident and ready to go in under an hour.

How do I install the Webex app?

We strongly recommend that you download and install the Cisco Webex Meetings app. For tablet or smart phone, go to its app store and search for Cisco Webex Meetings. It takes only a minute and you only need to install it once. Be sure to select the option for Webex Meetings. Always use your first AND last name when installing the app and joining a Webex meeting. Because your name will appear with your camera image in class, and we won’t recognize you without it.

How do I join a Webex class for the first time?

Prior to your class date, you will receive a Webex meeting invitation email from Judy Macke with information for accessing your class through Cisco’s Webex. Because there are a few different ways to join, the email will contain multiple links, only one of which is for you. Important: Do not delete the email until after the class.

If you’ve registered for multiple classes, we suggest you create an email folder for ILR classes, then subfolders by class name or day of the week, i.e. Midday Lecture Series or Monday classes, etc. File your Webex meeting invitations in these folders for easy retrieval on class day.

For full functionality, we highly recommend that you download and install the Webex app. See “How do I install the Webex app?” above.

Method 1 - Computer, Tablet, or Smart Phone

Simply click the green “Join meeting” at the time of the session. Watch this helpful Webex video.

  • At the time of the session, go to your saved Webex email meeting invitation (sent from Judy Macke), click on “Join Meeting,” and, when prompted, enter your name and email address.
  • The best experience is with the Cisco Webex Meeting app installed. If you haven’t installed it prior to joining your first meeting, you’ll be prompted to install it the first time you click on the green “Join Meeting” button in your email meeting invitation.
  • The first time you do this you may be asked which app to open. Choose “Webex Meeting”.
  • If you choose NOT to download the app and, instead, choose to join from a browser, use only Chrome or Firefox. Note that not all Webex functions are available when joining from a browser instead of the app.

Method 2 - Standard Phone or Cell Phone

The Webex meeting invitation email will have a number to use. You will be asked to provide the meeting number and password also found in the email.

  • It is important to know the call is long distance, probably to San Francisco. Therefore, you may be charged extra for the call depending on your service.
  • Since this method is voice only, you will miss any video used in the presentation.

How do I get a parking permit?

Miami University visitor parking permits are required for the Oxford campus only. To obtain your free permit, you must complete this electronic permit request. A paper permit is no longer required, but electronic permit instructions must be strictly followed.

Are there disability accommodations?

Those with disabilities who require accommodation (e.g., interpreters for the hearing impaired) must contact the University at least 24 hours in advance of the date of the event in order for Miami University to accommodate their needs. If you have a special request, please contact the Office of Disability Resources, 513-529-1541 (voice/TDD).

What is the cancellation and refund policy?

Membership cancellations and Special Event cancellations must be made through the ILR office and are charged a 25% administrative fee.

No refunds will be given for membership or Special Event cancellations made within two weeks of the start date of the membership term or Special Event.

Can I buy a gift certificate?

Give a gift that is certain to please your friends, loved ones, or even yourself. ILR gift certificates offer an ideal opportunity to introduce someone to lifelong learning at Miami. They’re available any time and always a perfect fit. To order, call the ILR office at 513-529-8500.

Who can I contact with other questions?

Contact ILR via email or phone at 513-529-8500.

Registration

Join us this fall, October 5 through November 6, for our first blockbuster virtual semester.

There are two options for participating in ILR each semester: as a member or a non-member.

An ILR member is anyone who pays the semester fee and registers for ILR courses. (No enrollment or annual fee is required.) The semester fee entitles you to register for an unlimited number of courses that semester. After you’ve participated as a new member for your first semester, you’re considered a returning member for future semesters.

An ILR non-member does not pay the semester fee and is welcome to register for ILR Special Events only (no courses). Because there are no Special Events this fall, non-member registration is not available this semester. The exception to this is for non-members who are being registered as the guest of a member. In that instance, there is no delayed registration.

To register, see Option 1: Register Online or Option 2: Register by Mail.

Option 1: Register Online

Step 1: Create your schedule

Explore classes offered this semester. Note your favorites!

Step 2: Register online

Complete the online registration, signing up for the classes and special events you selected in step one.

Step 3: Complete the emergency medical form

Complete the required emergency medical form once per academic year (fall-spring). Note: Because fall classes will be virtual, only registrants in the wine-tasting class are required to submit the emergency medical form this fall.

Return the form to ILR via:

  • Mail: 106 MacMillan Hall, 531 E Spring St., Oxford, OH 45056
  • Fax: 513-529-5896
  • Email: ILR@MiamiOH.edu

Option 2: Register by Mail

Step 1: Create your schedule

Explore classes and events offered this semester in our course catalog or online. We send course catalogs to current members each fall and spring. If you're not on our current membership list, you can request a course catalog online. Keep track of your favorites by circling and highlighting them!

Step 2: Complete the course registration and emergency medical form

For completion of the course registration and emergency medical form, you have two options.

  • Print the forms from your computer and fill them out by hand. The forms can also be found on pages 23 and 25 of the ILR Fall 2020 course catalog PDF.

Step 3: Complete registration

Complete your registration by sending these forms to ILR via:

  • Mail to 106 MacMillan Hall, 531 E Spring St., Oxford, OH 45056
  • Fax: 513-529-5896
  • Email: ILR@MiamiOH.edu

FAQs

What is ILR “membership”?

A member is someone who has paid the fee for the membership period during which a course or special event is scheduled to occur. Only members may register for courses. Non-members may register for special events but must pay a non-member surcharge, not to exceed 25% of the member price. Non-member registration opens one week after regular registration begins. The exception to this is for non-members who are being registered as the guest of a member. In that instance, there is no delayed registration. Membership periods – 2 per year: Jan. 1–June 30; July 1–Dec. 31. If an event occurs between semesters and before registration for the ensuing semester, member status shall be based on the person’s status in the preceding semester.

How do I become a member? What is the membership fee?

Joining ILR is as easy as filling out a registration form or registering online. Membership in the ILR entitles participants to take as many classes per session as their schedule will allow, participate in operating the ILR, and attend special events. Course offerings and social events are regularly reviewed to broaden interest and participation.

The ILR membership fee is $115 per term. This fee allows you to take as many courses as you wish. Additional fees may be charged for travel, materials, etc. according to course requirements; additional fees are mentioned above the course descriptions in the course listing.

Membership cancellations and Special Event cancellations must be made through the ILR office and are charged a 25% administrative fee. No refunds will be given for membership or Special Event cancellations made within two weeks of the start date of the membership term or Special Event.

How can I register for courses and events?

Do one of the following:

How will I receive confirmation of registration?

Those who register using a valid email address will receive an email confirmation. Prior to the start of classes, students will also receive an email containing their student schedule. Those without email will receive these items by mail. Please read the confirmation and student schedule information carefully. Do not attend classes for which you are waitlisted and/or are not registered.

How can I add or drop a class after I’ve registered?

Do one of the following:

  1. Copy your confirmation number (received via confirmation email (or snail mail for those without email)) and follow these steps:
    1. Go to the ILR website and click on the Register Online link from the home page.
    2. On the opening screen, scroll to the bottom. Just below the Register button is Already Registered? (NOTE: Some computers show this at the top of the screen.) Click there, enter your email address and confirmation number, and press OK.
    3. On the next screen, select the Modify button. BE VERY CAREFUL not to check the checkbox; that's the Unregister option. On the Modify Registration screen, the column on the far right has a link to "Information | Registration." Clicking Information allows you to modify your personal info such as name, address, etc. Clicking on Registration allows you to add/drop classes. Click on Registration.
    4. You'll see the complete list of all ILR courses and events. Those you've already chosen will say Remove from Agenda. If you want to delete one, click on Remove from Agenda. To add another course, click on Add to Agenda.
    5. Press all the Next and Finish keys at the bottom of each screen to complete the registration. When you see the blue/green circles turning, you'll know you've successfully completed your registration.
  2. Alternatively, feel free to contact the ILR office with your changes.

How will I access my online classes?

Prior to the start of the first week of ILR classes, you will be emailed your student schedule as well as individual invitations for connecting to each of your online classes. You will then be able to connect to your classes in one of three ways:

  1. Webex app:

We strongly recommend that you download and install the Cisco Webex Meetings app. It takes only a minute and you only need to install it once. Be sure to select the option for Webex Meetings. Always use your first AND last name when installing the app. Because your name will appear with your camera image in class, and we won’t recognize you without it.

Once installed, pin the app to your taskbar (look for Cisco Webex Meetings in your applications list, open the folder, right click on the app (blue/green/white circle), select “pin to taskbar.”

Once scheduled, all of your classes will appear in the app. You’ll know a course has been scheduled once you receive an email invitation to join it. When it’s time to join your class—as an alternative to joining from the email invitation—simply open the app, refresh it, find your class, and press the green “Join” button. IMPORTANT: Every time you open the app, be sure to refresh it by clicking the small circle containing an arrowhead.

  1. Student schedule:

Your online class(es) will appear on your student schedule with a link. When it’s time for class, simply open your schedule and click the link to join your class. IMPORTANT: We recommend that you install the Webex app (see #1 above) even if you plan to always join your classes from your schedule. Installing the app will enable better functionality during class. We DO NOT recommend joining your classes using a browser. If you do choose to use a browser, use Google Chrome or Firefox. Safari doesn’t work well with Webex.

  1. Email invitation:

You will receive an email invitation with join link for each of your classes. We recommend creating an email folder for your ILR classes and filing these invitations for easy retrieval. To join the class, simply open the email for the class and click the green “Join” button. IMPORTANT: We recommend that you install the Webex app (see #1 above) even if you plan to always join your classes from the emailed invitation(s). Installing the app will enable better functionality during class. We DO NOT recommend joining your classes using a browser. If you do choose to use a browser, use Google Chrome or Firefox. Safari doesn’t work well with Webex.

Is Webex training available?

Yes. After registering for your ILR classes, sign up for a Webex training session here. We’ll have you confident and ready to go in under an hour.

How do I install the Webex app?

We strongly recommend that you download and install the Cisco Webex Meetings app. For tablet or smart phone, go to its app store and search for Cisco Webex Meetings. It takes only a minute and you only need to install it once. Be sure to select the option for Webex Meetings. Always use your first AND last name when installing the app and joining a Webex meeting. Because your name will appear with your camera image in class, and we won’t recognize you without it.

How do I join a Webex class for the first time?

Prior to your class date, you will receive a Webex meeting invitation email from Judy Macke with information for accessing your class through Cisco’s Webex. Because there are a few different ways to join, the email will contain multiple links, only one of which is for you. Important: Do not delete the email until after the class.

If you’ve registered for multiple classes, we suggest you create an email folder for ILR classes, then subfolders by class name or day of the week, i.e. Midday Lecture Series or Monday classes, etc. File your Webex meeting invitations in these folders for easy retrieval on class day.

For full functionality, we highly recommend that you download and install the Webex app. See “How do I install the Webex app?” above.

Method 1 - Computer, Tablet, or Smart Phone

Simply click the green “Join meeting” at the time of the session. Watch this helpful Webex video.

  • At the time of the session, go to your saved Webex email meeting invitation (sent from Judy Macke), click on “Join Meeting,” and, when prompted, enter your name and email address.
  • The best experience is with the Cisco Webex Meeting app installed. If you haven’t installed it prior to joining your first meeting, you’ll be prompted to install it the first time you click on the green “Join Meeting” button in your email meeting invitation.
  • The first time you do this you may be asked which app to open. Choose “Webex Meeting”.
  • If you choose NOT to download the app and, instead, choose to join from a browser, use only Chrome or Firefox. Note that not all Webex functions are available when joining from a browser instead of the app.

Method 2 - Standard Phone or Cell Phone

The Webex meeting invitation email will have a number to use. You will be asked to provide the meeting number and password also found in the email.

  • It is important to know the call is long distance, probably to San Francisco. Therefore, you may be charged extra for the call depending on your service.
  • Since this method is voice only, you will miss any video used in the presentation.

How do I get a parking permit?

Miami University visitor parking permits are required for the Oxford campus only. To obtain your free permit, you must complete this electronic permit request. A paper permit is no longer required, but electronic permit instructions must be strictly followed.

Are there disability accommodations?

Those with disabilities who require accommodation (e.g., interpreters for the hearing impaired) must contact the University at least 24 hours in advance of the date of the event in order for Miami University to accommodate their needs. If you have a special request, please contact the Office of Disability Resources, 513-529-1541 (voice/TDD).

What is the cancellation and refund policy?

Membership cancellations and Special Event cancellations must be made through the ILR office and are charged a 25% administrative fee.

No refunds will be given for membership or Special Event cancellations made within two weeks of the start date of the membership term or Special Event.

Can I buy a gift certificate?

Give a gift that is certain to please your friends, loved ones, or even yourself. ILR gift certificates offer an ideal opportunity to introduce someone to lifelong learning at Miami. They’re available any time and always a perfect fit. To order, call the ILR office at 513-529-8500.

Who can I contact with other questions?

Contact ILR via email or phone at 513-529-8500.

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