The Lifelong Learning Institute at NLU

National Louis University Redefines Retirement

Every Monday through Friday, people like Evanston resident Dee Hannan and Bob Radunsky of Northbrook, can be found in the fourth-floor classrooms at National Louis University’s North Shore Campus in Skokie. Dee, a former elementary school teacher and NLU alum, and Bob, who was an executive of an international oil company for 35 years, chose to become involved in the university’s Lifelong Learning Institute because it offered such a distinctive peer-learning experience.

Hannan and Radunsky, along with more than 350 other Chicago and North suburban-area adults over age 55, are members of National Louis University’s Lifelong Learning Institute (LLI).  LLI’s courses provide a chance for adults of retirement age to explore new subjects and exchange opinions and ideas with contemporaries. Members tackle a wide range of topics they’ve suggested, like literature, film, science, current events, music and history in courses that meet weekly for two-hours. At each session, individual members volunteer as leaders and, by asking thought-provoking questions, a lively discussion by class participants ensues.

Radunsky, who has become an avid golfer and cyclist, says it’s been just as important to keep his mind fit since he quit working 8 years ago. “This program has been an incredible learning experience and the spirited discussions we have in our “What If” class definitely have kept me mentally stimulated.” 

Hannan, who is a talented weaver and active traveler, admits that “LLI is a big part of my life. I love the mental stimulation I don’t find anywhere else.”  She is currently co-coordinating a class on The Underground Railroad.

“Involve me” – the Advantage of Peer Learning
Benjamin Franklin said, “Tell me, and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me, and I learn.” His words describe the way the National Louis member-driven, peer learning program is run. LLI members are on the governing council, chair the operational committees and serve on those committees. Members propose and coordinate the study groups that are offered. And each week, members volunteer to lead the discussion in those study groups. The key is learning from one another. No grades, no exams – just exploring new subjects and exchanging opinions and ideas with contemporaries who consider learning an integral part of life. 

“This is truly remarkable and not the traditional way of education,” says, Joan Marks, Director of The Lifelong Learning Institute. “LLI values your individual experiences that enable all of you to work together to create meaning from multiple perspectives.”   “There is something for everyone who is looking for new ways to pursue interests they never had time for when they were working,” said Joan Marks,  “And, the best way for someone to really find out if this peer led program is right for them, is to experience it first-hand.” Marks encourages anyone who is interested to call and make a date to attend a class.  

How the program works
The cost of membership, $420 for the 2013-2014 academic year, includes two 15-week Fall and Spring semesters and two 5-week winter/summer sessions. Classes meet once a week for two hours and participants can take up to three classes a semester. Special rates are available for people who want to try out the program or just attend for one semester.

Current members say they enjoy the invigorating atmosphere at National Louis University’s conveniently-located North Shore Campus. Additional benefits include an opportunity to create a community of peers, meet engaging faculty, incomparable member customer service and free on-campus parking.

About the Lifelong Learning Institute

The mission of the Lifelong Learning Institute is to play a significant role in the lives of adults who seek continued intellectual growth and to provide opportunities for social interaction.

For more information on the Lifelong Learning Institute, visit www.nl.edu/lifelonglearning.

Locations
  • CHICAGO DOWNTOWN CAMPUS

    NLU’s Chicago campus on South Michigan Avenue occupies five floors of the historic Peoples Gas Building. This landmark building, across the street from the Art Institute of Chicago and Grant Park, is easily accessible by train, bus and car and is surrounded by restaurants, parking lots/garages and shops.

    122 S. Michigan Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60603
    (888) 658.8632

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  • ELGIN

    Conveniently located in a fast-growing business district off I-90 and Route 31, NLU Elgin features 10 classrooms with high-tech media equipment; a computer lab with high-speed Internet access; two conference rooms; and comfortable student lounges. Parking is free at this recently remodeled and upgraded teaching site, which now includes wireless Internet access.

    620 Tollgate Road
    Elgin, IL 60123
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  • NORTH SHORE

    Opened in the summer of 2006, NLU North Shore at Skokie is a state-of-the-art modern campus located just off the Edens Expressway near the Old Orchard Shopping Center. The campus includes 44 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a walk-in lab in the library; six conference rooms; a public café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; and multiple, comfortable student lounge areas.

    5202 Old Orchard Road
    Skokie, IL 60077
    (888) 658.8632

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  • LISLE

    Located just minutes from the East-West Tollway (I-88), NLU Lisle features 42 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a separate walk-in lab in the library; a café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; conference rooms; and six comfortable student lounge areas with wireless access.

    850 Warrenville Road
    Lisle, IL 60532
    (888) 658.8632

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  • WHEELING

    Located in one of Chicago's major northwest suburbs, the newly renovated NLU Wheeling includes 20 classrooms with high-tech media equipment, four conference rooms, four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, large student lounge areas with wireless capabilities and interactive video capabilities, and an extensive research library. The site also houses the university library research collection.

    1000 Capitol Drive
    Wheeling, IL 60090
    (888) 658.8632

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  • FLORIDA (TAMPA)

    Established in 1988 and located in one of the city's major business districts, NLU's Florida Regional Center serves students in 13 counties in central Florida. In addition to six classrooms, this location features a conference room, a computer lab with high-speed Internet access, an extensive research library and comfortable student lounges.

     

     

    5110 Eisenhower Boulevard Suite 102
    Tampa, FL 33634
    (800) 366.6581

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  • WISCONSIN

    NLU's Milwaukee campus has a proud history of serving graduate students in education in southeastern Wisconsin. Nearly one in five certified Wisconsin teachers looks to NLU for graduate education programs – more than any other university in the state. In addition to classrooms with high-tech media equipment, the campus offers a state-of-the-art computer lab with wireless Internet access and an extensive IDS research library.

    12000 West Park Place, Suite 100
    Milwaukee, WI 53224-3007
    (414) 577.2658

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