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 2019 Registration is Now Open!

Join us this fall, October 7 through November 8, for another blockbuster 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). Non-members are charged up to a 25% surcharge for events that have a fee.

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

Step 1: Create your schedule

Explore classes and events 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).

Return the form to ILR via:

  • Mail or Deliver: 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 and we will drop one in the mail. Keep track of your favorites by circling and highlighting your favorites!

Step 2: Complete the course registration and emergency medical form

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

Option 1: Print the forms from your computer and fill them out by hand.

Option 2: Flip to the back of your hard-copy course catalog and fill out the forms there. Tear them out.

Step 3: Complete registration

Complete your registration by sending these forms to ILR via:

  • Mail or Deliver 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. 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 do I get a parking permit?

Miami University visitor parking permits are required for the Oxford campus only. To obtain your free permit, send an email with “Parking Permit Request” in the subject line to ilr@MiamiOH.edu. A permit will be sent to you via return email.

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 7 through November 8, for another blockbuster 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). Non-members are charged up to a 25% surcharge for events that have a fee.

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

Option 1: Register Online

Step 1: Create your schedule

Explore classes and events 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).

Return the form to ILR via:

  • Mail or Deliver: 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 and we will drop one in the mail. Keep track of your favorites by circling and highlighting your favorites!

Step 2: Complete the course registration and emergency medical form

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

Option 1: Print the forms from your computer and fill them out by hand.

Option 2: Flip to the back of your hard-copy course catalog and fill out the forms there. Tear them out.

Step 3: Complete registration

Complete your registration by sending these forms to ILR via:

  • Mail or Deliver 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. 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 do I get a parking permit?

Miami University visitor parking permits are required for the Oxford campus only. To obtain your free permit, send an email with “Parking Permit Request” in the subject line to ilr@MiamiOH.edu. A permit will be sent to you via return email.

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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