For 21 different courses offered this fall by the Oak Ridge Institute for Continued Learning (ORICL), you don’t have to get dressed and drive to Roane State Community College’s Oak Ridge Branch Campus. All you have to do is open your email to the message about the class you registered for and click on the Zoom videoconferencing link. In less than two minutes, you will be admitted to the class.
On your computer screen, you will see yourself, your fellow classmates, and your instructor, who will speak, show Power Point slides., and offer you a chance to ask questions—all from the comfort and convenience of your home.
At least one of the classes—the Friday morning lecture series—will offer talks not only by local instructors but also by speakers from other cities and states.
Registration is still open for ORICL’s 21 online classes this fall. Visit the ORICL website www.roanestate.edu/oricl and click on “Online Registration” or call the ORICL office at (865) 481-8222 between 9 a.m. and noon Monday through Thursday for assistance.
The cost of an annual ORICL membership (three terms of classes) is $100.
If you enjoy participating in book groups, ORICL has online discussions of fiction, nonfiction, mystery novels, classical literature, and technical books.
Other courses include travelogues on Iceland and on the caves in France and Spain. History classes are being offered on Israel, American racism, and Native Americans.
Other online classes deal with stock option investing for income, caring for dementia patients, and various medical topics by a well-known retired doctor, ranging from vaccines to emergency preparedness and travel medicine.
If you like reading and exploring literary topics, you may want to register for these online courses: reading Shakespeare out loud, Homer’s “The Odyssey,” and “the poem as experience.”
If you’re looking for a challenge, consider taking classes in Russian or “cryptic varietal crossword puzzles.”
If you wish to boost your capacity for sympathetic joy and unbounded friendship through an understanding of Buddha’s heart teachings, you might find “Lovingkindness” fits your needs especially during this stressful time.
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