We invite you to consider leading a BILL course. You don't have to be professionally trained or an expert; all you need is an informed interest in a topic and a desire to share that interest with others. BILL members are eager to learn new ideas, engage in stimulating discussion, expand themselves intellectually and culturally, and find once again the pleasure of learning. They tell us how pleased they are with BILL and how much they look forward to the next term's courses and special presentations. But it is not only class participants who are pleased; course leaders tell us again and again how much they enjoy working with such mature, motivated students.
Most courses have six class meetings, one each week over six weeks; a few courses meet only three times, one class each week. Classes meet for 1.5 or 2 hours in the late morning or early afternoon at several convenient community locations.
Proposing a BILL Course
Many prospective course leaders first send us their preliminary ideas for the content and format of a possible course. We will provide some feedback, with suggestions to help develop a more complete proposal. As you write the proposal, we recommend that you review course descriptions in a recent BILL catalog or check the Course Offerings section of the BILL website.
Follow-up to Your Proposal Submission
Your first submission is likely to get feedback in two stages. First, the chairperson of the Curriculum Committee will acknowledge receipt of the submission. She or he might have some preliminary suggestions for refining the title and description, as well as ask for clarification of the operational details. In the second stage, the proposal goes to the BILL Curriculum Committee. Members of the committee try to look at the course information from the point of view of a BILL member who is deciding whether to sign up for this course. Is the content understandable; is the approach clear; are there signs that it will appear to be interesting? After this, you might be asked to further sharpen up the course information.
After final approval by the Curriculum Committee, the chairperson will contact you. It might take a month or so before we will be able to tell you when and where your classes will take place because we have to work out which time blocks are available at the various classroom venues in the community.
Download suggestions for How to Structure your Proposal (pdf)
Download a Course Proposal Form (pdf)