Information for Prospective Instructors

Edmonton Lifelong Learners Association (ELLA) Annual Spring Sessions

ELLA is a not-for-profit, volunteer run organization founded in 2001 to provide high quality and affordable non-credit lifelong learning to adults 50+. ELLA’s mission is to offer courses that stimulate both mind and body by exploring a range of topics in Fine Arts, Sciences, Humanities, fitness and leisure.

From 1972 to 2000, the University of Alberta, Faculty of Extension offered an annual three-week Spring Session for older adults. In 2001, when the Faculty of Extension could no longer run the program, ELLA was formed to continue the program in partnership with the University.

The Faculty of Extension provides some infrastructure support, office space and a dedicated Academic Liaison. The University provides classrooms in the Faculty of Education.

ELLA is responsible for:

  • Researching and selecting courses and instructors, for confirmation by the Faculty of Extension.
  • Publicizing the program.
  • Organizing and managing all aspects of the program in facilities provided by the University.

For academic courses, the Faculty of Extension usually requires that instructors have at least a Masters degree or “equivalent experience”. All courses are non-credit, with no or few prerequisites, no exams and no homework. Although there is no homework, many of ELLA’s very enthusiastic students appreciate receiving suggestions for optional readings. Some instructors email notes and internet links to students who are interested.

Single-period courses run 70 minutes a day, five days a week, for a total of 17.5 instructional hours. Through the Faculty of Extension, ELLA pays all instructors a fee of $1,500 per single-period course. Instructors for the double-period art instruction classes will receive $3,000. Fees are reviewed each year and adjusted as necessary to maintain competitiveness with other academic programs.

You can view previous Spring Session course guides to see the types of courses offered.

Instructors who are interested in teaching an ELLA course are invited to contact:

Program Development Coordinator –  Gay Maddin