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Osher at Dartmouth
7 Lebanon Street, Suite 107
Hanover, NH 03755-2112
Phone: (603) 646-0154
Fax: (603) 646-0138
Office Hours:
Monday - Thursday
8:30 - 4:30 PM
8:30 - 1:00 PM

Study Leader Information

Guide to Online Course Proposals

Course Terms:

Spring 2017

Term dates: March 20 – May 19, 2017

Summer 2017

Term dates: June 5 – August 11, 2017
Registration Opens: May 10

Fall 2017

Term dates: September 18 – November 17, 2017
Course proposals due: May 8, 2017

Fall 2017 Course Proposal

Winter 2018

Term dates: January 15 - March 9, 2018
Course proposals due:  August 15, 2017.

Winter 2018 Course Proposal

Spring 2018

Term dates: March 26 - May 17, 2018
Course proposals due: October 15, 2017

Spring 2018 Course Proposal

Fall 2018

Term dates: September 17 - November 16, 2018
Course proposals due: April 15, 2018

Submitting Course Proposals

In order to help you prepare your course proposal, the Osher at Dartmouth staff has compiled the following guide to filling out an online course proposal. Please use this guide as a reference only.

Using a Phone Tree

Should you need to cancel a class due to weather or unexpected personal circumstances, a phone tree is a reliable method of making sure that everyone in your class receives notice of the cancellation. This can be especially handy if some class members do not have email addresses. There are several variations on the phone tree, but the following method is quite easy.

In this example, our Study Leader is Parker, and there are five participants in Parker's class: Alice, Ben, Charles, Diane, and Ed.

  1. Parker, the Study Leader, calls Alice, who is the first person on the roster. When Alice answers her phone, Parker tells her that class is cancelled.
  2. After hanging up, Alice calls Ben, who is the next person on the roster. She gives him the news.
  3. After hanging up, Ben calls Charles, but Charles doesn't pick up. Ben leaves a message for Charles, but he needs to make sure the phone tree continues. He looks at his roster and sees that Diane is next on the list. Ben calls Diane. She picks up and Ben gives her the news.
  4. After hanging up, Diane calls Ed and gives him the news.
  5. After Ed hangs up, he calls the Study Leader, Parker, to confirm that the phone tree is complete.

This method insures that every member of the class speaks directly to another class member, while still leaving voice messages for those they do not speak to directly. Each person should keep the call short and sweet to make sure that everyone on the roster hears about the cancellation in a timely manner. Class members who receive a voice message are not required to call anyone else, as it's understood that the person who called them will call the next person on the roster.

No matter how you pass along word of a cancelled class, please remember to share this info with the Osher office!

Weather Conditions

To help your decision on whether or not to hold class, the following resources provide information on the local region.

WMUR ( is a NH television station that provides both weather and cancellation/delay notices for local school districts.

WCAX ( is a VT television station that provides both weather and cancellation/delay notices for local school districts.

If Hanover school districts ( cancel school, travel into Hanover may still be possible, but tricky.

If the town of Hanover ( has any concerns over travel, they will likely share it on their website.

Dartmouth College ( rarely cancels classes or shuts down due to weather, but if the College shuts down for the day, on-campus classrooms may not be available. 


Want to be an Osher at Dartmouth Study Leader?
We're looking for YOU!

E-mail for information!

  • Do you have passion for a subject?
  • Are you interested in leading a course?
  • Do you know of someone else that would be interested in teaching?
  • Are you enthusiastic about a subject and would love to share it, but aren't sure about teaching?
  • Have you considered team teaching?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you are in the right place!

Study leaders

Osher at Dartmouth is always looking for interesting people who have something interesting to talk about and share with their peers. Never taught before? We can help. Osher at Dartmouth's Study Leader Support Committee will help you frame and prepare your course.

If you have any questions, please contact or call (603) 646-0154.

If you are thinking about offering an Osher at Dartmouth course and need some guidance, please look through the Osher at Dartmouth's Study Leader Handbook (pdf) and consider taking "Developing Your Teaching Style" offered free by members of the Study Leader Support Committee.

If you are thinking about offering an Osher at Dartmouth study-travel course and need some guidance, please look through the Osher at Dartmouth Study Travel Handbook (pdf)

Documents and Guides for Study Leaders

Catalog Consistency Guidelines - a writing resource, most helpful when citing references in a document.

Guide to Equipment - a visual guide to equipment available for use in class.

Sample Course Descriptions - two examples of course descriptions and study leader biographies.

Short Checklist for Proposals - a great resource to help you prepare to submit a course proposal!

Discover Your Osher Teaching Style Course - a brief intro to teaching an Osher at Dartmouth course. Check our course catalog for our official "Discover Your Teach Style" class!

Last Updated: 4/20/17