Online Learning Guide

OLLI at Duke

Online OLLI student watching class on monitor

Welcome to Online Learning! If you are currently registered or planning on registering for an Online Course with OLLI at Duke, please review the following information.  (We recommend you bookmark this page.)

Zoom Links: Each Online course has its own Zoom link. You can find course links on the Courses page of your student portal. You will not be emailed the link to class. Click here to login. For more information, including a step-by-step video, please visit this page.  

*Please do not share the class link with anyone who is not registered for the class. Each OLLI member must register separately for a course. You may watch the course with another member, but both members must be enrolled in the course. Sharing the link with someone who has not registered is a violation of OLLI's Code of Conduct and could lead to the suspension of your membership privileges.

Recorded sessions: Video recordings are offered for many (but not all) of the online courses each term. Links to recordings can be found under the Zoom link in the student portal and will be accessible within 48 hours following the live session. Recordings are shared only with those members who are registered for the course, and sometimes with OLLI community partners. The recordings will expire 30 days after the last day of the term. See the most current newsletter for dates.

Class Check-In: We invite you to join your online class up to 15 minutes before the posted start time. During this time, you can ask questions and chat with the instructor and your classmates. We also use this time to confirm you are registered for the class, you have your name listed in your Zoom window, and make sure your Zoom tools are working properly. The OLLI staff person will begin promptly at the start time listed.

Your Name in Zoom Window: Please confirm your name (first and last) in your Zoom window. It should match the name you used to register for the class. We recommend you sign up for a free Zoom account using the name that matches your OLLI membership. By doing this, your name will be displayed correctly every time you log in to your class. OLLI staff will take attendance. If your name does not appear on the registration list, you risk being moved to the Waiting Room until you update your name.

Update Zoom: Zoom updates its software regularly. Instructions for how to update your Zoom software are in OLLI’s weekly newsletters. By keeping your Zoom app up-to-date, you will benefit from all the features that OLLI instructors may use. 

Transfers/drops/refunds: If you would like to transfer or drop a course, please review the refund policy located at


For more information on OLLI’s Online Learning program, simple how-to guides, or request tech help with Zoom, please visit

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