After 20 years as the Learning in Retirement (LinR), the program has changed names to the Lifelong Learning Program (LLeaP). Our new name more clearly reflects that adults of all ages are welcome. Our website and email addresses have changed, but our mailing list, credits, and dedication to engaging non-credit learning remain!
Our lectures and workshops will be online only until further notice. You can read about our approach as well as participant feedback about our new online format here. When it’s safe to do so, the Lifelong Learning Program (LLeaP) looks forward to offering both in-person and online offerings. Currently, our lectures and workshops are being offered via Zoom. We provide instructions, workshops, and resources to improve participants’ Zoom experience.
Our registration process has changed. Please see our registration page for details. We will be updating some policies as well.
The LLeaP Team continues to work remotely. Please do not hesitate to contact us via email (email@example.com) or leave a voicemail at (613-520-3699) with your questions or concerns. Jessica or Nora will promptly return your call from a Carleton University Lifelong Learning Program cell phone.
The Lifelong Learning Program (LLeaP) (formerly known as Learning in Retirement) is a non-credit program, open to adults of all ages who are interested in lifelong learning. LLeaP provides the opportunity to learn for personal satisfaction while participating in a community of lifelong learners who enjoy reading, listening to, and discussing topics of common interest. There are no required readings, exams, or age limits.
We offer a unique variety of lecture series, writing workshops, and language workshops taught by experts. Because we strive to keep the program affordable, we keep our fees as low as possible, aiming only to cover the costs we incur while preparing and staffing each session.
Topics offered include art history, music, science, politics, history, religion, social studies, philosophy, memoir writing, language, and more.
One-time single lecture presentations complement our regular sessions.
New since Fall 2020: We are offering lectures and workshops online, via Zoom. You can read participant feedback about the new format here. When it’s safe to do so, we look forwarding to offering both in-person and online offerings.
We announce upcoming session’s registration dates on our website. To have the information sent directly to you, join our email list, which we use to announce the beginning of each registration period, as well as the upcoming lecture titles and links to details. We never share your information with other groups, and you can unsubscribe at any time.
Currently, Lifelong Learning Program lecturers have the option to publicly share their lecture slides/resources. If these files are shared with the LLeaP office, they will be sent out to participants via email within 2 business days. The Lifelong Learning Program respects copyright laws and intellectual property rights and will not post content should a lecturer choose not to publicly share their intellectual property.
Yes! At the end of each series/workshop/lecture participants will receive an email inviting them to provide their feedback on that offering, and the program as a whole. Participants’ anonymous feedback is gathered into a report that is reviewed by Lifelong Learning Program, and passed on to the lecturer. The Lifelong Learning Program encourages feedback and invites participants to email or call us directly should they have any immediate concerns.
Registration is required for all lecture series, workshops and single lecture presentations and a variety of registration options are available. Please visit our website at carleton.ca/lifelong/registration/ for our registration details and dates.
Yes, LLeaP is proud to offer gift certificates that can be applied to any lecture series/workshop/single lecture presentation fee, main campus parking or supply fee(s) associated with LLeaP. To purchase a gift certificate, please go here.
Yes. If a class is full you have the option of being placed on the lecture series waiting list. All waiting list requests are processed in sequence by the date/time they were received. Lifelong Learning Program staff monitor waiting lists daily. When a space becomes available the person at the top of the list will be contacted via email and given the opportunity to register and pay for the lecture series. If the first person on the list declines the spot, we then move to the next person on the waiting list.
LLeaP hires Carleton faculty, contract instructors, and some experts from the community to offer two-hour lectures, and six-week (two hours each) lecture series on academic topics. We also offer some writing workshops. If you have a topic that you think is appropriate for our program, send us some information about yourself and the topic to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our fees vary for lectures, lecture series, workshop series, and language workshops. Each offering’s fee is listed along with its description (see the session page(s) within our Lectures and Workshops website section. Fees are typically raised a small amount each year to cover the costs involved in running the program. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we have moved to an entirely online lecture and workshop format until further notice. While adjusting to and building best practices for the new format, we temporarily lowered our fees for the fall. Fees have now been restored to the levels set for Spring 2020.