Getting the Most out of Your iPhone

  • Oct. 24, 2011, 4:21 p.m.

Since 2006, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at the University of Oklahoma has provided a diverse range of unique learning opportunities to adults in the local community. Offering a variety of noncredit programs for adults aged fifty and older, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute gives participants the opportunity to learn from OU faculty with expert knowledge in subjects including music, art, science, foreign language, religion, and technology. While these programs are designed to be fun and engaging, the diverse content that they offer also illustrates that people can learn new things at any age, and there are always new things to learn, even in subjects one thinks one knows well.

Getting the Most out of Your iPhone, an Osher Senior Seminar that began October 17, exemplifies this aspect of OLLI. Taught by OU Internet Technology business analyst Tommy Bui, the course offers students an opportunity to learn more about an aspect of their daily lifestyle that they thought they already knew.

“I know many people who have an iPhone, but they only use it for making calls and text messaging,” Bui said. “There are so many features to be explored. Your iPhone is a Swiss Army tool with many functions.”

Bui is teaching students all the features that an iPhone is capable of out of the package. Through a combination of PowerPoint tutorials and hands-on learning exercises, participants are reviewing each of the iPhone’s default applications – email, phone calls, messaging, Safari, contacts and settings – in addition to helpful “tips and tricks” that not only demystify obscure functions of the popular device but can enhance their lifestyle by maximizing their product’s function and value.

“I hope the students will leave the course feeling confident that they know how to use a lot of the cool features the iPhone offers and show their friends and family what they learned,” Bui said.

Past participant evaluations have praised the course as informative and easy to understand, with a supportive atmosphere. The iPhone course has proved exceptionally popular, with seating filled to capacity.

Getting the Most out of Your iPhone is one of many programs provided through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Created with a grant from the Bernard Osher Foundation in California in 2006, OLLI at OU, one of 125 Osher Institutes across the nation, offers diverse and enlightening classes through programs including Mornings with the Professor, OU Book Club, Senior Seminars and Elderlearn. Further information on the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Oklahoma can be found at