What is PLUTO?

PLUTO stands for PLU Teaching Online. It represents a set of initiatives which support faculty in the development of blended and online courses.


PLU is working to grow online course offerings for summer terms and J-Term to meet the diverse needs of students. Online courses keep students connected to campus and can help reduce time to matriculation. Blended courses combine the best of face-to-face and online learning elements to provide students and faculty with flexible options for technology-rich instruction. With offering blended and online courses, PLU supports and promotes high-quality learning experiences consistent with PLU values. PLUTO supports faculty during course design and delivery and often impacts instructors’ teaching and use of technology in all their courses.

Who is PLUTO for?

At this time, PLUTO programs are open to PLU professors who are tenured, tenure-track, or visiting.

When and Where does PLUTO take place?

Faculty interested in designing an online or blended course participate in a program which includes an institute, online activities, cohort meetings, and personalized consultations. The institute takes place twice a year, 9:00-2:00 on Mondays during J-Term or Fridays during Summer Term II.

How can faculty participate?

Interested faculty should first talk to their department chair and/or dean and select a course to design as blended or online. The next step is to fill out the application form located on the PLUTO website. The PLUTO team will then schedule a meeting with the faculty member to discuss the program and determine if the program is a good fit for the instructor and the course.

Laptop Request Form

Information & Technology Services has a very limited number of laptops being made available for check out to faculty, staff and students for use during the temporary distance learning period.

Anyone needing to request a laptop is asked to submit a Help Desk ticket with a Request Type of Equipment Reservation Request.  Priority will be given based on factors such as (but not limited to) health concerns, mission critical processes, and type of instruction.

Please submit your request as soon as possible.  Those approved will be able to pick up a laptop at the Help Desk in Mortvedt library anytime after 2:00pm on Monday, March 9th.