Thanks for your interest in the PLUTO Institute for Online and Blended Learning. The next institute is expected to be offered in Summer 2021; there will be no offerings of the PLUTO Institute in Summer 2020 or Winter 2021.

PLUTO OL/BL Program Fast Facts

  • Participants are eligible for a $500 institute stipend + $1000 blended or $1500 online course development stipend.
  • Summer institute meets 9:00-2:00 Fridays during summer term II.
  • Winter¬†institute meets 9:00-2:00 Mondays during j-term.
  • Courses must be taught within one year of completing the institute.
  • Blended courses may be taught any term; online courses must be taught during summer or j-term.
  • Program enrollment is limited; if necessary, priority is given to tenure-line faculty and higher enrollment courses.

Application Deadlines

Winter program applications due Nov. 15
Summer program applications due May 1

PLUTO OL/BL Program Curriculum

The PLUTO Online and Blended Learning Program is itself a blended learning experience. Our program includes:

  • Online lessons and activities
  • Four institute meetings
  • Course development assignments
  • Three cohort meetings
  • Individual consultation meetings
  • Course review and student feedback

Participants will be given access to a Sakai site that delivers online lessons and activities for the program. Online coursework and institute activities are organized around five themes:

  • Unit 1: First Steps
  • Unit 2: Setting-Up Your Course Site
  • Unit 3: Developing Instructional Components
  • Unit 4: Optimizing Communication & Engagement
  • Unit 5: Final Steps