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PLUTO Online and Blended Program

Thank you for your interest in the PLUTO Program. Please be advised that PLUTO Institutes to develop new online and blended courses will not be offered during the 2018-2019 academic year (Winter 2019 and Summer 2019). The PLUTO team will be focusing on the university’s transition to a new version of Sakai, including supporting the transition of existing online and blended courses. We look forward to resuming PLUTO initiatives in Summer 2019 with a NEW program in support of traditional face-to-face courses using Sakai. The next PLUTO Institute for online and blended learning will take place in January of 2020.

Please email pluto@plu.edu with questions.

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

Participants also receive a copy of either  Essentials for Blended Learning – A Standards Based Guide, 2014, by Jared Stein and Charles Graham or Essentials of Online Course Design: A Standards Based Guide, 2016, by by Marjorie Vai and Kristen Sosulski.