Thanks for your interest in the PLUTO Institute for Online and Blended Learning. Future offerings have not yet been determined or scheduled, however any new offerings will be announced in the Provost’s e-newsletter to faculty.

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