PLATO Courses

PLATO offers non-credit, participatory courses meant for seniors who want to continue learning, sharing and making new friends.The content and format of PLATO courses are determined by volunteer Course Coordinators and course participants. Any PLATO member can propose and coordinate a course.

Course format is flexible. Some possible formats are:

  • Lectures by a Coordinator and/or guest lecturers
  • Films or videos followed by discussion
  • Discussion of assigned readings
  • Rotating presentations by course participants
  • Sharing and discussion of creative writing by participants
  • Group tours with discussion organized by a Coordinator but led by museum or library staff

Course announcements will specify the amount of participation expected of course members, and whether members are expected to acquire books or other material before taking the course.

Most PLATO courses occur either during the Fall Semester, beginning in late September, or the Spring Semester, beginning in late February, and run 6 to 10 weeks. There are also Winter and Summer Interim courses, which may run for shorter periods.

Non-members of PLATO may attend one or two classes sessions on a trial basis before joining PLATO. Certain PLATO classes held in residential retirement facilities are open to non-member residents of those facilities.

Due to space limitations or other factors, some course announcements will ask you to contact the Coordinator to enroll in the course or be put on a waiting list. If pre-enrollment is not specified, you can just come to the first class session to become a participant in the course


In partnership with


Please Help

Make a onetime or recurring,
tax deductible contribution.

For more info about PLATO contact:

PLATO Office Operations, ATTN: Edie or Louise
c/o UW-Madison Continuing Studies
21 N. Park St, 7th Floor, Madison, WI 53715

Phone: 608-262-5823
Fax: 608-265-4555

PLATO is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization

Website by

Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software