PLATO's ability to offer stimulating courses on a variety of subjects depends on its volunteer Course Coordinators.
If you are interested in coordinating a new PLATO course, please submit a Course Proposal Form to Curriculum Committee Co-Chair Kathy Brown (firstname.lastname@example.org.) It is not necessary to have all the details (such as location, day of the week, time, etc.) finalized before submitting a proposal. Feel free to contact Kathy for help in developing your idea.
The deadlines for submitting proposals for new courses are: Fall Semester – June 1; Winter Interim and Spring Semester – October 1; and Summer Interim – March 16.
Any member can propose a course. Some Coordinators are retired educators who are willing to continue sharing their knowledge, but most are people with strong interests and enthusiasms that they wish to explore with other people.
Course format is flexible. Examples include:
Lectures by a Coordinator or guests, films or videos followed by discussion.
Discussion of assigned readings.
Presentations by course participants.
In each case, the Coordinator or Co-Coordinators are responsible for facilitating class participation.
Course scheduling is flexible.
Fall and Spring semesters usually run 10 weeks.
Winter and Summer Interim usually run 3 to 5 weeks.
Exceptions adjusted to fit Coordinator’s needs and availability of space at selected host site.
The Curriculum Committee is here to help. Assistance includes:
Developing the proposal to attract participants.
Scheduling classroom space at a location with needed audiovisual equipment.
Locating a Co-Coordinator.
The Curriculum Committee will review the proposal. Once it is approved, you will be asked to submit a PLATO Course Description Form (Word version here), which will be the basis for what will appear in the course listing.
If you are coordinating a continuing PLATO course, you will also be asked to submit a Course Description Form (Word version here) for each semester or interim semester the course is offered.