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.

On line meetings allow coordinators to invite guest speakers.  For speakers/presenters who are needing a refresher for setting up their PowerPoint presentations or live streaming a video, curriculum offers step by step instructions in both Power Point and  Word docx.  Instructions include both Chrome and Fire Fox browsers.

Video recorded courses:

When PLATO courses went to the online format during the pandemic, two of them started recording their outside speakers. These recorded sessions are available to PLATO members. Both courses---Whither the State coordinated by Dennis Dresang, and Pathways to Sustainability coordinated by Richard Steeves-- are among our popular courses. The guest speakers have dealt with engaging current topics. Now that the Spring semester is winding down, members can continue their on-line PLATO learning with these videos.

Pathways to Sustainability focuses on the challenges we face as we adapt to a sustainable society. Some of the topics in the recordings include:

On the Back of Tortoises, by Dr. Elizabeth Hennessy, Associate Professor of History and Environmental Studies, U.W.  She offers an overview of her research and studies of the Gal├ípagos archipelago and the iconic Galapagos tortoise.

The Atlantic Ocean's Circulation and Climate, by Dr. Elizabeth Maroon, Oceans and Climate lab. U.W.

Whither the State discusses topics that will affect Wisconsin and the United States in the coming years. Here is a sampling of the recorded sessions.

The Pandemic and Employment, a panel discussion with Scott Resnick, Tim Casper, and Kurt Sipple.

Social and Political Implications of Transportation Policy: Now and Future, a panel consisting of Aileen Switzer, Tom Lynch, and Kyle Shelton

Future of the Media: Misinformation, Bias and Facts, with Terry Shelton moderating a panel that included Neil Heinen, Dee Hall, and David Stoeffler.

There are two ways to access these recorded course sessions.

If you want to access only the list of course recordings from the two highlighted courses above, you can go to the COURSES page of the website. There you will find the link Video Recorded Courses under the left hand column titled TOPICS 2021

If you want to access all PLATO recorded material (courses and lectures) you will go to the Homepage of the website. There, you can click on the tab, PAST RECORDINGS in the blue bar across the top of the page.

Either way you will be able to listen to some important speakers and topics which affect us all.

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Video Recorded Courses

Recent video recorded course session links are located on PLATO's Past Recordings page and on Courses Video Recorded Courses web page.

Whither the State  May 4, 2021

All recorded sessions can be seen by clicking the Course Video button on Past Recordings page.  Past Recordings link listed in menu bar.

    2021 Courses Related Calendar

February 22
Spring courses begin – all courses online

May 11
Summer courses registration 

June 7
Summer courses begin  – all courses online

August 24
Fall courses registration

September 20
Fall courses begin 

December 14
Winter courses registration 

January 2022
3rd or 10th Winter courses begin

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PLATO Office Operations
UW-Madison Continuing Studies
21 N. Park St, 7th Floor, Madison, WI 53715
Phone: 608-262-5823
Fax: 608-265-4555

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