The Work of the Curriculum Committee
Who guides PLATO in offering so many fascinating courses each quarter? The Curriculum Committee! Typically, 9 or 10 PLATO CC volunteers act as liaisons to over 80 course coordinators to prepare for those courses. Each Curriculum Committee member has volunteered to stay in touch with their assigned coordinators to make the magic happen.
About 3 months before the start of a new semester, the Curriculum Committee contacts coordinators asking for their plans for the next term. This is where the specifics are gathered: when, where, class size limit, type of participation level etc. It ’s all the information you see online when course schedules are announced. A new format was introduced during the pandemic, which is offering a few hybrid courses. This has been a learning experience for all involved as to how to make that occur. Much patience and trial-and-error has occurred over the past two years and will continue. The PLATO Technology Committee has also played a vital role in rolling out the course information on the website each semester.
The two leaders of the CC are Kathie Burman, who is Chair of the Committee, and Therese Stevens, who is the PLATO Course Planner. Other Committee members include Bill Eisinger, Paula McKenzie, John Serunian, Jayne Fisher, Barb Friberg, Paul Thompson, and Kathy Brown.
The Curriculum Committee is always looking for additional volunteers to join the team. If you are interested in learning more about the possibility of joining this Committee, please contact Kathie Burman at firstname.lastname@example.org