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Peer Led Team Learning

(PLTL)

PLTL is an optional program incorporated into several courses within the department of Biological Sciences at Florida International University. Each week you will be meeting with a PLTL leader and a small group of students. A PLTL Leader is a peer who has taken the course before and will guide you through the worksheets each week. You are responsible for bringing your textbook/notes from class to the session or else you will NOT receive full credit for being there.

Florida International University PLTL Administrative Staff

Title
Name
Department E-Mail Telephone
PLTL Program Director Jose Alberte
Biological Sciences

pltl@fiu.edu

305-348-3511
PLTL Assistant Director Alberto Cruz
Biological Sciences

pltl@fiu.edu

305-348-3511
PLTL Assistant Director Nataly Rodriguez
Biological Sciences

pltl@fiu.edu


305-348-3511






Chair: PLTL
Coordinator: Biology Education, T.A. & Adjunct Services
Thomas Pitzer
Biological Sciences

Course Liaison & Administrative Assistant to Chair Kristy Calero
Biological Sciences



Director's Office Hours:

Office Room: OE 296
Office Hours: by appointment only
Office Phone: 305-348-3511
E-mail: pltl@fiu.edu


MAKE SURE YOU READ THE MESSAGE POSTS BELOW BEFORE YOU E-MAIL OR CALL THE OFFICE, CHANCES ARE YOUR GENERAL QUESTION WAS ALREADY ANSWERED HERE.


PLTL will begin on the following dates for each subject:

YOU SHOULD HAVE REGISTERED ALREADY BEFORE ATTENDING!!

General Biology I: Wednesday, January 21st; Sessions run Wed-Sat.

General Biology II: Wednesday, January 21st; Sessions run Wed-Sat.

Evolution: Monday, January 26th; Sessions run Mon-Wed.

Intermediate Human Physiology: Wednesday, January 21st ; Sessions run Wed-Fri.

Human Biology: Saturday, January 24th; Sessions run Sat-Tues.

Histology Lab: Monday; TBA; Sessions run Mon-Tues.

Ecology: Friday, January 23rd; Sessions run Fri-Tues.

General Microbiology: Wednesday, January 21st; Sessions run Wed-Fri.

Introduction to Microbiology: Friday, January 23rd; Sessions run Fri-Tues.


*For registration dates and information, please see the "How to Register" link.


If you still need additional help, within an hour of your registration start time, you are welcome to use the chatroom below. A member of the PLTL team will be available to assist.



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Section Schedule
by Alberto Cruz - Thursday, 15 January 2015, 12:52 PM
 
Students,

The schedule of available PLTL sections for this Spring 2015 semester is uploaded as an excel file on the front page of the PLTL website. Please search for your subjects tab on the bottom of the excel file to see the available sections.

-Albert
In the Netherlands
LOG-INS ARE ACTIVE
by Aida Margarita Ramon - Thursday, 15 January 2015, 07:42 AM
 
Students,

Log-ins are finally active. You should be able to log in using your PID as your username and password. If you are still having issues logging in, please e-mail us and notify us IMMEDIATELY; be sure to always add your full name, PID, and FIU e-mail.

DO NOT wait until enrollment begins to e-mail us.

Regards,
-Aida

In the Netherlands
NO OVERRIDES
by Aida Margarita Ramon - Friday, 29 August 2014, 08:44 AM
 

We DO NOT provide overrides for PLTL. Due to the high volume of e-mails, any e-mails that are sent requesting an override will not be answered.

If you are worried about participating in PLTL, you must continue to check the website to see if a session that fits into your schedule becomes available.Students do drop their sessions or switch out of their sessions. 

In the Netherlands
IMPORTANT ENROLLMENT INFO
by Aida Margarita Ramon - Monday, 13 May 2013, 09:41 AM
 
For important information enrollment please refer to the "Main Menu" box at the upper left-hand sand on when enrollment begins for

The "How To Register" explains the process and has the dates for when enrollment open for each subject.

Please read the information carefully before emailing us.

Thanks

Jose
FIUS & Other Room Names
by Jose Alberte - Wednesday, 16 January 2013, 04:28 PM
 

FIUS & Other Room Names

Students,
kEEP IN MIND ROOMS ARE NOT POSTED YET, BUT ONCE THEY ARE...

If your room says "FIUS" it stands for the FIU Football Stadium. Not the basketball arena, but the football stadium.

If you enter through the south side of the stadium(the side that faces Tamiami Park) then you can enter through Gate 4. From there, you will see an area with glass doors. Right next to those doors you will see an elevator. YOU HAVE TO GO UP THE ELEVATORS NEXT TO THE GLASS DOORS!! Go up to the second floor, and all of the PLTL rooms (214-221) are down the hall to the right. Remember to plan accordingly with time and do not be late!

Below you will see the names of some of the less common rooms on campus.

FIUS- FIU Football Stadium
LC- The Labor Center
RB- Ryder Business Building
GPA- Golden Panther Basketball Arena
ZEB- Ziff Education Building

When in doubt, you can always access the campus map on the main page of the FIU website. Here is the lik for you: http://campusmaps.fiu.edu/
Jose
Students enrolling in 2+ subjects
by Jose Alberte - Wednesday, 16 January 2013, 04:23 PM
 
Students enrolling in 2+ subjects:

Please read the following message carefully

Students who want to enroll into PLTL for multiple subjects may do so. In order to do so you must first enroll yourself into the subject that opens enrollment first (example: if Lola wants to enroll for Bio 1, which opens enrollment on Monday, and Ecology, which opens enrollment on Tuesday, she must enroll herself into Bio 1).

Once you enroll yourself into one subject the system will not allow you to enroll into another. At that point you must email us (pltl@fiu.edu) when enrollment opens for the second subject so that we can manually enroll you. DO NOT EMAIL US AT ANY TIME BEFORE ENROLLMENT OPENS. There are over 3000 of you and only 4 of us and it would be extremely inefficient for us to make a waiting list.

At the time that you sent the email, please include the following (failure do include the following info will delay the possibility of you getting into your second session...We are not mind readers):
  • Your full name (Lola Bola)
  • Panther ID (1234567)
  • Subject (Gen Bio I- BSC1010)
  • All the info for the section you want to enroll into- subject, section #, day, time, leader (copy and paste from the website)

If the chat room is active (check the chat room note on the PLTL webpage) you may also provide the information above through that medium and we will be able to help you one at a time.

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Room names
by Alberto Cruz - Monday, 3 September 2012, 11:01 PM
 
Students,

Below you will see the names of some of the less common rooms on campus.

FIUS- FIU Football Stadium
LC- The Labor Center
RB- Ryder Business Building
GPA- Golden Panther Basketball Arena
ZEB- Ziff Education Building

When in doubt, you can always access the campus map on the main page of the FIU website. Here is the lik for you: http://campusmaps.fiu.edu/

-Albert
In the Netherlands
No Requests
by Aida Margarita Ramon - Thursday, 23 August 2012, 02:17 PM
 

Students,

Please do not email us with request for when you want us to open a up more sections. We are not trying to be mean. It is just that the weeks for pltl DO NOT run Mon-Fri like a regular week, and the weeks are different for every subject. We can only open sections for a particular subject on certain days.

WE ARE UNABLE ACCOMMODATE EVERY SINGLE STUDENT. WE ARE TRYING OUR BEST.

Keep checking the website for updates. Sections MIGHT continue being added up until next week.

Thanks

In the Netherlands
No Overrides
by Aida Margarita Ramon - Thursday, 23 August 2012, 12:21 PM
 

Students,

When enrollment begins, there will be NO overrides for sections that are FULL. Keep checking the website because students will be enrolling and unenrolling so it is possible a spot will open up.

NO OVERRIDES FOR FULL SECTIONS. NO EXCEPTIONS.

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FIUS
by Alberto Cruz - Tuesday, 17 January 2012, 08:14 PM
 

Students and Leaders,

Before you ask what room FIUS is, please know that it is the Football Stadium. You may follow the link below for a campus map:

http://campusmaps.fiu.edu/mmc-map.pdf.

I am also attaching a word file with that same map with a giant yellow circle around the stadium. The rooms are the clubrooms (box seats) in gate 4 of the stadium.

*How to get there: Once you arrive at the stadium, it will be on the South side of the stadium (facing Tamiami Park). Enter through Gate 4, and to the left will be an elevator that will take you to the second floor club rooms. Once you exit the elevators, all of the rooms will be to the right. If you have any further questions, feel free to contact us at pltl@fiu.edu.


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