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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 and within a variety of different disciplines and universities across the world. Each week students in a course offering PLTL meet with a PLTL Peer Leader in small teams (6-12 students) performing tasks in a workshop format. A PLTL Peer Leader is a peer who has successfully completed the course and are trained to facilitate workshop for the course. The Peer Leader’s role is to guide current students through workshop content each week as a team. Students are responsible for bringing their textbook/notes from class to the session in order to receive full credit for being there. Further policies can be found on our syllabus.

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
PLTL Administrative Assistant
Shannon Gil

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 Roberto Pereira
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


PLTL ENROLLMENT IS THROUGH BLACKBOARD, THIS WEBSITE IS FOR INFORMATION PURPOSES ONLY.FOR DIRECTIONS ON HOW TO REGISTER, PLEASE LOOK AT THE TOP LEFT HAND SIDE FOR THE "HOW TO ENROLL" LINK.


PLTL will begin on the following dates for each subject:

YOU SHOULD HAVE REGISTERED ALREADY BEFORE ATTENDING!!


General Biology I: Wednesday, September 7th; Sessions run Wed-Sat.

General Biology II: Wednesday, September 7th; Sessions run Wed-Sat.

Evolution: Monday, September 12th; Sessions run Mon-Wed.

Intermediate Human Physiology: Thursday, September 8th; Sessions run Thurs-Sat.

Human Biology: Saturday, September 10th; Sessions run Sat-Tues.

Histology Lab: Monday; TBA; Sessions run Mon, Tues, & Thurs.

Ecology: Friday, September 9th; Sessions run Fri-Tues.

Foundations of Human Physiology: September 9th; Sessions run Fri-Mon.

Introduction to Microbiology: Friday, September 9th; Sessions run Fri-Tues.

General Microbiology: Wednesday, September 7th; Sessions run Wed-Sat.


*For registration dates and times, please see the "Enrollment Dates" link.



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PLTL Site News and Updated Information
by Shannon Gil - Wednesday, 31 August 2016, 02:57 PM
 
Students,

All the previous site news topics are out-dated . For new information please look at all the links available on the "Main Menu" tab. This information is up to date! If you have any other specific questions that were not in any of those documents, please email us at pltl@fiu.edu. When you write us an email please include your full name, panther ID, and specific questions or concerns you may have.

Thank you,

Shannon Gil

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Section Schedule
by Alberto Cruz - Friday, 15 May 2015, 09:18 AM
 
Students,

The schedule of available PLTL sections for this Summer 2015 semester is uploaded as an excel file on the front page of the PLTL website, at the top left-hand corner. Please search for your subjects tab on the bottom of the excel file to see the available sections.

-Albert
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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 van Mossel - 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 van Mossel - 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. 

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 van Mossel - 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 van Mossel - 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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