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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, September 3rd; Sessions run Wed-Sat.

General Biology II: Wednesday, September 3rd; Sessions run Wed-Sat.

Evolution: Monday, September 8th; Sessions run Mon-Wed.

Intermediate Human Physiology: Wednesday, September 3rd; Sessions run Wed-Fri.

Foundations of Human Physiology: Friday, September 5th; Sessions run Fri-Tues.

Human Biology: Saturday, September 6th; Sessions run Sat-Tues.

Histology Lab: Monday, September 22nd; Sessions run Mon-Tues.

Ecology: Friday, September 5th; Sessions run Fri-Tues.

General Microbiology: Wednesday, September 3rd; Sessions run Wed-Fri.

Introduction to Microbiology: Friday, September 5th; 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.

https://connect.fiu.edu/enrollfall13/


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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
LOG-INS ARE ACTIVE
by Aida Margarita Ramon - Thursday, 28 August 2014, 08:43 AM
 
Yes, it true...Log-ins are active. You should use your PID as both your username and password.

If you are still have issues, please email us WITH YOUR FULL NAME, PID, & FIU EMAIL before enrollment begins.

Thanks

In the Netherlands
Log-in NOT Activated
by Aida Margarita Ramon - Wednesday, 27 August 2014, 09:49 AM
 
Leaders and Student,

Log-ins have not been activated!!! We are working diligently to add new students to the website and reset all log-ins. Please keep checking until Thursday. If by 10AM Thursday you are still having difficulty logging in, please send us an email with your full name, PID, and FIU e-mail.

E-mails about log-ins received BEFORE Thursday will not be replied to, we are sorry.

Answering the same question 200+ times is preventing up from updating the website in a timely manner
. Please be considerate.

Thank You
-Aida

In the Netherlands
Fall 2014 PLTL Schedule is Available
by Aida Margarita Ramon - Wednesday, 27 August 2014, 09:38 AM
 

Students,

The Fall 2014 PLTL Schedule of available sections is available for you to view. Please keep in mind that the schedule is subject to change until registration opens so check it periodically or at least an hour before enrollment opens for your subject.

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Start Dates
by Alberto Cruz - Tuesday, 3 September 2013, 02:44 PM
 
Students,

The PLTL start dates and subject weeks have been updated on the front page of the PLTL website since the semester began. Please familiarize yourself with the start dates and the way that the PLTL week runs for your subject.

-Albert
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Room Descriptions
by Alberto Cruz - Friday, 30 August 2013, 03:55 PM
 

FIUS & Other Room Names

Students,
KEEP IN MIND ROOMS ARE POSTED ALREADY!

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
USCBA- US Century Bank Arena (Basketball Arena)
ZEB- Ziff Education Building
CBC- College of Business Complex

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/
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Manual enrollment for courses
by Giselle Barreto - Wednesday, 15 May 2013, 07:39 PM
 
Hello Students,

If you are attempting to enroll for a second PLTL class and require MANUAL enrollment by the PLTL staff, Please email us at MIDNIGHT the night of the enrollment date in order to be enrolled.

When you email us at MIDNIGHT, make sure to include your FULL NAME, PANTHER ID, and FIU EMAIL, along with ALL OF THE INFORMATION for the Time and Subject you are requiring manual enrollment.

Also, students are advised to stay up until they receive a response from the PLTL staff confirming their enrollment into their choice session.

THIS DOES NOT GUARANTEE ENROLLMENT! It only guarantees that we will ATTEMPT to enroll you. If the session fills up before we are able to enroll you, as we enroll individual on a first come first serve basis after the enrollment appoint for the subject opens up, if by the time your request is processed that class is filled, YOU WILL NOT BE OVERRIDDEN INTO THE CLASS.

You will be notified as soon as we notice that the class is already full to choose another time. Therefore it is imperative that you are mindful of the emails at midnight.

Thank you and let us know if you have any further questions.

-Giselle
Jose
BBC Bio II- Dr. Lacey
by Jose Alberte - Monday, 13 May 2013, 11:46 PM
 

BBC Bio II students,

You must register for a Bio II session in Summer A. All sessions that are available for you to take are indicated on the website. There are sessions available on both campuses.

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

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Course Enrollment is now CLOSED!
by Giselle Barreto - Sunday, 3 February 2013, 03:23 PM
 
Course enrollment for all courses is now closed EXCEPT for EVOLUTION!

Students can no longer be switched or changed from their PLTL sessions and we will not enroll any students for subjects that have reached the THIRD WEEK as of this Monday.

For those seeking Evolution sections, please email us your FULL NAME, PANTHER ID, and THE SECTION DAY AND TIME YOU WOULD LIKE!

Emails with "I would like to enroll for Evolution" and with no other information will be ignored.

Thank you and have a wonderful day!

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