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PLTL is an active learning 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 the PLTL syllabus.

Fall 2017 PLTL Enrollment

Specific Dates & Times:
General Biology I (BSC1010):
Enrollment Opening Notified by FIU Email (during 2nd week of classes!)
General Biology II (BSC1011):
Enrollment Opening Notified by FIU Email (during 2nd week of classes!)
General Microbiology (MCB3020):
Monday, August 28th, 4:30PM
Evolution (PCB4674):
Monday, August 28th, 11:00AM
Intermediate Human Physiology (PCB3702):
Tuesday, August 29th, 3:30PM
Ecology (PCB3043):
Wednesday, August 30th, 10:30AM
Introduction to Microbiology (MCB2000):
Wednesday, August 30th, 1:00PM
Fundamentals of Human Physiology (PCB2099):
Wednesday, August 30th, 3:30 PM
Human Biology (BSC2023):
Thursday, August 31st, 10:30 AM
Histology Lab (ZOO3753L):
Monday, September 4th, 10:00 AM

*** To confirm your enrollment, please see your blackboard course shell page ***

Please read carefully!!

If you need to drop your one section, please email us at pltl@fiu.edu or call us at 305-348-3511 during regular business hours. Once dropped, you will have the opportunity to enroll into another section, as long as there are still seats available. Once a section is full, we DO NOT do overrides into closed sections.

*** Please check your e-mail for enrollment confirmation and login to Blackboard to access your PLTL course. ***

Note: Schedule of available sections is subject to change depending on the availability of Peer Leaders and university space.
Each course has a different tab. Make sure you are referencing the correct course.

PLTL Available Sections Fall 2017:
How To Enroll:

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  • Program Director: Jose Alberte
  • Program Associate Director: Alberto Cruz
  • Program Assistant Director: Nataly Rodriguez
  • Program Administrative Assistant: Shannon Gil
  • Program Faculty Chair: Thomas Pitzer
  • Course Liaison and Administrative Assistant to Chair: Roberto Pereira

PLTL will begin on the following dates for each subject:

  • General Biology I: Wednesday, August 30th; Sessions run Wed-Sat.
  • General Biology II: Wednesday, August 30th; Sessions run Wed-Sat.
  • Evolution: Thursday, August 31st; Sessions run Thurs-Mon.
  • Intermediate Human Physiology: Thursday, August 31st; Sessions run Thurs-Sat.
  • Human Biology: Saturday, September 4th; Sessions run Sat-Tues.
  • Histology Lab: Monday; September 11th; Sessions run Mon-Tues.
  • Ecology: Friday, September 1st; Sessions run Fri-Tues.
  • Foundations of Human Physiology: Friday, September 1st; Sessions run Fri-Tues.
  • Introduction to Microbiology: Friday, September 1st; Sessions run Fri-Tues.
  • General Microbiology: Wednesday, August 30th; Sessions run Wed-Sat.