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Preparing for Careers in the Academy (Program for Ph.D. Students)

The purpose of this program is to help PhD students and MFA students in those fields in which this is the terminal degree (e.g. Visual Arts) to prepare for future academic careers and to strengthen their instructional effectiveness.  It will be held during the 2013-14 academic year.

Further information on the program, as well as a description of the application process, can be found in the two attachments to this email message.  If there are any questions regarding these materials, please contact Dr. Joshua Eyler, Associate Director for the Center for Teaching and Faculty Excellence at 3-5743.

NY Times: New Technologies Aim to Foil Online Course Cheating


“Millions of students worldwide have signed up in the last year for MOOCs, short for massive open online courses — those free, Web-based classes available to one and all and taught by professors at Harvard, Duke, M.I.T. and other universities.

“But when those students take the final exam in calculus or genetics, how will their professors know that the test-takers on their distant laptops are doing their own work, and not asking Mr. Google for help?

“The issue of online cheating concerns many educators, particularly as more students take MOOCs for college credit, and not just for personal enrichment. Already, five classes from Coursera, a major MOOC provider, offer the possibility of credit, and many more are expected. ..."

Stephen G. Nash
Senior Associate Dean
Volgenau School of Engineering
George Mason University
Nguyen Engineering Building, Room 2500
Mailstop 5C8
Fairfax, VA 22030

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