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College of Graduate Studies

First Year Curriculum Online


As graduate students progress in their studies, becoming integral members of the academic community, they are encouraged to teach in the First Year Curriculum. Graduate student and postdoctoral fellow participation may include formal lectures, composition of exam questions, assisting Unit leaders with grading of student assignments/tests, and participation in flex-time activities (small-group discussions or technical demonstrations). Unit leaders determine the extent to which graduate students and postdoctoral fellows teach in their Units. Unit leaders review all graduate student and postdoc teaching participation for appropriate content, accuracy and professional delivery. A prerequisite for student and postdoc teaching in the First Year Curriculum is completion of CGS 725 (Teaching Techniques, Dr. Ruth Patterson), or documented evidence of equivalent training or teaching experience.

First Year Curriculum Online

Much of the First Year Curriculum lecture content, most of the PowerPoint presentations, and a wealth of curriculum administrative and scheduling information are accessible online through Moodlerooms. Moodlerooms is a server-based proprietary software package providing integrated e-learning systems for higher education. The package combines pedagogical tools with content management capabilities, options for personalization and customization of the learning experience, and seamless integration with an institution's existing campus infrastructure. Students are automatically registered as Moodlerooms users, and are given overviews of Moodlerooms access and navigation procedures during orientation at the start of the fall semester.

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