Interested in becoming a proctor? Learn more below.
What is a proctor?
Proctors are students who've successfully completed Computer Science 101 with an "A" grade. After they've taken the course as a student, proctors come back and help the course by serving as a student assistant.
Most CS101 sections and Open Lab shifts have a proctor. If there is a student in the room helping the instructor, chances are that they're a proctor.
What do proctors do?
There are two major roles for proctors: working with a class section or working in Open Lab. Some proctors split their time between multiple roles.
Section proctors work with one or two sections. They assist the instructor during the lectures and exams.
The responsibilities for section proctors vary depending on what the instructor and proctor work out, but commonly include things like:
- Helping students during class who are having trouble following along with the instructor's examples.
- Answering questions on Participation Projects.
- Demonstrating how to perform tasks in Microsoft Office.
- Monitoring students to make sure they're on-task and paying attention.
- Helping to administer exams.
- Providing the instructor with feedback on their lecture plans so that we can give CS101 students the best examples and material coverage possible.
If you want to become more involved as an in-class proctor, there are a lot of opportunities to go beyond the above items. Some proctors have even prepared and presented mini-lectures on their own. This is a great chance for students interested in going into teaching or academia to find out what it is really like to teach a group of students.
Open Lab Proctors
These proctors work with CS101 staff members to help students who come to Open Lab complete their Homeworks. They also help to administer exams. We always ensure at least one CS101 staff member is in Open Lab, so proctors never have to work alone.
Open Lab proctoring is excellent for students who like to work with others on a one-on-one basis or tutor.
Who is eligible to proctor?
Proctors must have taken a Morgantown-based on-campus or online section of CS101. Proctors should have earned an "A" grade in the course and had no academic integrity violations, although students not meeting these requirements may be considered on a case-by-case basis.
What do proctors earn?
Proctors earn Computer Science 490 (Teaching Practicum) credits. These credits can be applied towards graduation in most majors. (Check with your advisor for details on your program of study.)
The number of CS490 credit hours proctors receive depends on how many hours they work. Students can mix and match these tasks to earn up to 3 credits per semester:
|Mix-and-Match Tasks||Additional CS490 Credit Hours Earned|
|Assist 1 course section (two 50-minute class meetings per week)||+1 credit hour
|Assist 2 course sections (four 50-minute class meetings per week)||+2 credit hours
|Assist 2 hours per week in Open Lab||+1 credit hour
|Assist 4 hours per week in Open Lab||+2 credit hours
|Maximum Credit Hours per Semester||3 credit hours|
Some majors limit the number of CS490 or "490" Teaching Practicum credit hours that can be applied towards graduation. It's important that students check with their advisors to verify how CS490 can fit into their plan of study.
|Major||CS490 Credit Limit|
|Majors in the John Chambers College of Business and Economics||4 credits|
|Regents' Bachelor of Arts||6 credits|
|Other majors||Check with your advisor.|
Proctor grades are based on attending your scheduled times and assisting as requested. We want you to be involved, so it's important that you be present. If you can't make a class or Open Lab shift, it's your responsibility to notify the instructor. For more details, check out the CS490 syllabus.
How do I register?
If you want to become a proctor, think about what type of proctor you'd like to be. Do you want to work in-class, in Open Lab, or some combination of the two? Once you know what you'd like to do, check out the schedules below to see which times are available.
Pick your times
For in-class proctors, we can use up to two proctors per section. For Open Lab, we have a target we would like to fill (up to the shaded areas) but we can normally accept proctors any time that they are available.
Fall 2023 Semester
Complete the application
Once you've figured out what times will fit your schedule, complete the CS101 Proctor Application. Within a couple days after you submit the application, Dr. Powell will contact you to finish signing you up.
Register for classes
Dr. Powell will add a registration override in STAR so you can register for classes. The section you will sign up for will depend on which grading option you chose. Registration works like any other course.
Fall 2023 Semester
|Credit Hours||Section To Register For||CRN|
|1 credit hour||CS490 Section 401||CRN 80500|
|2 credit hours||CS490 Section 402||CRN 80810|