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.
In-class proctors work with one or two on-campus sections. They assist the instructor during the lectures and exams.
The responsibilities for in-class 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 while the instructor talks and moves around the room.
- 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 each week.
|Hours Per Week||CS490 Credit Hours Earned|
|1 course section (two 50-minute class sessions per week)||1 credit
|2 course sections (four 50-minute class sessions per week)||3 credits
|1 course section (two 50-minute class sessions per week)
and 2 hours per week in Open Lab
|2 hours per week in Open Lab||1 credit
|4 hours per week in Open Lab||3 credits
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 College of Business & 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 only use one proctor 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.
Spring 2020 Semester
Choose your grading option
Pass/Fail grading is the traditional option for proctors. It requires no additional work beyond your scheduled class sections or Open Lab shifts. If you attend consistently and work as expected, you will receive a Pass grade. Pass grades let you count the credit hours towards graduation, but they do not affect your GPA. If you don't attend regularly, you will get an F grade which would harm your GPA.
Letter Grade Option
In exchange for completing additional responsibilities over the semester, proctors can earn letter grades for CS490 instead of pass/fail credit. Letter grades are counted in your GPA and are the same as the grade you receive in most courses at WVU. Proctors who complete all of the requirements receive an "A" grade.
There are three options for letter grades:
|Letter Grade Option||Time Commitment for 1 credit||Time Commitment for 3 credits||Schedule Hours|
|Work additional hours in Open Lab during weeks when assignments are due||4 hours during semester||12 hours during semester||Schedule Spring Schedule Fall|
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.
By default, STAR will add 1 credit to your schedule when you register. To adjust the number of credits if you are to receive 3 credits, go to the Change Class Options section in STAR.
Spring 2020 Semester
|Grading Option||Section To Register For||CRN||Credits|
|Pass/Fail Grading Option||CS490 Section 001||CRN 10503||1 credit for 1 section or 2 hours in Open Lab
3 credits for 2 sections or 4 hours in Open Lab
|Letter Grade Option||CS490 Section 002||CRN 11605|
Proctor Hours Tracking FormDuring the semester, proctors must record their attendance each day for class sections, regular Open Lab hours, and extra Letter Grade Option hours using the Proctor Hours Tracking Form.