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If your instructor is available for questions, comments and discussions, then you can learn a great deal this way, potentially. I recommend that you try to do just that. If, after at least ten days of really trying, you have difficulties, or find yourself concerned that you may not be properly prepared for courses that build on the one you're currently ...


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To a first approximation, it's not possible. There are few online or distance Ph.D. programs, and they usually have bad reputations. A Ph.D. from a university with a bad reputation will actually be worse for your career than having no Ph.D. at all, so you should be very careful. Plus these programs are as far as I know never free. You can get financial ...


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First of all, I think the distribution that you're seeing is not very unusual, and indeed looks very similar to the distribution of times that I see coming from mature scientists submitting conference papers and grants. It is simply that people, including your students, tend to overcommit themselves and to underestimate the difficulty of work. When that is ...


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The answer depends on your goals. If you have plans to work in academia, eventually you might find yourself on a track to becoming a professor yourself. In this role, you are expected to teach. Hence, you should be able to prepare teaching materials of high quality to support your teaching and benefit students' learning. The sooner you start working on your ...


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Your question is stated as "is it an issue". In this form I believe the right answer is "no, there are no issues". In some fundamental subjects like calculus or linear algebra I don't even expect for an average teacher to prepare "own" materials that would be different from more or less standard textbooks (after all, this is the purpose of textbooks -- to ...


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While I admire your concern for the students, I feel that ultimately your endeavor is quixotic. To be sure, I see nothing wrong with making your deadline be at 10 pm. It won't change anything, so you might as well. But I wouldn't expect it to have any notable effect, and I would be wary of the slippery slope that leads to you blaming yourself for the ...


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Value in an academic environment: zero. Everything you learn at Coursera you'd simply learn from a textbook in a few days if you needed it for your academic research or teaching. Value to a non-academic employer: marginal, mainly as a signaling device (this person will sacrifice his spare time over a non-trivial amount of time to improve himself), but ...


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Snip the last part out, send a private message to the poster reminding them of the behavioral standards expected in the course forum. I don't see any reason to remove the whole post, if there are parts that are appropriate. Removing the whole post makes it seem like your motivation is to punish the poster, rather than to keep the forum professional and ...


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First, a two hour time limit might be difficult to enforce or to guarantee, especially if it uses a real-time clock. At some level of scale you may start to find that some students didn't get the exam paper or were unable to return it by the deadline. So, I'd start by rethinking if a time limit of less than a day is really essential to your exam. Second, ...


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A general answer is that a lot of PhD training is informal: it involves things that are taught by example, by osmosis, by noticing someone doing something wrong and correcting them (or right, and praising them). This kind of informal training is much more difficult in online interactions. Some examples are given below... One specific aspect that does not ...


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I would consider a deadline at around 10p.m. very wise and student-friendly. I remember staying up late night as long as the submission system allows to post a new version and polishing the hell out of my assignment, although it probably made little difference. As a lecturer I have always readily given small extensions to people who asked at least a little (...


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The MIDS program at Berkeley is an unusual special case among graduate programs. One clue is the use of admissions counselors, which are almost unheard of in typical graduate programs but are widely used in for-profit education. (This doesn't mean there's anything intrinsically problematic about relying on admissions counselors. They are used because they ...


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Is it ok for a course to do this? It is common for instructors to use teaching materials from outside sources. There is generally no expectation of originality when it comes to teaching materials, including lecture slides, assignments and exam questions (which may be provided by the publisher, especially at the high school and undergrad level). See this ...


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There are a few steps you can take, but the specifics depend on the individual institution and its procedures: Find out what evidence is behind this accusation. Presumably when you talk to this "academic integrity team," they will tell you more specifically why they think you cheated. Once you have a chance to find out what their evidence for this ...


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Can I rightfully refuse to use the school's platform? TL;DR: legally, probably not, but you are still more or less in the right according to the norms of academia. Longer answer: This isn’t so much about rights in the legal sense. The underlying context is that there is a longstanding tradition in academia that faculty own the rights to written (and other)...


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Answer to "How do I log onto discord? How do I invite my students?" Head to https://discordapp.com/ and follow the quick directions to make an account. You should then see a screen that looks like this: Discord is broken up into "servers", which are subdivided into "channels". There is a list of servers you are currently logged into on the left bar. Click ...


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I am wondering if it would be appropriate for me to assign Youtube videos as lectures? Or would this be considered unprofessional/frowned upon/likely not allowed? My short answer: No, this is not unprofessional or inappropriate. Give your students the best materials that help them understand the content. If someone else puts something in an easy-to-follow ...


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I offer the following evidence from credible and official sources against doing a PhD in Computer Science at UNISA: Low graduation rates: 17 doctoral students graduated from the College of Science, Engineering, and Techonology (which includes the PhD in Computer Science degree) in 2010, 2011, and 2012 combined. Compare this to the 99 doctoral student ...


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I think a lot of us are dealing with this right now. Here's what I and some of my colleagues are doing. Open book exams: As a lot of people are saying, there's no practical way to police students' use of outside resources, so don't. Write the exam with the expectation that they are using notes and possibly even Google, and let them know that. You don't want ...


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I'd like to add my two cents as a current student with three years of college behind me. In my experience, I've always preferred having a deadline of midnight to a deadline of 10pm because during the school year, I'm often up until midnight regardless, and sometimes my workload requires me to prioritize my assignments in such a way that many things get ...


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AFAIK Coursera is not for credit, thus should not impact your phd record in any way.


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Certainly not. I highly doubt any university even has a mechanism for looking this up easily (since it isn't public info), or if they are even allowed to do so (might be against their privacy policy). Also, MOOCS have extremely low completion rates (this says 15% on average) to begin with. These online courses, unlike traditional university courses, don't ...


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No. Specific coursework (whether formal or informal, online or in-person) does not belong in an academic CV.


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ff524 provides an excellent answer—although I think there are several other important points that are not discussed there. Experimental work cannot easily be done via long-distance arrangements, unless one happens to be near another research institution with the necessary equipment and support staff to enable the research to take place. It is also worth ...


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MIT OCW doesn't offer "courses". It offers "courseware" — basically textbooks with videos. Real MIT courses have live instructional staff who answer questions, run recitation sections, and offer feedback (in particular, grades) on your solutions to the homework and exam problems. Real MIT courses have deadlines that force (well, encourage) you to actually ...


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What you've described sounds like a very standard online class. The only thing missing is some kind of method for direct communication with the professor. Usually this would be accomplished through discussion boards although there are other options, e.g. live sessions via Zoom or WebEx. If the professor has included something like that to allow you to ask ...


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No. In the US, permanent university-level teaching positions in computer science, even at small four-year colleges, require a Ph.D. As I explained in my earlier answer, an online master's degree will not help you get into a PhD program. For some non-tenure-track positions, a master's degree with a thesis may be enough, but a terminal/professional/course-...


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Given the limitations of the material of the students and at your disposition why do you do a quiz on internet? You can be assured that students talk between themselves. I think that you should simply do the quizz in class with pen and paper to be really fair. If you have a large number of students, you could do most of the quizz as multiple choice ...


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I record my lectures (when possible) for the following reasons: Easier access for students who can't attend class. While I generally want students to come to class, there are valid reasons for being absent (e.g., I'm currently teaching classes to military members who often have duty that preempts class attendance). I can also point students to a video to ...


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As a PhD candidate who has taught (as in was the primary lecturer, not just a TA) and recently taken classes I have a different opinion than to move assignments to an early time, e.g. 10PM. My solution for a programming intensive class that I taught was to make the assignments always due at 5AM on Saturday. I picked Saturday specifically because if they ...


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