4-VA Researchers Support Young Virginians’ Successful Start to Preschool

Experts have long recognized the complex interrelationship of a preschoolers’ attachment to their caregivers and successful adjustment to school.  Without a positive introduction and adaptation to the school setting, preschoolers may fall victim to bullying. Those behaviors can have a significant effect on these young students for years into the future. For more than a Read more about 4-VA Researchers Support Young Virginians’ Successful Start to Preschool[…]

Three different universities. Three distinctive, informed approaches. One cohesive, robust, and resource-filled final product.

George Mason University, Virginia Tech, and the University of Virginia are each recognized and valued for their unique strengths and assets. Consequently, it’s not surprising to conclude that when these three institutions collaborate on a project, the results are impressive.  Such was the case with a recent 4-VA grant to these top-tier universities for a Read more about Three different universities. Three distinctive, informed approaches. One cohesive, robust, and resource-filled final product.[…]

Defining Impact: 4-VA Grant for ENGH 302

One of the mainstays of the 4-VA at Mason program is to identify and grow academic ventures that truly make a difference in higher education – creating cost savings, providing greater access to the educational process, and developing new or more effective pedagogies. That said, it’s hard to find a more impactful grant than the Read more about Defining Impact: 4-VA Grant for ENGH 302[…]

Steering World History from Flat to Multi-Dimensional

While developing a course titled “Introduction to World History” would have sounded daunting 25 years ago, faculty teaching the course today are now utilizing Open Educational Resources (OER) to meet the many challenges presented in today’s changed environment. However, this process presents a hurdle: Identifying appropriate events to form the hefty narrative of the course, Read more about Steering World History from Flat to Multi-Dimensional[…]

Creating Better Chemistry and Delivering Student Savings

An email from Fenwick Library caught the collective eye of the teaching team responsible for delivering CHEM 336: Physical Chemistry I Laboratory.  The email referenced the 4-VA at Mason course re-design grants, which are provided to encourage the incorporation of Open Educational Resources (OER) into the curriculum. Lead PI Moissa Fayissa, PhD. thought that this Read more about Creating Better Chemistry and Delivering Student Savings[…]

4-VA Grant Brings Virginia Education Assessment Professionals Together for a “Virtual Drive In”

In the largest and most widespread event that 4-VA has ever coordinated – including all six 4-VA partner schools — higher education assessment professionals from across the Commonwealth came together for a “virtual” meeting.  The meeting took place in April using telepresence technology at each of the 4-VA schools. Mason coordinator Stephanie Foster, Associate Director Read more about 4-VA Grant Brings Virginia Education Assessment Professionals Together for a “Virtual Drive In”[…]

Mason Scientists Put Bees Under the Microscope in Groundbreaking Research

As the world has been learning about the precipitous and dangerous decline in bee populations, scientists are scrambling to probe deeper into the “why.”  It’s generally recognized that habitat loss and degradation, increased use of agrochemicals, invasive pathogens, competition from alien species and poor management practices are each contributing factors.  However, what’s not known is Read more about Mason Scientists Put Bees Under the Microscope in Groundbreaking Research[…]

4-VA at Mason Collaborative Research Grants Awarded

Eight Collaborative Research Grants were recently awarded by 4-VA at Mason, providing faculty and their teams of student researchers, as well as their colleagues at other Virginia partner schools, the opportunity to further important research concepts – from utilizing student ambassadors to support dementia patients, to privacy controls for smart home devices, to species resilience Read more about 4-VA at Mason Collaborative Research Grants Awarded[…]

Mason/NOVA Teacher Education: Public/Private School Representatives Invited to Join the Discussion

While George Mason University produces hundreds of candidates each year in the field of education, academic leaders at Mason recognized the need to work closely with area educational institutions – both public and private – to ensure that those candidates meet and surpass the expectations in today’s educational environment. To do so, armed with a Read more about Mason/NOVA Teacher Education: Public/Private School Representatives Invited to Join the Discussion[…]

Increasing Enrollment + Reduced Teaching Space + New Course Structure: A 4-VA Study Reaps Rewards

The story of increasing enrollment resulting in new instructors, reductions in teaching space, and revisions in course structure: OR How a critical analysis of a Mason Core course created and confirmed a positive change for students Several dilemmas were facing Mason’s COMM 100 and 101 courses: enrollment topping a record 4,000+ students an ever-changing and Read more about Increasing Enrollment + Reduced Teaching Space + New Course Structure: A 4-VA Study Reaps Rewards[…]