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Information on systems specific to the needs of the classrooms, faculty, and students at Mason.

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Audiovisual Equipment Checkout

Classroom and Lab Technologies (CaLT) lends audiovisual equipment to faculty, staff, and students for class use during the instructional day.

Blackboard Collaborate Ultra

Blackboard Collaborate Ultra is an interactive web conferencing and virtual classroom environment designed for teaching and learning and real-time collaboration.

Blackboard Courses

Blackboard Courses provides a secure login system and tools to create and administer face-to-face and online courses.

Citrix Virtual Lab

The Citrix Virtual Lab provides remote access to academic software.

Class for Zoom

Class, sometimes referred to as Class for Zoom, is a new application that creates a teaching-specific interface on top of Zoom.

Classroom Support

Classroom and Lab Technologies (CaLT) provides support for classroom facilities and computer classrooms.

Collaborative Learning Areas

Collaborative learning areas are designed to facilitate group work.

Collaborative Learning Hub (CLUB)

The Collaborative Learning Hub (CLUB) supports effective teaching and learning with technology to enhance learning experiences and the quality of work-life at the university for current students, teaching faculty, instructional support staff, and academic units seeking to improve instruction. The CLUB provides training and support for instructional improvement and technology to enhance student learning, to support the use of technology-based courseware in classrooms, and to support instructional initiatives university-wide.

Computer Labs

Computer labs offer the university community access to computing resources and a variety of software in support of learning, teaching, and research. Labs have printers through the pay-for-print (PFP) network available.

Conferencing, Collaboration & Calling

This service page provides an overview of available web conferencing applications and rooms, collaboration and chat tools, and voice services.

Game Design Lab

The Game Design Lab, located in the Student Technology Assistance and Resource (STAR) Lab, is equipped with five powerful PC and two Mac stations with specialized game design software. Also included in the lab are flat-screen monitors and whiteboard walls to allow students to storyboard, design, and test their projects. Each computer is equipped with a tablet device, as well as top-of-the-line game design software.

Gartner Research

Gartner is a leading information technology firm that provides research and analysis services to inform and support decision-making in higher education and other industry sectors.

Kaltura

Kaltura is a video management tool that allows faculty and students to create, host, and share video and audio inside the Blackboard Courses environment.

LinkedIn Learning (formerly Lynda.com)

Mason has partnered with LinkedIn Learning (LIL) (formerly lynda.com) to provide free and unlimited online training to Mason students, faculty, and staff.

mason.gmu.edu Server

All registered students, faculty, staff, and authorized guests are eligible for mason.

Microsoft Teams (MS Teams)

Recording Retention Policy New MS Teams recordings will be stored with expiration dates attached to them starting early 2022.

Mobile Mason

Mobile Mason is the official app of George Mason University.

Multimedia Production

The STAR Lab is an excellent resource for working on multimedia and art projects.

myMason

MyMason provides access to Blackboard courses and organizations.

PBworks Wiki

PBworks Wiki is a Mason-sponsored, commercially hosted service based on a campus edition license arrangement with PBworks.

Poll Everywhere

Poll Everywhere (PollEV) provides a safe online platform for every participant to ask questions, participate in group activities, and share thoughts and insights, right from their phone or computer.

Qualtrics

Qualtrics, gmu.qualtrics.com, is a web-based survey tool to conduct survey research, evaluations, and other data collection activities. The Mason community can use this research suite to build and send surveys then analyze and export responses—all from any online location, 24/7.

Respondus LockDown Browser & Monitor

Respondus LockDown Browser is a custom web browser that locks down the testing environment within Blackboard/Courses.

Respondus Test Creation Application

Respondus is used to create quizzes, surveys, and self-tests external to Blackboard.

SafeAssign

SafeAssign is a plagiarism education and prevention service available through Blackboard to all faculty, students, and staff.

Scantron Machine

A Scantron machine is available for use in the Collaborative Learning Hub (CLUB).

Software Installation in Classroom or Lab

ITS manages and maintains the equipment and software in university classrooms and labs.

Sound Space

The sound space contains special equipment and soundproofing to provide an ideal environment to record voice or edit audio.

Student Technology Assistance & Resource Lab (STAR)

Student Technology Assistance & Resource Lab (STAR) is a state-of-the-art multimedia computer and equipment checkout facility that provides the space and resources to complete creative projects. STAR Lab offers Mac and PC stations equipped with specialized video, multimedia, and game design software. This facility also has a variety of video production equipment available for checkout, as well as a video production studio. Student mentors with specialized knowledge of operating systems and applications are on hand to assist with troubleshooting.

Technology Conference Room

The Technology Conference Room seats 20 people and features a projector, portable presentation computers, a video conferencing package, and plugs for laptops to connect to the room’s technology.

Video Editing

Editing stations equipped with specialized video and film software are available for post-production work.

Video Production Equipment Checkout

STAR Lab offers Mac and PC stations equipped with specialized video and film, multimedia, and game design software.

Video Production Services

GMU-TV is a professional, full-service video production facility that specializes in creating educational content, research and scholarship communications, and marketing and outreach videos to support the academic and administrative departments of George Mason University.

Video Production Studio

A production studio space is available for students, faculty, and staff to be used for a wide range of video, still photography, or other multimedia projects.

WordPress Course Blogs

Course Blogs is powered by WordPress, a web-publishing platform that enables site builders to set up a web presence quickly and easily.

Zoom

Info for Linux and ChromeOS App Users Linux Users Zoom is retiring the current key pair used to sign the Zoom desktop client for Linux.