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Technology Changes that Impact Teaching and Learning

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Technology changes that affect teaching and learning continue to be undertaken this academic year. You may wish to be mindful of the following recent updates:

Winter Break Technology Classroom Upgrades

In advance of the new spring semester, the following classrooms at Prince William Campus have been upgraded to digital classrooms and are classified asTechnology Enhanced with Document Cameras (TDC):

  • Bull Run Hall - 246, 247, 248, 249
  • Occoquan - 203 and 204

Classrooms designated as TDC have the following functionality:

  • Instructor computer
    • available USB inputs
  • VGA cable with audio (for laptop connectivity)
  • DVD/VCR
  • Auxiliary video input (composite video and stereo audio, RCA)
  • Network cable
  • Single data projector
  • Document camera

Please note that all classrooms listed above are scheduled by the Office of the University Registrar as Technology Enhanced Classroom with Document Camera (TDC). For more information on reserving classroom space please visit http://doit.gmu.edu/staffSection.asp?page=class_reserv.

Completion of Thompson Hall Renovation

This January, the newly renovated Thompson Hall on the Fairfax Campus will reopen for classes. This building is now equipped with five university classrooms that are classified as Technology Enhanced with Document Camera (TDC).

Classrooms designated as TDC have the following functionality:

  • Instructor computer
    • available USB inputs
  • VGA cable with audio (for laptop connectivity)
  • DVD/VCR
  • Auxiliary video input (composite video and stereo audio, RCA)
  • Network cable
  • Single data projector
  • Document camera

Blackboard Collaborate (Elluminate Live!) Upgrade

Blackboard Collaborate, formerly Elluminate Live!, is being upgraded to the newest version (11) this semester. Collaborate is an interactive web conferencing and virtual classroom environment designed for teaching and learning and real-time collaboration. Features include an interactive whiteboard that allows facilitators to display and write on PowerPoint slides, multi-person audio and video, screen sharing, chat, and breakout rooms. Via MyMason Courses and Organizations, instructors can currently use Collaborate to:

  • Hold virtual office hours
  • Record lectures
  • Collaborate in groups
  • Invite guest speakers
  • Connect with internship or abroad students
  • Emergency proof courses

This upgrade includes a more intuitive and user-friendly interface as well as allows instructors to preload content. For information and instructional guides please visit http://gmucollaborate.pbworks.com. To sign up for workshops on Collaborate please visit the IT Training website at http://ittraining.gmu.edu.

Migration of Windows XP to Windows 7 in University Classrooms and Labs

Throughout 2012, the Division of Instructional Technology will upgrade all classroom and lab computers to the Windows 7 operating system. All stations currently utilizing Windows XP will be upgraded with installation underway at Prince William Campus and Arlington Campus. The transition at these locations will be completed before spring 2012 classes begin. The Fairfax campus transition is scheduled to follow with all upgrades completed by the fall 2012 semester. Installation of Windows 7 is being performed to maintain critical security support. Users should not experience any differences between Windows 7 and the previous operating system. For technical support regarding Windows 7 in classrooms and labs please contact 993-3456.

Spring 2012 Upgrades:

Prince William Campus:

  • Occoquan - 203, 204, 302
  • Bull Run Hall - 131, 132, 134, 246, 247, 248, 249, 253, 254, 256, 257, 258
    250 (computer lab)
    252 (computer classroom)

Fairfax Campus:

  • Innovation Hall - 301 (computer lab)
    Several stations in this computer lab will continue to operate using Windows XP until full transition is complete in advance of the fall 2012 semester.

Arlington Campus:

  • Founders Hall - 308, 310, 311, 312, 313, 317, 318, 320, 322, 324
    307 (computer classroom)

Use of Your Own Computer or Mobile Device in a University Classroom

All equipment in Mason classrooms are being converted from analog to digital media to ensure that audio visual and computing technologies continue to work as technology standards change in 2016. As of spring 2012, approximately 87 of the 200 technology classrooms at Mason have been upgraded to a new digital media standard. For a list of these spaces please visit http://doit.gmu.edu/documents/Digital_rooms.pdf. Most faculty should see no significant differences in using the equipment in the classroom. However, if you use your own personal computer or mobile device instead of the computer in the technology classroom, consider testing your device in advance of your class. If you should need assistance with these newer digitally-equipped rooms please contact Classroom Support.

Classroom Support:
Fairfax 703-993-3456
Arlington 703-993-8226
Prince William 703-993-8499