Academic Technologies (AT) provides numerous services to the GW community, enriching the academic experience for students, faculty, and staff.
Audience Response System (TurningPoint)
The Instructional Technology Lab (ITL) supports TurningPoint, an audience response system that allows faculty and graduate teaching assistants to add interactivity to their course materials. TurningPoint software and receivers are installed in all AT-supported classrooms with an instructor PC. This tool allows students to reply to interactive questions during class using a hand-held keypad response unit or mobile application. The system collects student responses in real time and allows instructors to easily create detailed reports for analysis.
Blackboard Course Management and Blackboard Collaborate
Blackboard is a learning management system that enables instructors to interact with course materials online. Instructors can post syllabi, assignments, and assessments and also use built-in tools, such as the Grade Center and the Discussion Board. Additionally, through Blackboard Collaborate, instructors and students can convene in a real-time virtual class session.
Classroom Computer Guest Account
A classroom computer guest account provides GW guests with access to Academic Technologies-supported computers in classrooms and computer labs.
Classroom and Lab Software
GW supports a cloud-based, wireless printing service that allows you to print from anywhere to over 60 print kiosks on five GW campuses.
Equipment Loans and Rentals
We provide technology equipment loans for university courses in AT-supported learning spaces on the Foggy Bottom Campus. Instructors may check out these items from our Classroom Support Center. Using WebCheckout, our self-service equipment reservation system, instructors can reserve laptops, projectors, display adapters, and more. In addition, we rent out equipment for conferences, seminars, and other campus events for a small fee.
Instructional Technology Lab
The Instructional Technology Lab (ITL) is located in Gelman Library, Room B05A. ITL team members provide expertise and guidance through in-person and online training for instructors who need assistance with the Blackboard learning management system and other instructional technologies. We also offers video production services to GW faculty members.
Learning Space Design
Our Audiovisual Design and Engineering team provides award-winning learning space solutions to complex technological and pedagogical challenges. By considering the audiovisual and IT equipment specifications, classroom capacities, sightlines, acoustics, ADA compliance, and other physical space requirements, AT ensures that the design of each classroom supports a variety of teaching styles and learning environments.
Our Lecture Capture system simplifies the course recording process for instructors in supported locations by automating the capture, upload, and delivery of audio and video recordings of lectures. Captured lectures can be accessed by registered students through Blackboard.
Solutions Center (Help Desk)
Our Solutions Center is our primary point of contact for those seeking technology assistance with AT-provided services and supported learning spaces. The Solutions Center provides information, remote support, and operational coordination for services.
Technology Classrooms and Computer Labs
We support technology-enhanced classrooms, computer classrooms, and computer labs across three GW campuses. Learn more about our supported locations on our Classrooms & Labs page.
We support video conferencing facilities on the Foggy Bottom Campus and Virginia Science and Technology Campus. These spaces range from small conference room facilities, to 50-seat classrooms, and to even larger configurable conference rooms.
Virtual Computer Lab
The Virtual Computer Lab (VCL) is a service that allows faculty and students to remotely access desired software applications on their personal computers.
Web conferencing tools, such as Blackboard Collaborate, Skype, and WebEx, enable instructors to teach from anywhere and invite guest lecturers into the classroom from around the corner or around the world. This service is available in select rooms on the Foggy Bottom and Virginia Science and Technology campuses.
With Wireless Presentation, instructors can sync their Apple portable devices, such as iPhones, iPads, and Mac laptops, to wirelessly present content in the classroom. This service is available in select rooms on the Foggy Bottom Campus and Virginia Science and Technology Campus.