Teaching With Technology


Current DoIT News:

CVT Receives Mason's Outstanding Achievement Award
It is with great enthusiasm that the Division of Instructional Technology proudly announces that Collaborative Video Technologies (CVT) was selected as George Mason University's 2012 Team Excellence Award recipient. In order to be selected for this prestigious award, nominees must demonstrate positive results in categories including teamwork and collaboration with other groups or departments, cost and time effectiveness, exceptional customer-oriented service, etc. One nomination for the CVT team marked, "They are successful because they work as a team, supporting and empowering each other, even as they support and empower their customers." Congratulations to the entire CVT team - Cherie Galantis, Casey Campbell, Christina Sanders, and Adam Murphy.

DoIT Welcomes the United States Marine Corps
On September 27th DoIT hosted members from The Basic School, an academic arm of the United States Marine Corps. Several units within DoIT— Collaborative Video Technologies, GMU-TV, Online Learning Resources, Classroom and Lab Technologies, STAR Lab and CLUB— designated time to demonstrate how Mason supports teaching with technology. Topics discussed with the Marine Corps group included bring-your-own device efforts, mobile learning applications development, online testing efforts, virtual handouts and reference materials, classroom flipping concepts, and interactive lecture techniques.

DoIT Participates in 3rd Annual VaBUG Conference
The Virginia Blackboard Users Group (VaBUG) held its third annual conference on September 21st at George Mason University. VaBUG's mission is to facilitate communication between educational institutions in Virginia who use Blackboard as a learning management system. More than 100 individuals were in attendance to connect with VaBUG colleagues and share knowledge and promote best practices surrounding the creation and use of educational content. This year marked the first time Mason hosted this annual event. DoIT's Joy Taylor (LSS Director), Joe Balducci (OLR Manager), and Buz Grover (Operations Manager) served on the 2012 VaBUG Conference Planning Committee.

CLUB Hosts Its Fall 2012 Open House
The Collaborative Learning Hub (CLUB) opened its doors to the Mason community on September 12th as part of DoIT's kickoff events for the fall 2012 semester. The open house, which took place from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. in the Johnson Center, was free for faculty, staff, and students. Over 50 individuals attended for Adobe and Microsoft tips and tricks from the Training and Certification team, hands-on Blackboard demonstrations from Online Learning Resources, and instructional design ideas. This event also included guided tours of the CLUB facilities, resources for faculty and staff, and raffle prizes and giveaways.

VCL reaches top-level status at Apache Software Foundation
The Virtual Computing Lab (VCL) has reached top-level status at the Apache Software Foundation, one of the most influential open source organizations today. The capacity to move beyond "incubator" status to an actual project is a huge step for the VCL community. While many institutions use the VCL, this step indicates that the user community is also contributing to the VCL code base. George Mason University has been a critical partner in this effort, as our newest employee to this process, Dmitri Chebotarov, has contributed code. The university's participation in this vibrant community demonstrates Mason's commitment to open source and new ways of providing services to students.

Johnson Center Computer Lab Renovation
In March 2012, Classroom and Lab Technologies (CaLT) oversaw the renovation of the Johnson Center computer lab. This two-week project increased capacity and improved the user experience with the addition of new tables and computer monitors as well as fresh paint, carpet, and ceiling tiles. This is the first renovation the Johnson Center computer lab underwent since the facility opened in 1995. The newly renovated lab opened for business Monday, March 26.

CCUMC: Classroom Digital Conversion
Learning Space Design Manager Matt Silverman sat on a panel of experts for a webinar aimed to discuss the design and support of classrooms which can handle digital signal delivery. This webinar, which took place on March 21, was presented by the Consortium of College and University Media Centers (CCUMC). Matt presented findings from George Mason's evaluation, design, and development of the current digital classroom standards and offered insight and best practices for making the transition from analog to digital. Matt has presented this topic at various speaking engagements over the last year including a webinar for InfoComm in December, which to date was the organization's best attended online event.

EDUCAUSE: New Standards & Designs for Technology Classrooms
This January, DoIT's Executive Director Sharon Pitt and Classroom and Lab Technologies Director Tim Murphy presented to attendees information regarding the move from analog to digital at the 2012 EDUCAUSE Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference. This year's conference focused on the need to reimagine, reinvent, and innovate in a climate of constant change and challenge. George Mason is one of the first higher education institutions to develop and implement a successful conversion initiative. To access this presentation, click here.

DoIT News Clips:

EdTech- Winter 2012
Colleges Explore the Cloud
DoIT Executive Director Sharon Pitt discusses the emerging field of cloud computing and what George Mason is doing to make cloud services a viable option for students.

AV Technology- Feb/Mar 2012
Stepping Into the Digital Classroom
DoIT Learning Space Design Manager Matthew Silverman penned an article regarding the migration to AV learning spaces in the digital age.

Campus Technology- July 2011
Soft Where? Licensing Struggles in a Virtual World
DoIT Executive Director Sharon Pitt joined the discussion on the challenges college campuses experience with software licensing and the shift to virtualization.