Instructional Design Consultations

The instructional design team offers a variety of services and expertise to faculty teaching courses at George Mason University. The team supports faculty in these four categories:

  • face-to-face courses (100% of class hours offered in a traditional classroom setting)
  • technology-enhanced face-to-face courses (100% of class hours offered in a traditional classroom setting incorporating technology)
  • hybrid courses (51-99% or more of class hours offered online)
  • online courses (100% of class hours offered online)

Our primary goal is to assist faculty in designing effective e-Learning. We accomplish this goal by continuously evaluating new instructional strategies and technologies for effectiveness, and introducing best practices to enhance the curriculum. Instructional designers assist professors in the following areas:

  • design and development
  • training and technology tools
  • technology support
  • resources for the development of their courses

Instructional designers also provide and direct faculty to other instructional technology resources supported by ITS. Training and support are available for Blackboard Courses, the university’s learning management system, Blackboard Collaborate, and many software applications including MS Office Suite and Adobe. Additional distance education resources are available through other ITS units including GMU-TV and Collaborative Video Technologies.

Partnership with the Office of Distance Education

Coordinated through the Office of Distance Education, in collaboration with ITS, Mason continues its commitment to deliver inclusive and comprehensive alternatives to the traditional face-to-face learning experience of students. Professors and instructional designers work together to implement the best methods of teaching and creating content.

Faculty interested in offering a hybrid or online course at Mason should view the Proposing a Course section of the Office of Distance Education website.


The main instructional design offices are located on the Fairfax Campus in the Collaborative Learning Hub (CLUB), Johnson Center, Room 311. Instructional design consultations are also available in the training lab on the Prince William Campus in the training lab, Occoquan Building, Room 231. Suggestions, comments, testimonials, and case studies are strongly encouraged and can be e-mailed to