Support for online faculty
George Mason provides many resources and services for faculty. We have identified those that would be most helpful as you approach building or teaching an online course.
Mason is committed to creating an environment that is welcoming and conducive to learning for all members of our diverse student and faculty population. The Assistive Technology Initiative (ATI) assists online faculty in preparing course materials to ensure accessibility. Disability Services (DS) coordinates Mason’s continued efforts to provide reasonable accommodations and disability-related services.
University Libraries maintains databases that contain assorted media, including images, films, documentaries, articles, and book chapters that can be used in online courses. The Online Learning Coordinator can assist online instructors with identifying relevant content. The Scholarly Communication and Copyright Office can provide Mason faculty members with guidance on copyright and related issues.
The Office of Digital Learning (ODL) provides resources for effective online teaching and learning, including instructional design consultations and best practices for building and teaching online courses. The Center for Teaching and Faculty Excellence (CTFE) also has a number of resources to assist faculty at all stages of the teaching and learning process.
The ITS Support Center serves as Mason’s central point of contact for students and faculty members experiencing computing, network, and phone issues. To assist faculty members with the Blackboard Learn web-based Learning Management System (LMS), the Blackboard Course Support team also provides services and resources.
As you are planning your online course, please note that Mason supports testing solutions for distance education courses. ODL maintains a campus-wide license for Respondus Monitor, which is a remote proctoring solution that integrates with Blackboard and is available to all Mason faculty. Respondus Monitor is an additional tool that works with Respondus Lockdown Browser, preventing students from leaving the online testing environment.
There are a number of units available to help capture and promote instructor presence in an online classroom. The Collaborative Learnign Hub (CLUB) provides training and support for a variety of tools, and GMU-TV develops educational content for free for Mason’s online and on-campus courses. Other video management tools include Kaltura CaptureSpace in Blackboard and One Button Studio on the Fairfax Campus.
Mason’s Writing Center staff provides a variety of resources and services intended to support students as they work to construct and share knowledge through writing. Services include tutoring, workshops, writing guides, handbooks, and virtual appointments through the Online Writing Lab (OWL).