Graduate School of Education - George Mason University
Graduate School of Education - George Mason University

Our Graduate School of Education is the alma mater for one third of teachers and administrators in Northern Virginia’s world-class school systems. Each year, more than 3,000 graduate students enroll in our innovative academic programs, which include advanced study for teachers and school leaders, instructional design and technology, and a renowned PhD in Education program that is among the largest in the country.

School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism - George Mason University

The School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism (SRHT) offers exciting, career-ready majors in dynamic fields such as athletic training, tourism and events management, health and physical education, kinesiology, sport management, and recreation management. SRHT features renowned faculty, cutting-edge research, six laboratories and centers, and a diverse student body of more than 1,000 undergraduate and graduate students each year. Each major requires one or more internship or clinical experiences, ensuring that students graduate not just with a transcript but with a resume that demonstrates their professional aptitude and skills.

The Virginia Consortium for Teacher Preparation in Vision Impairment program uses several distance education technologies to share course content, engage in interactive class discussions and see participants in real time across the five universities.

Technology Overview

Below is an overview of the technology used in the program. Please take the time to review the reference guides.

Blackboard Learn 9.1

Blackboard an on-line learning system that provides online course delivery and content management. Using Blackboard Organizations, students can download course content, participate in class discussions, submit assignments, and view grades.

IMPORTANT: BB Organizations are available in the myMason Portal.

Organizations 9.1 can be accessed using the following instructions:

  • Open a browser, type in the web address:
  • Login
    • GMU Students: Enter your Mason NetID (the first portion of your e-mail address, before the @) then enter your Password (PatriotPass credentials).
    • NON-GMU Students:

Username: x_firstname.lastname
Password: bbcommunity

  • Click the Login button.
  • Choose the Organizations Tab, located across the top of the myMason Portal.
  • Locate the Bb 9.1 Organizations List Module.
  • Click the title of your class to access course materials.

Resources and Support

Phone: (703) 993-9772

Blackboard Collaborate v. 11

Blackboard Collaborate (formerly Elluminate) is a web-conferencing software program, which is integrated into Blackboard Learn. It allows for synchronous course web-conferencing and recorded presentations.

Resources and Support

Phone: (703) 993-9772


ConferenceMe is a video conferencing software program that is used by those students who do not live within close proximity to one of the participating universities or video conferencing sites. It allows participants to access a conference without a hardware-based endpoint.

Resources and Support

Phone: (703) 993-3895
E-mail: dgieckel@gmu.ed,