GMU in other words, George Mason University is a centre for learning and teaching. It is a hub for promoting teaching excellence and innovation. This university housing staff from digital learning and teaching excellence. The centre is a one-stop destination for all George Mason faculty and graduate students. It is popular as the centre where both the faculties and students seek to explore and test new ideas for teaching methods and techniques. Among the methods and techniques, online course delivery and integrated instructional design are including.
Moreover, this university offers a range of learning and support opportunities for instructors across Mason’s campuses. It is an application in both cases either you are just a novice or have years of experience.
This university even wholeheartedly welcomes all to explore their online resources. In addition, they welcome all to visit them at the Centre to learn about available programs and support. Even you have the privilege to contact them in case you can’t find what you are looking for.
George Mason University provides a range of majors to study and to teach. Among them, the most popular majors at GMU are Business, Management, Marketing and related support services. Others are Computer and Information Sciences and support services, Social sciences, health profession and related programs. Moreover, Homeland security, Law enforcement, Fire fighting and related protective services are also important majors.
Blackboard courses basically provide a secure login system and tools. The main objective is to create and administer face-to-face and online courses. Some of these tools even include discussion forums and student group areas. Moreover, text-based & real-time chat and a grade book for securely distributing grades to enrolled students are also among them. In addition, “assessment tools for administering quizzes and exams” is also another one.
Based on Faculty assignments in Patriot Web, all course folders are automatically created. Once you are listed as officially teaching a course in patriot Web or officially registered for the course. Then only you will receive a course folder in Blackboard.
Student roster is another option that only the faculty can access. They are updated for you. Once any students are added or dropped from Patriot Web, the changes are reflected in Blackboard courses. Moreover, courses are created during the first two weeks of registration. This happens to give faculty the opportunity to develop their courses before the semester starts.
While to get this Blackboard service, all Blackboard courses users can do GMU login via mymason.gmu.edu. The username is the same as your Mason NetID. However, the password is the same as your Mason email account.
Now we will be talking about the GMU Bb login process for the users.
GMU Bb Login:
- Open a new web page and enter the link https://mymasonportal.gmu.edu/ and enter into the GMU email login page.
- A new page will open showing Mason Bb Login. There you will find the Guest Login option.
- You need to click on the option “Guest Login” then a new page will open. Now you need to create your username and password to sign in.
- There is another option for already registered guests. In this case, if you forget your password then you can retrieve this as well. You need to click on “Forgot Password” and follow the instructions afterwards to complete the procedure. In this way, you can again retrieve/ reset your password too.
There are several queries regarding the services of Blackboard that I’ll discuss further for the readers here.
Q. 1. How do students get access to Blackboard courses?
All users can access Blackboard services via the myMason portal. Therefore you need to do the blackboard GMU login. You need to log in to mymason.gmu.edu to access Blackboard services. Then the students should select the Courses tab. In this way, both the students and faculty will gain access to their courses from this location.
Q. 2. What are the Blackboard course roles?
Basically, course roles control access to the content and tools within a course. Users are assign a role for each course. Of course, the course is in which they participate. Suppose a user has the role of teaching assistant in one course. However, he/she can have the role of student in another course. Usually, a course role is set when a user enrols himself or herself. Though you can edit your course role later the enrolment again. However, you can edit the role from the control panel.
Q. 3. How to archive or export a Blackboard course?
Archiving a course generally allows the instructor to make an exact copy or permanent record of the course. This including all the content, user interactions as well as grades at the time of the copy. Here you must save and maintain the archive which is a zip file on your own computer. Also, you may maintain on a backup medium like cloud storage, external hard drive, MESA or on a flash drive.
While exporting a course is similar to an archive. However, it only includes instructor created content. You can import an export zip file into another Blackboard course. It is possible by the instructor or one instructor can share it with another instructor. It excludes all student content. Contents like grades, assignment submission, and discussion for instance.
However, there are some important points to remember while exporting or archiving:
- While the archiving or exporting is in progress you should not make any changes to the course. You need to wait until you receive a confirmation email. Moreover, you need to wait till the confirmation of the completion.
- The archive or export zip file is only design so that it can be reused in a Blackboard site. Also, you can’t access it on your computer.
Q.4. How you can copy a Blackboard course?
One tool called the “Course Copy tool” helps in copying a Blackboard course. The instructor, teaching assistant or course builder thus copy content from one course to another. However, there is a must for the users in both courses to be able to perform a course copy. Because the user must be an instructor, or a course builder or a teaching assistant.