GW IT has many valuable technology services for students that are very important components of a successful academic and social experience at the university.
Blackboard at GW is an online course management system based on the Blackboard Learning System. It enables users to access course syllabi, course-related materials, assignments, assessments and communication features provided by instructors. Blackboard at GW is an authenticated system, so GW community members can only gain access to the online content for courses for which they are registered.
GW Information Technology Support Center is the first point of contact for Blackboard support. The IT Support Center is available Monday - Friday, 7:00am - 10:00pm by phone at 202-994-4948 and press option 2 or by email at [email protected]. You can also submit a web request support ticket.
After hours, weekend and holiday support is also available through Blackboard Learn Support which can be contacted via the same number 202-994-4948 option 2 when the IT Support Center is closed.
GWireless is a secure wireless network that uses an authentication method that works with a variety of computers, Apple iOS mobile devices and a variety of Android devices. GWireless automatically connects devices to the Internet. Once users are connected, they will not have to log in to the system again. GW community members may log into GWireless using their UserID and corresponding password.
eduroam (education roaming) is a secure, worldwide roaming access service developed for the international research and education community, and it allows students from member institutions to connect to the Internet across campus and when visiting other participating institutions using their UserID follwed by "@gwu.edu" and corresponding password. For more information and a list of participating U.S. institutions, visit “Where can I eduroam?”.
GW students living on-campus can now register their Apple TV, Playstation 4s, Roku media players, Amazon Fire Sticks, Nintendo Switch and Xbox Ones to GW's gaming and streaming network, GWConnect. With GWConnect, you’ll be able to wirelessly connect your devices to the GW network. For instructions on how to add your devices for GWConnect, please visit the GWiz Knowledgebase.
GWired provides students living in the residence hall system with a high-speed wired network connection. Students can sign out equipment for their wired internet connections from the IT Support Center by calling 202-994-GWIT (4948) or by visiting the ITSC Walk-Up Support Office. Most residence halls require media converters to use GWired.
GWMail is the University's email system for students and alumni. GWMail features enhanced storage capabilities and access to GWCalendar. You may access GWMail by visiting the myGW Portal, selecting "email" on the left menu and then under "Students" or "Alumni", selecting "Go to GWMail". Log in with your UserID and corresponding password.
GW uses two-step authentication in conjunction with GW Google apps (email, calendar, drive, etc.)
The software and business apps listed below are available to all students at the George Washington University.
|Adobe Creative Cloud||
Adobe Creative Cloud includes Photoshop, InDesign, Dreamweaver, Illustrator and more and can be downloaded on your university-owned or personal device.
Note: You must use your @gwu.edu email to take advantage of the GW license. Using any other email, like @email.gwu.edu or @gwmail.gwu.edu, will result in you being prompted to set up a free 30 day account that will expire.
|Webex Unified Client||
Webex Unified Client is a collaborative meeting tool that allows for real-time video meetings and sharing of computer content over the web. This client allows you to use your GW office phone number and includes all the features of Jabber, WebEx meetings, and more.
|LinkedIn Learning||You can access dozens of regularly updated online courses in design, leadership, multimedia tools and techniques, and common software applications led by recognized industry experts. Access to LinkedIn Learning is available to the GW community at no cost. Access LinkedIn Learning|
GitHub is a code repository service for Git and version control.
View the Getting Started Article to install the GitHub client and create a GitHub account.
For more information on GitHub, view the GitHub FAQ Article.
For detailed instructions about installing Microsoft 365 on Windows or Mac, please vistit:
To Download Microsoft 365 Please visit the Microsoft Office Portal and sign in with you UserID and Password
|Statistical Analysis System (SAS)||
SAS (Statistical Analysis System) is a software suite developed for advanced analytics, multivariate analyses, business intelligence, data management, and predictive analytics.
|Virtual Private Network (VPN)||
The VPN allows remote access to many university systems and resources that are otherwise protected from off-campus access. It does this by creating a "virtual" encrypted channel from your remote location back to GW's network.
|Geographic Information Systems (GIS)||
ArcGIS Pro is a full-featured professional geographic information system (GIS) desktop application from Esri. With ArcGIS Pro, you can explore, visualize, and analyze data; create 2D maps and 3D scenes; and share work to ArcGIS Online. ArcGIS Online is a collaborative web-based GIS that allows you to use, create, and share maps, scenes, apps, layers, analytics, and data.
Both ArcGIS Pro and ArcGIS Online are available to GW students, faculty, and staff on university-owned and personal devices. For more information, view the How To: Access ArcGIS Online and Install ArcGIS Pro article.
|Access XOC||Access HBO GO|
|With Xfinity On Campus (XOC), GW students living in on-campus housing can watch and record live high-definition TV. You can access Xfinity On Campus from your computer, tablet, smart phone or Roku media players.||
GW students living in on campus housing have access to HBO GO and MAX GO.
With Xfinity on Campus, GW students living in on campus housing have access to:
GW students living in on campus housing have access to HBO GO:
GW students living in on campus housing have access to MAX GO:
Smart TVs, Roku media players and gaming consoles can be connected to the GW network via an ethernet connection through our GWired network. You can also register your Apple TV, Playstation 4s, Roku media players, Nintendo Switch and Xbox Ones to GW's gaming and streaming network, GWConnect. For instructions on how to add your devices for GWConnect, please visit the GWiz Knowledgebase and search for keyword "GWConnect"
On Your Computer
On Your Mobile Device
Download the XFINITY Stream TV mobile app in your app store (Apple or Google Play), click the 'sign-in as a student' link at the bottom of the page and select George Washington University from the list. Then authenticate with your UserID and password and click the 'Watch Now' button.
On Your TV
For the big screen experience, watch Xfinity streaming on your TV with Roku or a laptop connected by HDMI cable.
On Your Roku
1. Connect your Roku to your TV via an HDMI cable
2. Connect your Roku power cord to an outlet
3. Follow the Xfinity instructions for setting up your Roku.
4. Select the Xfinity Streaming channel to watch TV on your Roku.
In Your Community Lounge
In community lounges, basic cables services will be provided through a TV box and remote control.
Webex, a Colonial Connect service, is available to all GW students, faculty and staff. Webex is a collaborative meeting tool that allows for real-time video meetings and sharing of computer content over the web. Features include multi-point video conferencing and desktop share to meet for a group project, catch up with friends or make a video call home.
Students can host Webex meetings for free using a computer, smart phone or tablet and a headset or speakers to participate in the audio portion of the meeting. Student hosted meetings can support up to 1,000 attendees. Students may attend WebEx meetings hosted by faculty and staff for free; any fees will be charged to the meeting host. Fee-based Webex hosting with long distance or toll-free calling service is not available for students.
Faculty, staff, students and guests of the university may all be invited to and attend Webex meetings on either the faculty and staff domain or the student domain. If you are hosting, simply invite your attendees by email address in the Webex tool. To begin using your Webex account, login to gwstudent.webex.com with your UserID and corresponding password.
In May, Webex Meetings users will start receiving prompts to update to the latest version of the Webex Client. For more information, please see "Switching from Webex Meetings Client to the new Webex Client".
Monitoring - Due to circumstances resulting from COVID-19 (coronavirus disease), a historic number of employees are rapidly transitioning to remote work. Webex meetings have never been more vital for staying connected. This is also putting a tremendous strain on regional internet service providers and telephony providers which may result in telephony incidents or service degradation at certain peak times.
Here are a few tips to get the best meeting experience in any situation:
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