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.
To login to Blackboard, use your GW NetID (the portion of your email address before the @ symbol) and corresponding password. Please note that you will be able to log in to Blackboard approximately 24 hours after you first claim your Net ID.
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 GW NetIDs (the GW NetID is the part of a GW email address before the “@” symbol) and the passwords that correspond to their NetIDs.
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 full GW email ([email protected]) and the passwords that correspond to their NetIDs. 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 GW NetID and corresponding password.
Your GWMail address is your GW NetID followed by "@gwmail.gwu.edu."
GW uses two-step authentication in conjunction with GW Google apps (email, calendar, drive, etc.)
The GWeb Information System, sometimes referred to as Banner or Banner Self Service, allows online access for GW students, faculty, and staff to many GW services.
Current students, faculty and staff, as well as alumni as of May 2019, will log into the GWeb Information System using their GW email address ([email protected]) and password, instead of using GWID and PIN. Access via GWID and PIN will no longer be active for these users once the upgrade is complete. Applicants, former faculty and staff, and alumni who graduated before May 2019 will continue to login via GWID and PIN.
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.
|Colonial Connect Jabber||
Jabber brings phone capabilities to your computer through the integration of chat, voice, video and desktop share in one tool.
|Colonial Connect WebEx||
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.
|Microsoft Office 365||
Install full versions of popular Microsoft Office applications such as Word, Excel and Powerpoint on up to 5 PCs or Macs and up to 5 mobile devices such as iPad/iPhone, Android and Windows devices.
|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.
|Symantec Endpoint Protection||
GW IT offers Symantec Endpoint Protection software to GW students, faculty and staff for anti-virus protection.
|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.
|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, GWPlay. For instructions on how to add your devices for GWPlay, please visit the GWiz Knowledgebase and search for keyword "GWPlay"
On Your Computer
Visit xfinityoncampus.com, select George Washington University from the list, authenticate with your GW NetID and password, and click the 'Watch Now' button.
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 GW NetID 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 GW email address ([email protected]) and corresponding password.
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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