Web & Collaboration

web and collaboration

The Division of Information Technology provides a variety of web and collaboration tools for GW students, faculty and staff to use both on and off campus. These services can be used to manage documents and online content, collect user input and communicate with other GW community members. 

Acad

Acad or UNIX accounts give students access to file space to create personal web pages, shell script programming, compliers, text-based email through the Pine email system and news reader systems Tin and Tim.

The Acad system is being retired in 2016. Existing users will be provided information in January 2016 about migrating their websites to a new platform. 

Blackboard

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 students can only gain access to the online content for courses for which they are registered. To log in to Blackboard, use your GW NetID and corresponding password.

Access Blackboard

Resources

How to logon to Blackboard
 

GW Blogs

GW Blogs is a WordPress-based self-service platform available to current faculty, staff and students to create websites or blogs for official and unofficial use.

Access GW Blogs

"Official use” is defined as a blog or website intended for official GW business, such as for an event, initiative, grant-based research project or university department.

“Unofficial use” is defined as a blog or website intended for personal, non-GW business purposes. Some examples include: a student, staff or faculty member’s personal website, or a site created for a student class project.

With GW Blogs you’ll be able to:

  • Set up a blog with a news feed and ability for comments, or a traditional website with multiple static pages
  • Manage your site via a web-based interface (no need for knowledge of HTML or FTP)
  • Customize the layout of your homepage and interior pages
  • Grant other users access to edit your site
  • Use Wordpress plugins to extend your site’s functionality
  • Choose from multiple template options, including “official” templates with GW branding and “unofficial” templates for personal sites

To get started, visit the GW Blogs homepage and follow the instructions to request a blog. Unofficial blogs are created immediately, while official blog requests undergo review and are usually available within 3-5 business days.

Visit the GW Blogs Support section for detailed instructions about how to choose your theme and create web pages and blog posts.

GW Mobile

GW Mobile provides instant access to information on key university resources from a web-enabled mobile device. The app is available for iOSAndroid and Mobile Web. Students can use GW Mobile to find out course availability, schedules and instructor information, access campus maps, access GW directory services, read about university news, find campus shuttle information, access GW email and more. 

InCommon Federation

The InCommon Federation service allows the GW community to use their GW NetID and corresponding password to log into participating InCommon Federation Service Providers' websites.  This allows GW users to access third party websites without maintaining separate sets of credentials.  GW users will only be able to access third party service providers that have been validated and established for the GW community.  The InCommon Federation service is currently connected to several online systems at GW, including GW email, CourseLeaf, the GW Alumni Mobile app and the GWiz knowledge base.

WebEx

The Division of Information Technology (IT) is pleased to announce that WebEx, a Colonial Connect service, is now available to all GW students. 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 8 attendees. Students may attend WebEx meetings hosted by faculty and staff for free; all 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 NetID and corresponding password.

Login to WebEx

Watch this video to learn more about what WebEx can do for you. 

Acad

Acad or UNIX accounts give users access to file space to create personal web pages, shell script programming, compliers, text-based email through the Pine email system and news reader systems Tin and Tim. 

The Acad system is being retired in 2016. Existing users will be provided information in January 2016 about migrating their websites to a new platform. 

Blackboard

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 faculty can only access information for the courses they teach. To log in to Blackboard, use your GW NetID and corresponding password.

Access Blackboard

Resources

How to logon to Blackboard
Blackboard FAQs

GW Blogs

GW Blogs is a WordPress-based self-service platform available to current faculty, staff and students to create websites or blogs for official and unofficial use.

Access GW Blogs

"Official use” is defined as a blog or website intended for official GW business, such as for an event, initiative, grant-based research project or university department.

“Unofficial use” is defined as a blog or website intended for personal, non-GW business purposes. Some examples include: a student, staff or faculty member’s personal website, or a site created for a student class project.

With GW Blogs you’ll be able to:

  • Set up a blog with a news feed and ability for comments, or a traditional website with multiple static pages
  • Manage your site via a web-based interface (no need for knowledge of HTML or FTP)
  • Customize the layout of your homepage and interior pages
  • Grant other users access to edit your site
  • Use Wordpress plugins to extend your site’s functionality
  • Choose from multiple template options, including “official” templates with GW branding and “unofficial” templates for personal sites

To get started, visit the GW Blogs homepage and follow the instructions to request a blog. Unofficial blogs are created immediately, while official blog requests undergo review and are usually available within 3-5 business days.

Visit the GW Blogs Support section for detailed instructions about how to choose your theme and create web pages and blog posts.

GW Drupal

GW Drupal is GW's central content management system.  The system supports multiple types of content with a customizable layout, so that websites can be customized accordingly with needs. Use the GW Drupal Website Project Request Form to request migration of an existing website, creation of a new website or reorganization and editing of an existing website in GW Drupal. 

Submit a Drupal Website Project Request
 

Learn more about GW Drupal and its features and tutorials for managing your GW Drupal website

GW Mobile

GW Mobile provides instant access to information on key university resources from a web-enabled mobile device. The app is available for iOSAndroid and Mobile Web. Faculty can use GW Mobile to view campus maps, access the Aladin mobile catalog for print and electronic books, journals and multimedia resources, access GW directory services, catch up on university news, access GW email and more.

InCommon Federation

The InCommon Federation service allows the GW community to use their GW NetID and corresponding password to log into participating InCommon Federation Service Providers' websites.  This allows GW users to access third party websites without maintaining separate sets of credentials.  GW users will only be able to access third party service providers that have been validated and established for the GW community.  The InCommon Federation service is currently connected to several online systems at GW, including GW email, CourseLeaf, the GW Alumni Mobile app and the GWiz knowledge base.

Jabber

Colonial Connect

Jabber, a Colonial Connect service from the Division of IT, brings phone capabilities to your computer through the integration of chat, voice, video and desktop share in one tool. Once installed, you can select any of these features from the Jabber window. Jabber allows you to make and receive calls, check voicemail, receive voicemail messages in your email inbox, group chat with others and easily see who is online, integrate your calendar and share video and desktop with someone else all from your computer. Jabber also supports WebEx integration, and will automatically send invites to those within a Jabber group chat if WebEx is needed. 

Download Jabber      Jabber Training

Download instructions: Login to the software downloads page with your GW NetID and corresponding password. Use the dropdown to navigate to the Colonial Connect section. Select the Cisco Jabber Client that matches your operating system of your computer. If you need assistance downloading Jabber, please call the IT Support Center at 202-994-4948. 

TeamSites

TeamSites provides GW offices and groups a shared and secure webspace to use for communication, document sharing and collaboration.

To access your TeamSites, go to https://teamsites.gwu.edu and login with your NetID and password. VPN Connection is required for off campus access.

Access TeamSites

In most department cases, a base allocation has already been established based on past and current needs. In the event a base allocation and base cost has not been established, the annual cost is $36/GB allocated. The cost over the base allocation is $36 per GB/year (rounded up to the nearest GB). Cost is calculated based on allocated storage.

The scheduled maintenance window for this service will be weekly, Tuesday and Wednesday from 12:00am to 5:00am. Customers are asked to limit access to the service during this time, as services may be unavailable or unreliable. Customers will be notified in advance if the maintenance window will be utilized.

To request a TeamSite, go to TeamSites' website and login with your NetID and corresponding password.  Select "Request a TeamSite" from the left navigation pane and comlete and submit the form.  TeamSites are automatically provisioned and a confirmation email is sent to the requestor.

Resources

TeamSites FAQ

 

WebEx

Colonial Connect

The Division of Information Technology (IT) is pleased to announce that WebEx, a Colonial Connect service, is now available to all GW faculty and staff. WebEx is a collaborative meeting tool that allows for real-time video meetings and sharing computer content over the web. Features include multi-point video conferencing and desktop share to help facilitate online meetings or teach a class. Sessions can be recorded and can accommodate up to 500 users in one session.

There is no charge for attending a WebEx meeting when you use your computer and a headset or speakers to participate in the audio portion of the meeting. The meeting host will be charged $0.025 per minute, per attendee who use a long distance number to dial in. The meeting host will be charged $0.06 per minute, per attendee who use a toll-free number to dial in.

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 and choose the connection methods you wish to allow (computer only, toll number dial-in or toll-free dial-in) in the WebEx tool. To begin using your WebEx account, login to gwu.webex.com with your GW NetID and corresponding password.

Login to WebEx

Watch this video to learn more about what WebEx can do for you. 

Acad

Acad or UNIX accounts give users access to file space to create personal web pages, shell script programming, compliers, text-based email through the Pine email system and news reader systems Tin and Tim.

The Acad system is being retired in 2016. Existing users will be provided information in January 2016 about migrating their websites to a new platform. 

GW Blogs

GW Blogs is a WordPress-based self-service platform available to current faculty, staff and students to create websites or blogs for official and unofficial use.

Access GW Blogs

"Official use” is defined as a blog or website intended for official GW business, such as for an event, initiative, grant-based research project or university department.

“Unofficial use” is defined as a blog or website intended for personal, non-GW business purposes. Some examples include: a student, staff or faculty member’s personal website, or a site created for a student class project.

With GW Blogs you’ll be able to:

  • Set up a blog with a news feed and ability for comments, or a traditional website with multiple static pages
  • Manage your site via a web-based interface (no need for knowledge of HTML or FTP)
  • Customize the layout of your homepage and interior pages
  • Grant other users access to edit your site
  • Use Wordpress plugins to extend your site’s functionality
  • Choose from multiple template options, including “official” templates with GW branding and “unofficial” templates for personal sites

To get started, visit the GW Blogs homepage and follow the instructions to request a blog. Unofficial blogs are created immediately, while official blog requests undergo review and are usually available within 3-5 business days.

Visit the GW Blogs Support section for detailed instructions about how to choose your theme and create web pages and blog posts.

GW Drupal

GW Drupal is GW's central content management system.  The system supports multiple types of content with a customizable layout, so that websites can be customized accordingly with needs. Use the GW Drupal Website Project Request Form to request migration of an existing website, creation of a new website or reorganization and editing of an existing website in GW Drupal. 

Submit a Drupal Website Project Request
 

Learn more about GW Drupal and its features and tutorials for managing your GW Drupal website

GW Mobile

GW Mobile provides instant access to information on key university resources from a web-enabled mobile device. The app is available for iOSAndroid and Mobile Web. Staff can use GW Mobile to view campus maps, access GW directory services, catch up on campus news, browse the university calendars, access emergency information and more. 

InCommon Federation

The InCommon Federation service allows the GW community to use their GW NetID and corresponding password to log into participating InCommon Federation Service Providers' websites.  This allows GW users to access third party websites without maintaining separate sets of credentials.  GW users will only be able to access third party service providers that have been validated and established for the GW community.  The InCommon Federation service is currently connected to several online systems at GW, including GW email, CourseLeaf, the GW Alumni Mobile app and the GWiz knowledge base.

Jabber

Colonial Connect

Jabber, a Colonial Connect service from the Division of IT, brings phone capabilities to your computer through the integration of chat, voice, video and desktop share in one tool. Once installed, you can select any of these features from the Jabber window. Jabber allows you to make and receive calls, check voicemail, receive voicemail messages in your email inbox, group chat with others and easily see who is online, integrate your calendar and share video and desktop with someone else all from your computer. Jabber also supports WebEx integration, and will automatically send invites to those within a Jabber group chat if WebEx is needed. 

Download Jabber      Jabber Training

Download instructions: Login to the software downloads page with your GW NetID and corresponding password. Use the dropdown to navigate to the Colonial Connect section. Select the Cisco Jabber Client that matches your operating system of your computer. If you need assistance downloading Jabber, please call the IT Support Center at 202-994-4948. 

TeamSites

TeamSites provides GW offices and groups a shared and secure webspace to use for communication, document sharing and collaboration.

To access your TeamSites, go to https://teamsites.gwu.edu and login with your NetID and password. VPN Connection is required for off campus access.

Access TeamSites

In most department cases, a base allocation has already been established based on past and current needs. In the event a base allocation and base cost has not been established, the annual cost is $36/GB allocated. The cost over the base allocation is $36 per GB/year (rounded up to the nearest GB). Cost is calculated based on allocated storage.

The scheduled maintenance window for this service will be weekly, Tuesday and Wednesday from 12:00am to 5:00am. Customers are asked to limit access to the service during this time, as services may be unavailable or unreliable. Customers will be notified in advance if the maintenance window will be utilized.

To request a TeamSite, go to TeamSites' website and login with your NetID and corresponding password.  Select "Request a TeamSite" from the left navigation pane and comlete and submit the form.  TeamSites are automatically provisioned and a confirmation email is sent to the requestor.

Resources

TeamSites FAQ

 

WebEx

Colonial Connect

The Division of Information Technology (IT) is pleased to announce that WebEx, a Colonial Connect service, is now available to all GW faculty and staff. WebEx is a collaborative meeting tool that allows for real-time video meetings and sharing computer content over the web. Features include multi-point video conferencing and desktop share to help facilitate online meetings or teach a class. Sessions can be recorded and can accommodate up to 500 users in one session.

There is no charge for attending a WebEx meeting when you use your computer and a headset or speakers to participate in the audio portion of the meeting. The meeting host will be charged $0.025 per minute, per attendee who use a long distance number to dial in. The meeting host will be charged $0.06 per minute, per attendee who use a toll-free number to dial in.

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 and choose the connection methods you wish to allow (computer only, toll number dial-in or toll-free dial-in) in the WebEx tool. To begin using your WebEx account, login to gwu.webex.com with your GW NetID and corresponding password.

Login to WebEx

Watch this video to learn more about what WebEx can do for you. 

InCommon Federation

The InCommon Federation service allows the GW community to use their GW NetID and corresponding password to log into participating InCommon Federation Service Providers' websites.  This allows GW users to access third party websites without maintaining separate sets of credentials.  GW users will only be able to access third party service providers that have been validated and established for the GW community.  The InCommon Federation service is currently connected to several online systems at GW, including GW email, CourseLeaf, the GW Alumni Mobile app and the GWiz knowledge base.