Frequently asked questions.

What is the background for the Online Studio pilot?

The George Mason University Instructional Foundation (GMUIF) manages two online studios (VPS) for Mason faculty and staff to teach classes, training, or use for meetings. They are based on systems installed at Johns Hopkins University (JHU). The VPS's purpose is to help determine to what extent Mason might benefit from some or all of the technology offered by the online studios. There is no charge at this time.

The input for the screens (two large and one small) is flexible, enabling the instructor to interact more effectively with students and manage the additional technology. The system inputs are easily controlled through an iPad, including a whiteboard with a camera, a document camera, and a digital tablet for drawing and annotation. Mason internet is used, the environment is quiet, and the audio quality is high (no mask required).

Any Mason faculty who want to enhance their teaching online (synchronous or asynchronous) through easy-to-use technology. The studio's focus is on a subset of courses that could benefit from more specialized high-touch interaction than the standard home office equipment offers. In addition, the VPS systems help faculty manage the AV/Zoom technology necessary for a high-quality teaching and learning experience.

Additionally, any Mason staff interested in using the studio to run online meetings or training are invited to use the studios. As with teaching classes, these studios offer high-touch interaction and can help staff manage the AV/Zoom technology.

The two VPS are located in low-traffic areas and are part of a strategy to provide higher-quality online education and minimize faculty health risks. Online studios are 1) Van Metre Hall, room 722 (TV Studio), and 2) GMUIF offices, 10716 Kelley Drive, across 123 from Mason’s Global Center.

GMUIF provides management, training, and technical support. The VPS systems are plug and play, allowing the instructors to bring their laptops and focus on teaching.

There is no cost to the department or professor to utilize the studio. All that we request is that Instructors and students will fill out a short survey to help determine the online studio systems' effectiveness.