The great thing about attending a newer school like George Mason is that students have access to wireless Internet practically everywhere they go. Most students think having a laptop is a huge benefit, especially since the computer labs are very crowded during the day and during finals. Most buildings on campus do provide wireless Internet, so bringing a laptop for class is good for taking notes and doing a little Facebook surfing when the lectures get too boring. Logging on to the wireless Internet is simple (you just have to type in your Mason username and password) but sometimes the system can be a pain—you need to re-log in about every hour, so always make sure you’re logged in when trying to submit an assignment, otherwise you could lose your work.
Blackboard, a site that allows professors to post class content and grades for students, is a popular tool here, and assignments for some courses may all be submitted via Blackboard based on the professor’s preference. One major student complaint is that the site goes under maintenance at inconvenient times, and even crashes sometimes, making it hard to view the syllabus or submit assignments for class. The ITU Support Center is helpful when students are having computer issues, and can even make free in-room visits to rid students’ laptops of viruses or take care of other common computer issues. Overall, Mason is definitely a technologically advanced campus, although the University is still working out a few minor technology glitches.