Virtual Learning at the Elliott School

Resources and support to help move classes online are available through GW’s library; but also, directly, at the Elliott School. Below you will find more information on assistance from the Elliott School's Academic Programs and Online and Instructional Design Teams, plus additional resource guides from Blackboard and the library.

Communication to Faculty and Students Regarding Virtual Learning

Training for ESIA Faculty

Please feel free to reach out to the Elliott School's Online and Instructional Design Team with any questions or help. 

Self-Guided Resources for ESIA Online Faculty

Several topic-specific guides have been produced by Blackboard and by the library. 

To find topic-specific guides, please follow these steps:

  1. Go to
  2. Log in with your GW username and password (Your username is the phrase in your email address appearing before "")
  3. On the top left side of your homepage, you should see a tab for Blackboard Guides. Click there.
  4. Depending on the issue you need help with, Blackboard has a corresponding guide and/or video.

***If you still need help or wish to set up a time for a guided explanation, please send an email to [email protected]

Library Resources for all GW Faculty

Campus Advisories provides additional online resources about how to move classes online

The University Instructional Core, in the library, also has been conducting workshops for faculty on how to use blackboard for educating our students online. The team is ready to ramp up workshops over the next few weeks to assist faculty in maintaining instructional continuity should the campus suspend (or scale back) face-to-face instruction for any period of time. Faculty and chairs should contact [email protected] for assistance.

Technical Issues


For Connectivity and Functionality Issues

Contact GW IT:

GW IT provides instructor and student support for access issues related to Blackboard (NetID), Banner (student enrollment, faculty assignments) and email.


For Instructional Technologies Issues

Contact the Instructional Technology Lab (ITL):

ITL provides instructor support on the use of Blackboard, VoiceThread, Echo360, and other instructional technologies.