IT Services

Academic Technology Services

About the Instructional Designer

hari stephen kumar is Amherst College's Instructional Designer. hari's services cover a wide range of teaching and learning matters, including course design, student engagement, innovative pedagogies, assessment and evaluation, and integrating technologies with teaching. hari specializes in active learner-centered teaching and fostering collaborative learning communities.

Academic Technology Consultants

Academic Technology Services supports faculty and students in their use of information technology in teaching and research. The Academic Technology Project Showcase features several academic projects that ATS has developed and supported.

ATS provides expertise in advanced technologies that enhance in-class activities, course projects, data collection and analysis, multimedia communication and more.

Audio and Video E-Reserves

Faculty can submit a request to have audio or video materials digitized for use in coursework as electronic reserves (E-Reserves), which can then be streamed to student computers.

The curricular digitizing service does not provide for digitizing of research materials, archiving of collections, or any other use which is not clearly curricular and a definitive part of a planned course syllabus.

Classroom Response Systems

Classroom response systems enhance the interaction between students and teachers, especially in larger classes (30 students or more).

Computing Cluster

To facilitate faculty and student research, the College operates a 460-core computing cluster consisting of 77 computers or nodes. Such distributed computing is related to the ideas of parallel computing (which could occur within a single computer with multiple CPUs) and grid computing (describing a large number of mostly independent computers that cooperate on a project).

Course Catalog Editing System

Departments use the Course Catalog Editing System to propose new courses, make minor and major revisions to existing courses, include required textbook information for courses, and indicate which courses will be offered--and will not be offered--in the upcoming academic year.

Instructional Design Services

Instructional design services include individual consultations, collaborative design sessions with cross-campus teams, private coaching and feedback, customized workshops and classroom sessions, and curated access to a wide range of research and resources for innovative teaching.


Moodle is the College's learning management system (LMS). It hosts individual course websites used by instructors and students. 

SensusAccess Document Conversion for Accessibility

The Five Colleges, including Amherst College, have access to the SensusAccess document conversion service. SensusAccess is an email and web-based service capable of automatically transforming documents into a variety of alternative formats for people with visual and/or reading impairments.This service is provided by Five Colleges Incorporated to generate accessible versions of print documents for individuals with disabilities. 

By using this service you agree that your use is for a person with a disability and that you are an Amherst College community member.

Unix Servers

Amherst IT provides two Unix servers for general use, Romulus and Remus. They provide the main interface to working with the College's traditional web server, and are also used to learn computer programming and for scientific research. There is also a computing cluster for resource-intensive projects that can be split into many independent or semi-independent tasks.

Virtual Computing Lab (VCL)

The Virtual Computing Lab (VCL) is a system that enables faculty, students, and staff to remotely access specialized software on any computer. If you are a Mac user and need to run Windows software, no problem, the VCL makes this possible.


WordPress allows faculty and students to easily create professionally polished looking websites where course writing extends beyond the boundaries of the classroom and becomes a vibrant entity within the social media context. From online e-magazines, to social activist websites to creative writing collections, the applications for blogs are endless.