IT Services

Academic Resources

Academic Technology Consultants

Faculty who have questions about using technology in their teaching or research are encouraged to contact their Academic Technology Consultant. The consultants provide expertise in technologies that can enhance in-class time, course assignments and projects, data collection and analysis, etc. Each academic department has a corresponding consultant, though varying needs may result in a more individualized assignment.

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.

Audio/Video Equipment

Academic Technology Services circulates a wide variety of A/V equipment for academic use. 

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-CPU core computing cluster consisting of 77 computers or nodes. Using the computing cluster can dramatically accelerate completion of large and complex analytical problems by splitting the work across multiple computers.

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.

Event Media Services

Support services for media services technology for events such as audio/visual equipment are available on campus.

LimeSurvey

LimeSurvey allows users to quickly create intuitive, powerful, online question-and-answer surveys that can work for tens to thousands of participants without much effort. The survey software itself is self-guiding for the respondents who are participating.

Amherst College is now running it’s own LimeSurvey server. Contact Academic Technology Services for details.

Moodle

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 legacy Apache 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

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.

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