Instructional Design

hari stephen kumar is Amherst College's instructional designer. He provides support and resources for a wide range of teaching and learning topics, including:

  • Pedagogy consultation and research
  • Designing activities, exercises, and assignments
  • Designing courses, syllabi, and projects
  • Designing curricular goals and frameworks
  • Evaluating and assessing learning experiences
  • Getting the most out of active, blended, flipped, and team-based learning
  • Integrating technologies with teaching.

hari specializes in active learner-centered teaching and fostering collaborative learning communities.


Multimedia Services Classroom Technology Support

For immediate response and assistance for problems with classroom technology, phone extension 5069 (413 542-5069). Emergency help requests from classes in session have first priority over all other help requests that IT receives. For questions or requests, email multimedia-l @

Features and Benefits: 

Your call will be seen by all members of the classroom tech support team, ensuring the fastest response possible.


Academic Technology Services provides technology-equipped classrooms for academic use. After class hours rooms can be reserved for events. See the list of technology-equipped classrooms with equipment.

Features and Benefits: 

Classroom Accessibility

The majority of classrooms are accessible to those with mobility issues.  Most buildings on campus have access ramps and/or elevators. To confirm accessibility, check with the person handling your room reservation.

Inaccessible rooms include Arms Music building rooms 102 and 212, all of the 2nd floor rooms in Chapin Hall, Clark 100, and the Babbott Room on the second floor of the Octagon building.


Please request a classroom that is already furnished with media equipment if your course requires extensive use of media.

Classroom assignments for classes are made by the Registrar's Office before each semester begins.

See the list of technology-equipped classrooms for reservation information for events booking. If you are looking for a room for an event, please also go to Public Affairs' Event Planning site. Please note that most non-classroom spaces have no multimedia equipment.

Getting Started: 

Computers installed in classrooms are Mac Minis that run both Macintosh (Mac) and Windows operating systems.

If you choose to run Windows, please be aware that the computer will reboot, the projector will go to "blue screen" and take a couple of minutes to get going, then work as normal. If you choose to run the Mac operating system, the computer will start a bit faster.

Both the Windows and Mac operating systems have PowerPoint.

If you have trouble don't hesitate to call the Classroom Help line at x5069 for help.




For room or equipment details, questions or to provide comments contact John Kunhardt (jwkunhardt).

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