Remote Teaching & Learning

Computing & Information Services

For Students

Learning at Reed will take a number of forms this fall, as classes resume and the COVID-19 pandemic continues. Whether you are taking a course in person or connecting remotely, watching lectures asynchronously or engaging in a small group Zoom discussion, technology will play a central role in your learning.

Below are some notes on the technical aspects of what you may need for Fall 2020. If you have questions, get in touch at remote-teaching@reed.edu.

Accessing hardware

Students at Reed use computers in almost every area of the curriculum, and this will be especially true during the 2020-21 academic year. Every student should have a laptop with a currently supported operating system, capable of running Microsoft Office, email, modern web browser, and Zoom. (For more details, see technical recommendations from CUS.)

If you do you have access to a computer, Reed may be able to help. Read more about the Student Technology Equipment Program, or contact Tony Palomino (palomint@reed.edu) to discuss your situation and make arrangements.

Accessing software

Campus computer labs, known as information resource centers (IRCs), will not be open for fall 2020 due to COVID-19 concerns. However, much of the specialized software normally provided in the IRCs will be available through our virtual lab system (additional information coming soon).

In addition to the virtual labs, many commonly-used programs are accessible at downloads.reed.edu.

If you are in need of specialty software to complete your thesis or coursework, get in touch with us at remote-teaching@reed.edu.

Internet access

You will need access to a stable internet connection to access remote learning. Note that common places to access public or shared wifi (i.e. coffee shops, libraries) may or may not be safely accessible. Some internet service providers may be reduced-cost internet access, with options varying depending on your location. 

Accessibility concerns

Remote learning may involve technologies and modes of learning that are new to you. If you have concerns, get in touch with your professor and with Disability & Accessibility Resources.

Maintaining email access

If you are traveling to a country where access to Google services is blocked, you can set up an alternate email address. Once you’ve done this, your Reed email will be forwarded to your chosen email address.

Please note that you will still not be able to access other Google services, such as Google Docs, Google Drive, or other Google Apps for Education. If your course requires use of these services, contact your professor as soon as possible to make alternate arrangements.

Courses online via Zoom and Meet

Your courses may be staying connected using technologies like Zoom and (Google) Meet. Read through our guide to Zoom and Meet. Videoconferencing requires a stable internet connection. If you anticipate issues with this, get in contact with your professor and share your concerns.

Staying connected outside of class

Within Reed’s Google domain, you can use Google Meet to connect with others over video. Schedule meetings with classmates (“add conferencing” on your Google Calendar invites), collaborate via screenshare, and chat with your friends. 

You can also create a free Zoom account (we recommend using the Sign in with Google option using your @reed.edu address). For more on both of these technologies, see our guides to Zoom and Meet