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 firstname.lastname@example.org. If you encounter a system that is not working as expected (e.g. Moodle, Zoom), check the CIS status page for outage news or contact us.
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 not have access to a computer, Reed may be able to help. Read more about the Student Technology Equipment Program, or contact Tony Palomino (email@example.com) to discuss your situation and make arrangements.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. Zoom support provides bandwith requirements as well as tips for improving WiFi connection issues.
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.
Zoom in China
Reedies in China may have issues using links with zoom.us or zoom.com in the address. When in China, these users should navigate to https://zoom.com.cn and enter the meeting ID in their web browser to join the meeting.
Alternatively, users may visit https://zoom.com.cn/download to download the official Chinese version of Zoom’s software. This version of the application routes back to Chinese servers, so Reedies should only use it while in China and use the https://zoom.us/download version while in the United States.
Please contact email@example.com with any issues accessing virtual teaching and learning materials.
Many courses at Reed use Moodle. Depending on the course, you might find a syllabus, e-reserves, assignment dropboxes, quizzes, and other materials and activities on the Moodle course page. If you are new to Moodle at Reed, we have a short introduction to get you started.
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.