Teaching with Technology

Information Technology

For students

Classes at Reed use a variety of technologies to support teaching and learning.

Below are some notes on the technical aspects of computing at Reed that may be helpful for students. If you have questions, get in touch at its@reed.edu. If you encounter a system that is not working as expected (e.g. Moodle, Zoom), check the IT status page for outage news or contact us.

Covering basic technology needs

Technology for courses and beyond

Safe computing

Accessing computer hardware

Students at Reed use computers in almost every area of the curriculum. 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 Taylor Smith (smitht@reed.edu) to discuss your situation and make arrangements. If you need to borrow a computer for a shorter period of time, you can check out a laptop from the Instructional Media Center (IMC) in the library.

Accessing software

Specialized software for courses is available through our virtual computer labs, accessible to all students, faculty, and staff. Students can also access specialized software at campus computer labs.

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 its@reed.edu.

Accessibility concerns

If you have questions about accessibility and the technologies used in your classes, get in touch with your professor and with Disability & Accessibility Resources.

Zoom and Google Meet

Some meetings, events, and resources may be offered remotely via videoconference. Reed supports Zoom and Meet.

If you are looking to stay connected with friends remotely, you can use Google Meet or create a free Zoom account (we recommend using the Sign in with Google option using your @reed.edu address).


Many courses at Reed use Moodle. Depending on the course, you might find a syllabus, e-reserves, assignments, 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.

Panopto media system

Many courses at Reed use Panopto for viewing video and audio media. We have a brief overview of the tools in Panopto to get you started.

Safe computing

Reed IT provides general recommendations for safe computing as well as suggestions for safely maintaining access to Reed email and services while traveling.

Contact its@reed.edu with any issues accessing course materials.