Academics and Remote Learning

Academics and Remote Learning

Updated April 5, 2021

Education Abroad

Visit the International Programs Office site where you can find information on studying abroad, including advising services offered in a virtual format. 


The Libraries are open to students for limited in-person services.and offer many services remotely, including curbside pick-up, ILL and document delivery services, and by-appointment access to Special Collections and University Archives. 

Please visit the UMass Libraries website for the latest information about how to use library services.

Resources to Succeed at Remote Learning

UMass Amherst Information Technology (IT) is available to help you with Moodle and online collaboration tools. You can reach IT at 413-545-9400, at or through instant messageBlackboard support is available through UMassOnline.

The Writing Center is available to discuss your writing one-on-one with a tutor,. Make an online appointment with the Writing Center. For questions, please email

The Learning Resource Center Academic Support services including Tutoring/ExSEL Sessions and SI Sessions and OURS services will be offered online for the rest of the semester.

Safety Measures in Face-to-Face Classes 

The safety of all instructors, students and staff is the highest priority. When face-to-face classes resume, the campus will resume strict public health guidelines in all classrooms, labs and studios. Read more about the measures in place during Spring 2021.

Services for Students with Disabilities

Disability Services

Disability Services is operating remotely. For more information, visit the Disability Services site.

Assistive Technology Center

The UMass Assistive Technology Center (ATC) operates remotely Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and provides access to a variety of software to help students, staff and faculty access courses digitally. If you are a person with a disability seeking assistance in accessing your electronic courses through Moodle or Blackboard, ATC has tools that can help.

ATC provides access to:

  • Screen readers
  • Magnification software
  • Dictation software
  • Text-to-speech programs
  • Task management applications
  • Note-taking tools for your Windows PC, Mac, iOS, or Android device
  • Chrome extensions to maximize your ability to access online classes
  • Assistive Technology Work Stations

You do not need to be a registered user of Disability Services to access much of this technology, but you do need to be registered to remotely access Assistive Technology Work Stations. To register with Disability Services, complete this intake form and provide your diagnostic materials. Registered students can contact the office and speak with a consumer manager for support.

Software is available for download through the ATC website.

Contact the Assistive Technology Specialist at or call 413-545-9623 for more information or to schedule a virtual meeting. 

Undergraduate Researchers in UMass Facilities

UMass Amherst welcomes as many interested and qualified students as possible to participate in high-quality research opportunities. Guidelines are provided for undergraduate students to plan a face-to-face research experience and for their faculty advisors. Read the complete guidelines.