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Computer Classrooms: Information for Instructors

Important information for instructors regarding UMass Amherst IT computer classrooms is provided below.

Teaching in an IT Computer Classroom

Faculty or instructors may reserve a computer classroom if your students need access to computers during class time. You can make a reservation for a single session, or for the entire semester depending on your needs. Our facilities are limited, so we urge you to get your requests in early!

Single session reservations must be made two weeks in advance.

Reservations are accepted for class sessions when students will be working on computers. Reservations are not accepted for lectures or student study time. The faculty member or TA must be present throughout the class session.

Platforms and Classroom Size

We offer different configurations of classrooms to meet the needs of a variety of teaching styles. We have both Windows and Mac classrooms. Most of our classrooms can accommodate 25 students; the largest is a 39-seat PC lab. For a complete list of classroom locations and seating capacities, see our Classroom page.

Students also have access to specialized software using one of the 123 UMass Amherst IT-maintained computers in the Learning Commons. The Learning Commons is open 24 hours per day, five days per week.

Data projectors are available in each classroom – request one when you make your reservation.

Request a Classroom Reservation

To reserve an IT computer classroom, submit an online request. If you need more information about teaching in the IT computer classrooms, send an email to classres@umass.edu with the following information: 

  • Name and contact info for the person making the reservation (if different than the faculty member).
  • Name of faculty member and contact info (email address, phone number).
  • Department.
  • Course number and title (ENGLWRIT 112 sec 15 - College Writing).
  • Number of students in the class.
  • Date(s) and time(s) requested.
  • Requesting a specific IT computer classroom?
  • Preference for Windows or Macintosh?
  • Have you used an IT computer classroom before?
  • Hardware or software requirements.
  • Additional requests: classroom quick set up training, projector, special software, or files.

Request Software

IT maintains an extensive collection of software in the IT computer classrooms. If you would like to see additional specialized software that you are using for a course installed on our IT computer classroom machines, we will do our best to accommodate you. If there is a licensing fee associated with the software, the department requesting the software is usually responsible for paying the licensing fee. 

All software requests or changes for upcoming academic year are due on June 1st. 

We encourage you to email us at swrequest@umass.edu to schedule a preliminary consultation, even if your plans are not completely finalized.