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Here is your guide to success with CPE's online courses.

Things You'll Need


  1. Basic computer skills
  2. Access to a computer (Mac or PC)
  3. Ability to connect to the internet 
  4. Email 
  5. Modern web browser
  6. Speakers or headphones may be required


First of all, you'll need a UMass Amherst NetID. Think of your NetID as your driver’s license to get not only into your course but also to use a variety of UMass Amherst services


SPIRE manages class registration and students records at UMass Amherst. You’ll need to use your NetID to log into SPIRE.

BlackBoard Learn

Login to BlackBoard Learn

Blackboard user accounts and enrollment data are derived from SPIRE. Users with questions about their account or enrollment status in a Blackboard course should log into SPIRE to confirm that they are enrolled.



24/7 technical assistance (chat, email, phone, knowledgebase) is available to all students and faculty at

Online instructors may also contact CPE's eLearning Team during business hours (Mon-Fri, 9AM to 5PM EST) at or call 413-577-3434, choose option 2.

Faculty and staff with general questions about Blackboard at UMass Amherst should email us at


Technical support for Moodle classes is provided by UMass Amherst Information Technology (IT)

Supported Browsers

Check your browser

Self-Help Guides

Atomic Learning

Available to all UMass Amherst students, faculty, and staff with a UMass Amherst IT NetID (username) and password.

Once you have logged in, use the search term “Blackboard” to see a list of tutorials.

Login in to Atomic Learning