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  • How do I log on to SPIRE? Go to the SPIRE Logon page. Log on with your NetID (IT Account user name) and password. More about the NetID and password... What if I forget my ID or password? If you know your NetID but forget your password, use the Password & NetID Help link on the SPIRE...
  • Essential Information Access: Complete the FERPA Quiz, then have your Graduate Program Director email the Graduate School at gradreports@grad.umass.edu to request access for you to review graduate admissions documents online.    Navigation:  Log on to SPIRE. From the SPIRE Main Menu,...
  • General Questions: How do I get access to online graduate admissions documents? Complete the FERPA Quiz, then have your Graduate Program Director email the Graduate School at gradreports@grad.umass.edu to request access for you to review graduate admissions documents online. How do I find...
  • Would you like a quiet environment and personal assistance to learn how to view online graduate admissions documents? Take advantage of our Graduate Admissions Documents Help Sessions. Help Sessions are not formal workshops, but provide an opportunity for any instructor or staff member to get one-...
  • You can import grades from your Moodle or Blackboard Learn gradebook directly into your SPIRE grade rosters whenever you wish during the grade-entry period. You can find everything you need to import grades on the SPIRE Grade Roster page when it becomes available. Essential Information Grade...
  • Under the FERPA law, most student information is confidential and should be handled with care. By securing your computer and work environment, you can now avoid accidents where student's personal, financial, or academic information falls in the wrong hands. Our information security tips provide a...
  • Use The Instructor's Guide to Information Security to learn more about FERPA (the Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act) and related security issues that arise in instructional contexts. FERPA is the federal law that protects the confidentiality of student records. Our materials provide a...
  • UMass Amherst faculty, instructors, and staff use Amazon CourseMaterials to adopt textbooks or other materials. Adoptions display in SPIRE to help students budget and to provide them with direct links to rent or purchase the materials they will need for their classes. Students can retrieve a list...
  • About Class Email Lists SPIRE allows you to create email lists for the classes you are teaching each term (including summer and winter sessions). Use these lists to send announcements to your students or to set up discussions on course-related topics. Use SPIRE to create, refresh, and delete...
  • If you choose to publish your syllabi online, the best strategy is to add the file to Box and share the file with the public. Once you have uploaded your syllabus file to Box, you can share it to anyone with the link, or embed the file onto a website. This method preserves the privacy of any other...
  • If you teach multiple sections of the same class, or cross-listed classes, you may: Combine all class sections into one Moodle course (this is the most common option used for cross-listed classes). Request a separate Moodle course for each class section. Combine selected class sections...
  • The Faculty Center provides you with a single, personalized point of access to your class information. Use our step-by-step instructions to learn how to manage the display of your teaching schedule, get the most out of your class rosters, enter class overview or textbooks information, create a...
  • Learn more about the different name types that SPIRE stores and how you can update them. To view the names you have on file with the University, log into SPIRE and navigate to Main Menu > My Personal Information > Names. The Names page opens, listing your names by type. Student Primary...
  • These pages provide step-by-step instructions for setting up passwords that restrict access to your computer and your documents. Guidelines for creating effective passwords are also included. To learn more about data security, see our Information Security Tips. Password Guidelines Consider...
  • FERPA Certificate Do you want to see photos on your Class Rosters in SPIRE? Class Rosters with photos are available to all instructors who complete the online FERPA quiz.  If you are an advisor and advisees have been assigned to you, you will be able to see their photos as well. Note: Photos...
  • Essential Information Navigation: From the SPIRE Menu, go to Faculty Home > Print Posted Grade Rosters. Grade rosters contain FERPA-protected information about students! Be sure to take security precautions with grade roster PDF files and printouts. Step-by-Step Instructions From...
  • Tips These printing guidelines may not work for everyone due to the variety of browser versions and settings. Check the SPIRE logon page for supported browsers. Other browsers may work with SPIRE, but we cannot contact the vendor for help with compatibility issues for unsupported browsers...
  • Enter Grades in SPIRE On your Faculty Center check that your teaching schedule for the term for which you want to enter grades appears under My Schedule. If you see your teaching schedule for another term click the change term button. Select the term from the list for which you want to enter...
  • Moodle is a widely-used open source learning management system (LMS) used to deliver course content and host online learning activities. It offers tools for instructors to develop, deliver, and administer course materials and activities online.  For more information about Moodle, see our Moodle...
  • Essential Information Access: Complete the FERPA Quiz, then have your Graduate Program Director email the Graduate School at gradreports@grad.umass.edu to request access for you to review graduate admissions documents online.    Navigation:  Log on to SPIRE. From the SPIRE Main Menu,...

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