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...
Use the MassPirg/Child Care Waiver to remove these fees from your University bill for a given term.
Log on to SPIRE. On your Student Center, click the MassPirg/Child Care Waiver link under the Finances heading.
The top of the Mass Pirg and Child Care Waiver page displays the current term...
Students, go to your Message Center to view secure communications from University offices such as the Registrar's Office or Financial Aid.
Choose to hide messages after you read them by clicking the associated Hide link. You can still view messages after they are hidden: choose whether or not...
Students living in on-campus student housing facilities now have the option to identify among their emergency contacts a Missing Person Contact. Your Missing Person Contact gets notified in the event that you are determined to be missing. This information will remain confidential and is made...
Use SPIRE to Manage Your Directory Information in SPIRE
UMass Amherst instructors and staff, use SPIRE to manage your own contact information as it appears in People Finder and the UMass Directory. Employees are responsible for keeping their own information current. In most cases, your changes...
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.
As of Saturday, September 22, 2012, the SPIRE Main Menu will be a dropdown menu in a menu bar at the top of your SPIRE pages. The menu bar always includes Favorites and the Main Menu. The menu bar also shows the series of submenus (folders) that you selected on the way to the page...
The primary user name for your IT Account, your NetID (IT Account user name) gives you access to various technology services on campus, including UMail, SPIRE, and the campus network.
The NetID is an ID based on your first and/or last name. It is not your Social Security Number, or your 8-digit ID...
All data entry for and approval of graduate employee appointments must be completed in SPIRE. Automated routing for approvals is managed by SPIRE, allowing everyone involved to process information quickly to ensure that graduate student employees receive their first...
You are not required to publish your syllabi online. If you choose to do so, you can publish them either as outlines or as complete syllabi like those you distribute in class.
Use the Online Syllabus or Outline section to enter the Web address (URL) for any online syllabus for the class. Enter the...
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.
About Post-Enrollment Requirement Checking (PERC)
PERC enables SPIRE B users to easily identify students who are enrolled in a class but did not satisfy prerequisites for it.
Students often enroll in classes for the next term while they are still taking prerequisite courses in the current term....
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...
If you have two SPIRE accounts (a.k.a. roles), SPIRE will log you on as an instructor/staff member by default when you use your NetID. To change this default, update your preferences with a preferred and alternate role.
Log on to SPIRE (it does not matter which role you choose).
In the Main...
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.
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...